March 17, 2004
Indurain says Armstrong highly motivated
Five-time Tour de France winner Miguel Indurain told a Spanish newspaper (en Español) he likes Lance Armstrong's chances at a 6th Tour victory in July:
"As we see him going now, and looking at his rivals, I see him with the capacity to win a sixth Tour," Indurain said. "I see him with the same motivation as other years and his results so far this year indicate he took care of himself over the winter."
"Physically, he looked good even though the last Tour there were a lot of problems," Indurain said. "It's obvious that the passing years don't count in your favor, because you lose your explosiveness and this has always been his strength. But you gain experience at the same time and that's important, too. Every year it's harder to find the form and it takes longer to recover during the races. It's essential to arrive in good form at the start."
In another Spanish daily, Roberto Heras, Armstrong's former teammate, said he's shooting for nothing less than a Tour victory:
"My time has come," Heras told the Spanish daily AS. "I'm giving everything for the Tour."
"The Tour was already my goal for the 2005 season and by joining Liberty, I have moved it up by one year," said the two-time Vuelta a España champion. "I see Armstrong has begun his season on a good rhythm and he looks good. Ullrich is not as strong, but we all know from other seasons that it's not until May or June that we begin to see his true level."
Heras said he's been riding 600 miles per week and working out 5-6 hours weekly on his upper body.
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