16 February 2005


Allez, Allez, Allez!


Armstrong Will Go for Seventh Win

Lance Armstrong has announced that he will ride in this year's Tour de France and aim for a seventh straight win.

It was rumoured the 34-year-old would skip the event but part of the deal with new backers Discovery Channel was he would race at least one more Tour.

Discovery took over sponsorship of Armstrong's team from US Postal, who funded his first six Tour victories.

The Texan said in a statement on Wednesday that he was "looking forward to achieving a seventh Tour (win)".

Armstrong is set to open his 2005 campaign in the Paris-Nice race from 6-13 March.

His Le Tour build-up also includes the prestigious Spring classic the Tour of Flanders on 3 April.

Armstrong will then return to the US and defend his title in the Tour de Georgia from April 19-25 and other dates to his schedule may be added.

"I am excited to get back on the bike and start racing although my condition is far from perfect," Armstrong said.

"Johan (Bruyneel, the team's sports manager) and I will evaluate my fitness later this spring and possibly add some races to the calendar."

Story from BBC SPORT:

Published: 2005/02/16 10:05:40 GMT



Post a Comment

<< Home