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July 29, 2003

BBC Sport | Tour legends back Armstrong

BBC Sport has analyses from the other 5-timers on Lance Armstrong's chances of winning a 6th Tour next year:

  • Eddy Merckx:
    Merckx, winner in 1969, 1970, 1971, 1972 and 1974, said he could even see Armstrong winning a seventh Tour.

    "He can win a sixth and, why not, a seventh Tour, if he concentrates solely on that one race," the Belgian told the Le Parisien newspaper.

    "He knows how to prepare himself and with his drive and talent a sixth win is forseeable."

    "When you know how much he suffers in the heat you have to recognise how intelligently he raced this year."

    "If Armstrong is motivated, perfectly prepared and avoids bad luck, he can win again."

  • Bernard Hinault:
    "It's not mission impossible. He can do it," he said. "But the opposition will be even tougher. The margin will be even slimmer."

  • Miguel Indurain:
    "I hope he can do it again. But if nobody has done it so far it shows how hard it is," said the Spaniard.

    "When you get to 32, the years count double. I found out in 1996 when the Tour was going through my hometown at Pamplona.

    "I was desperate to win but the legs had gone. That was the year I was 32."

Posted by Frank Steele on July 29, 2003 in Tour news | Permalink


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