June 12, 2005
Armstrong: "I don't want my kids to see me riding into Paris in a Discovery jersey"
Lance Armstrong looks to be more ready for the Tour de France this year than last. That's not good news for other riders' Tour hopes, given that Armstrong dominated last year's Tour, winning five stages.
Armstrong finished 4th at the Dauphiné Libéré today, and played a very active role in the race, but he was unsatisfied with the performance:
"I wasn't explosive and wasn't able to make the selection, only to follow," Armstrong said. "But I know from here I can step up another level."
Armstrong says his primary motivator this year is ending his career on a high note. That, and the kids:
"My kids will be at the Tour and at the finish," he said. "I don't want my kids to see me riding into Paris in a Discovery jersey. It has to be yellow."
It definitely sounds like the brash Armstrong is back when he's asked about likely Tour rivals:
"Every year people ask for a list of 10 or 12 guys who can challenge," Armstrong said. "But do we really need a list? That's not the question. The question is how good I'm going to be. Am I going to be good enough to win? That's the question."
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lance will win the tour this year again as its his last he will go out wit a back good luck xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
Posted by: selina carr at Jun 13, 2005 6:14:00 AM
To mix sports metaphors, Ullrich is the 1990-1995 Buffalo Bills of professional cycling. Scary talent and sky-high potential but can't win the big game.
Lance owned Ullrich since "the look." Or if you want, since Ullrich's dumb early attack (Tourmalet?) on the mountain stage 2 years ago.
Vinokourov, now he scares me.
Posted by: Jason O. at Jun 13, 2005 10:14:01 AM
I agree with Jason-Vinokourov is the guy with the guts to beat Lance or die trying. Ullrich does not have alot of guts, but he does have alot of talent. The fact those two are on the same team may benefit Discovery.
Posted by: Bill Hue at Jun 13, 2005 11:03:25 AM
I concur with both Jason and Bill -- Vinokourov is a wild card...he could be the toughest competition for Armstrong. 2 years ago he was tough and he looks ready now.
Basso is also someone to watch. His ITT at the Giro was good and he was climbing well before his "stomach" problem. He could be a big problem come le tour.
Posted by: Manolo at Jun 17, 2005 9:11:12 PM
I will be on the side at the 'Col de Madelaine' in 2 weeks. i will be cheering on Armstrong. To retire on a 7th win would be fantastic
Posted by: Nick Bayne at Jun 26, 2005 2:35:37 PM