February 18, 2004
Coming in 2005: The United Texas Tour
The 9-stage race will raise funds for the Lance Armstrong Foundation and feature a $175,000 purse.
The race director said he wasn't sure whether Armstrong would compete or not. It's interesting to speculate whether Armstrong might ride this race as his swan song: He's said before he plans to ride for two more seasons, and this race is scheduled late in the second season.
"This brings back some of the memories I have of taking Lance to races in Texas," said Armstrong's mother, Linda Armstrong, who attended Tuesday's news conference announcing the race. "These are the types of races I enjoyed taking him to. It wasn't uncommon for us to get up in the morning and drive to Lubbock or Wichita Falls or Tyler. Lance would race and we'd come home."