June 27, 2005
Armstrong on crash, Tour prep, and French weather forecasts
Lance Armstrong talked with a number of American journalists yesterday about where he stands in his hunt for a 7th consecutive Tour victory.
On his spill last week:
"It's just an issue of a little road rash on the knee and hands and the cut on the eye," he said. The bike made it fine but the handlebars "were in pieces," he said.
To add insult to injury, he said he was stung by a bee near his other eye just before his crash. After he got up from the crash, he then said, "OK, time to go home."
Armstrong said he expected to do his last hard training ride today, then flying to St. Etienne to preview the Stage 20 time trial course, and will be at the start by Wednesday night for medial tests starting Thursday.
The time before the Tour is the worst period — those three of four days where you're at the location of the start, you're waiting around, you're checked from head to toe and you're poked and prodded and you do press conferences and at the end of the day it's man, maybe I can go for a bike ride and preview the prologue course and then you finally go down the start ramp and you say, "Look, thank goodness we can finally get this thing started" — because it's hectic.
He repeated that he wants his children "to see their dad in a yellow jersey one final time."
Someone asked about France having a hot July. They must have much better forecasters than we get in Atlanta -- I wouldn't trust those guys to tell me it won't snow next week.
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I have a question for you. I'm going to be on vacation for the first few days of the tour and won't have internet/tv access. all I'll have is my cell. Is there a service that can send stage updates to my cell? I seem to recall something like that last year.
Posted by: kv at Jun 27, 2005 2:39:35 PM