July 02, 2004
Jalabert: Armstrong to win; he's like "Terminator that never dies"
Laurent Jalabert says Lance Armstrong will win his 6th consecutive Tour de France this year, but expects it to be tight.
Jalabert, who won both the green and polka-dotted jersey in his career, now does cycling commentary for French TV.
“[I]t is going to be very difficult to beat him. However, this year there are several riders who are aiming to beat him, whereas last year most were just thinking of coming second to him.”
Jalabert discounted Armstrong's difficulties last year as springing from his fall in the preparatory Dauphiné Libéré. Asked to compare Armstrong and Indurain, the two five-timers he raced against, Jalabert at first refuses, then says:
“I preferred riding against Indurain because of his manner – less provocative, more discreet, he had more class… Armstrong seems as if he doesn’t feel pain, he’s like a machine, like the star of an American film, a Terminator who never dies.”
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