March 14, 2005
Armstrong back in training
Lance Armstrong, who dropped out of Paris-Nice after Wednesday's stage, rode 3.5 hours on Saturday, and is very likely to ride the Tour of Flanders April 3 as planned.
According to Discovery staff, it will be between 12 to 14 days before the Tour champion’s spring programme, expected to still include the Tour of Flanders on April 3, is finally confirmed.
“Maybe Lance bit off more than he could chew by starting this race after the busy winter he’s had,” said Armstrong’s team director, Sean Yates. “Now he needs a solid block of hard training, but with the class that he has he will soon be back in form.”
The thing nobody seems to be saying is that maybe Armstrong has finally reached that age where it takes a little longer to ride into shape. The flip side of that being that it also takes a little longer (especially in a stage race) to recover fully.
On the other hand, it could just be, as they say, that he just didn't get his base training in as early as he usually does, and a few weeks of big-mile days will put everything right.
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