July 18, 2004
Armstrong: Retire, hell!
The way he's riding right now, what is the upper bound on Armstrong Tour victories? Fifteen?
"Not so long ago, I was convinced I would end my career after a sixth victory but now it is tough for me to think I might soon retire."
"It's difficult for me to think I could not be in a team which is going to last three more seasons with a new sponsor," he added, referring to U.S. Postal Service being replaced by Discovery Channel as Armstrong's team sponsors next season.
Armstrong said he's suffering less than he did last year, "but more than in 2001" on this year's Tour.
He once again addressed the rumors he's used illegal performance aids:
"To some extent I understand their point," he said. "The guy nearly died from cancer and it's impossible that he could win the toughest race in the world. Yet I'm telling you there is no secret."
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