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July 11, 2004

Rest day? Ha!

VeloNews | Armstrong: The real Tour is coming up

There's no stage on Monday, so it's tempting to think of the riders spending the day on the couch, sipping margaritas and visiting with friends and family.

No such luck: Lance Armstrong's US Postal team will ride 2+ hours with spurts well above "easy":

"You have to train fairly hard because your body is used to riding hard every day at certain intensity levels," he said. "You can't take a complete rest day off the bike, that'd be a disaster, you can't even go out for one hour easy. I think you have to ride in the medium zone a little bit and keep the body running."

Armstrong said he's pleased with the first one-third of the 2004 Tour:

"We would have been better off without the new regulations of the team time trial, we would have been better off without my crash, even though there were no major consequences, and so I suppose I'm satisfied. It was close to perfect."

The five-time winner suggested Saturday that some of the late-stage crashes that have plagued the Tour would have been prevented by an earlier individual time trial, which would put some gaps between major contenders, and eliminate a few riders who think they are.

"There are harder stages to come, and hopefully they'll be more selective so that we don't have 200 guys coming to the finish together," he said.

"We're going to have a hard day on the stage to Saint Flour (on Wednesday). I think it's the longest day of the Tour. We'll try and stay out of trouble, but the Tour starts after the transfer."

Posted by Frank Steele on July 11, 2004 in Lance Armstrong 2004, Top Stories, Tour news | Permalink

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