Eddy Merckx: Lance Armstrong to race Tour of Qatar next year

There seems little doubt that Lance Armstrong will continue racing into 2010.  According to an Agence France-Presse (AFP) story today, Armstrong told cycling great Eddy Merckx yesterday that he will race in next year's Tour of Qatar.  Merckx, for years a close friend of Armstrong's, assists with the organization of the race.  The two spoke by phone as Armstrong dined with Merckx's son, Axel.  Merckx added that had Armstrong not raced the Tour Down Under last month, he'd have raced in Qatar this year.