May 31, 2004
Armstrong scouts Mortirolo in Italian Alps
Cyclingnews.com quotes from an interview between Lance Armstrong and La Gazzetta dello Sport. Apparently, Armstrong is training in the Italian Alps, and rode the Mortirolo, the hardest climb in Saturday's Stage 19 of the Giro.
"It's a terrible climb...it's perfect for a mountain bike. On the hardest parts, I was riding a 39x27 and I was hurting, really hurting. (Mortirolo) is the hardest climb I've ever ridden. My time up the climb? It's not important; I rode the Mortirolo to have some fun and ride with the 'cicloamatori'...there were a few raindrops, but it was a great day.
This year's Tour goes nowhere near the Italian Alps, leading the interviewer to ask if Armstrong is planning to ride next year's Giro:
"You never know..."
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