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December 12, 2003

Armstrong to chase yellow AND gold in 2004

BBC SPORT | Armstrong sets double goal

Armstrong said he was motivated by his unconvincing performance in winning a fifth consecutive Tour last season.

"I feel I have a point to prove. I was just not happy with my performance in 2003," the American said.

About the Olympics, he added: "I want gold, specifically in the time-trial. If they select me, of course."

I think he has a pretty good chance of making the team.

The Texan acknowledged that at 32 he is "exiting" his peak, while arch-rival Jan Ullrich, who pushed him all the way in 2003, is arguably at the height of his powers at 29.

"Jan's got a good chance of winning because he's got a great team, he has got the motivation again and at 30 is entering best years of his career," Armstrong said.

"Some people are saying I'm leaving my best years and so he'll be tough to beat. It will be a close race next year, perhaps I think we should start calling him the favourite."

Also, from the Yahoo! Sport version of the same story:

"I typically leave the States in February and return in September but now I can't stay away for so long I'm going to do two month blocks racing and training in Europe and then go back," he said.

"I'd rather lose the Tour de France rather than spend six or seven months away from my kids."

Posted by Frank Steele on December 12, 2003 in Tour news | Permalink

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