June 22, 2005
Discovery announces final TdF team
Armstrong at Tour de Georgia.
Photo by Frank Steele.
José Luis Rubiera
"I think we have fielded our strongest team ever with this formation," said Armstrong.
"It has many consistent elements from years past, like the Spanish armada for the climbs, strong guys like George, Pavel and Benjamin, the Giro winner in Savoldelli plus a guy like Popo (Popovych) with a very bright future."
Armstrong regrets the absence of ageless wonder Viatcheslav Ekimov, injured training near Austin in April, but says he "plan[s] on riding the race with all the toughness he (Eki) has shown over the years."
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Tracked on Jun 22, 2005 6:57:51 PM
Bruyneel and Lance are priceless: They have the strongest team in the field and yet they still try to project weakness and lower expectations by talking over and over about Ekimov...this is not to say that Ekimov is not important, just that the loss fits perfectly into their long-established strategy...
Posted by: Jason O. at Jun 23, 2005 9:58:04 AM
We're having a "TourWatch 2005" viewing party for the tdf in Austin throughout July. It will be a daily event. We're looking for interviewees to talk about the race on our podcasts via phone or skype. See the press release at http://touroftexas.com for details.
Posted by: Paul Terry Walhus at Jun 25, 2005 4:19:07 PM