Melbourne: Australian sprinter Robbie McEwen is planning to make his comeback to professional cycling at the Tour Down Under in January.
A three-time winner of the Tour de France`s sprinters` green jersey, McEwen was sidelined for most of 2009 after crashing heavily at Belgium in May.
The 37-year-old had to abort a comeback in July to undergo more surgery but told race officials he wants to resume racing for his Katusha team at the Tour Down Under from Jan. 17-24.
American Lance Armstrong and Australia`s road race world champion Cadel Evans will also be competing in the race.
"McEwen has won 12 stages Tour Down Under stages, more than anyone else in the race`s history," race director Mike Turtur said in a statement.
"It wouldn`t be the Tour Down Under without Robbie. He is fast, competitive and always ready to put on a show in front of a home crowd."