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May 30, 2005

Armstrong picks Ullrich as Tour "big threat"

BBC SPORT | Armstrong hails Savoldelli form

In an audio interview with Eurosport, Lance Armstrong said he's facing an "especially strong" field in the 2005 Tour de France.

Apparently, Discovery Channel has 7 members of its Tour squad nailed down: Armstrong, Azevedo, Beltran, Hincapie, Popovych, Rubiera, and Savoldelli, with 2 spots still to be determined.

Next up is the Dauphiné Libéré, starting Saturday, expected to be Armstrong's final tune-up for the Tour in July.

"Jan is the big threat," Armstrong told Eurosport. "He's the one who wakes me up early every morning. He says he wants to beat me in the Tour de France.

"Well, this is his last chance."

Posted by Frank Steele on May 30, 2005 in George Hincapie, Jan Ullrich, Lance Armstrong 2004, Paolo Savoldelli, Tour news | Permalink


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This looks like a very strong team! Salvodelli will be strong in the 3rd week. The rest of the race you have Azevedo, Beltran, Hincapie, Popovych and Rubiera along with two strong guys! Wow!!!!

Posted by: Bill Hue at May 31, 2005 5:22:44 PM

I was honestly worried about Ullrich last year. Then, he folded on the first mountain stage last year, 10km before the last climb.

Ullrich is no threat to this year's winner will be.

Posted by: Jason O. at Jun 6, 2005 11:37:07 AM