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Dec. 26 2008, Updated 12:17 p.m. ET

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It's not enough that Lance Armstrong plans to bag retirement and race again in the Tour de France. To make 2009 even more memorable, the bike legend has announced that he and galpal Anna Hansen are expecting a child.

The pregnancy is something of a miracle. In 1996, Armstrong was diagnosed with testicular cancer. Chemotherapy left him unable to father children, though he and now ex-wife Kristin Richards had 3 kids with sperm Armstrong had donated prior to the treatment.

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In the case of the new babe, no artificial fertilization was required.

Indeed, surviving cancer was one reason he decided to return to cycling. Writing on the LiveStrong website, he said, "After talking with my children, my family and my closest friends, I have decided to return to professional cycling in order to raise awareness of the global cancer burden."

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