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March 30, 2005

What will Armstrong announce April 18?

Eurosport | Armstrong hints he's soon had enough

At a post-race press conference at Paris-Camembert, Lance Armstrong reiterated that he will absolutely ride the 2005 Tour de France, but didn't stop there:

"I'll be there. I swear it... And it will maybe be my last," he said after finishing Tuesday's Paris-Camembert in preparation for the Tour of Flanders on Sunday.

Armstrong turned almost wistful in an interview with Le Figaro, saying victories for him at Paris-Roubaix or the Tour of Lombardy "will never happen."

"And then there's the hour record which is so far removed from what I do normally. It remains a possibility, but I'd have to think about it. This record, it's a fascination, not an obsession."

Last Monday, Velogal mentioned that Armstrong would make "an announcement at the end of the Tour de Georgia that people will be interested in." He made a similar statement (story, in French) to L'Equipe: "If I were you, I'd come to the Tour of Georgia. I've planned an important announcement."

At this stage of Armstrong's career, there are only a few possible announcements I could see him building up: 1) His retirement, 2) He's engaged to Sheryl Crow, 3) He's got a place and a timeline for the hour record, 4) He's actually not riding this year's Tour.

Since he's explicitly said he WILL ride the Tour, and he's backpedaling a little on the hour record, smart money has to be on the retirement, but when? Would he want to do a victory lap with Discovery Channel?

Posted by Frank Steele on March 30, 2005 in Lance Armstrong, Top Stories, Tour de Georgia | Permalink

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Lance and Bruyneel are the masters of disguise...they will keep everyone off balance until Le Tour, and then during it as well.

Posted by: Jason O. at Mar 30, 2005 1:24:47 PM

my guess is that it's engagement to sheryl. too late in the season to announce big career stuff i'd guess.

Posted by: harry at Mar 30, 2005 4:58:34 PM

while it could be his retirement, the cynic in me says it's a ploy to bring more publicity to the Tour de Georgia.

Maybe his contract w/ Suburu is ending and he's courting Dodge...

Posted by: john at Apr 1, 2005 12:40:29 PM

That Discovery Channel has decided to change uniform designs since the current ones look like they are out of the Performance catalog.

Posted by: John at Apr 1, 2005 12:41:02 PM

I did not find androgens in his apartment you idioses

Posted by: Allesandri at Apr 3, 2005 9:15:11 PM

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