March 08, 2005
Armstrong suffering at Paris-Nice
Six-time Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong told Eurosport he's really hurting in his first race of the year:
"I think my condition is bad or not great, but I also think that this is a later start than usual for me," he told Eurosport before the start of Stage 2 of the Paris-Nice. "Last year I started racing in early February, but this year I chose to stay in the States longer and to start here now.
"I wouldn't normally suffer in a race like this as I would have competed prior to the event," he added, "but training is very different from race conditions as this is how you get the speed into your legs."
Armstrong dropped to 70th overall on the stage, which was shortened due to snow. He also confirmed his upcoming racing schedule will include the Tour of Flanders, Tour of Georgia, and Dauphiné Libéré, and his website confirmed Monday that he'll ride the team time trial in Eindhoven June 19th.
Procycling reports that Armstrong will ride Paris-Camembert March 29th. They also report that Armstrong wants to race Paris-Roubaix, but that team director Johan Bruyneel doesn't want to take the risk of riding the cobble-heavy Hell of the North.
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