Chrisdigo From Sweden, joined Oct 2003, 181 posts, RR: 5 Posted (8 years 11 months 1 week 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 1205 times:
... but rather instead focus on other competition such as Paris-Roubaix, Tour of Flanders, Tour of Italy, Tour of Spain etc
Armstrong, though, said that his decision would not be based on his sometimes fractious relations with the French public. In fact he claimed he was liked by the majority of them:
"I think this perception (in the US) between myself and the entire French public is absolutely incorrect. The majority of people are supporting me on the side of the road, a few say nasty things ... I am fine with that."
NUAir From Malaysia, joined Jun 2000, 1181 posts, RR: 0 Reply 2, posted (8 years 11 months 1 week 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 1173 times:
Actually, I think the new sponsor, The Discovery Channel, is requiring that Lance and the team start doing a lot better in the other big races.
I would love to see them increase their budget, get Herras back and take the Vuelta.
Malgré le forfait italien annoncé d'Armstrong, Discovery Channel prendra également part au Giro, disputé du 7 au 29 mai. La course est particulièrement attendue par Paolo Salvadelli, coureur italien de 31 ans et nouveau venu dans l'équipe.
However, I think they have no business in the Giro and unless they can find a few good Italian riders (in addition to Paolo) to join up they should avoid it at all costs.
In cycling the sponsors dictate everything and while the US Postal Service was content with winning the Tour every year, Discovery wants more publicity all over Europe.
"How Many Assholes we got on this ship?" - Lord Helmet
Imonti From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 4, posted (8 years 11 months 1 week 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 1150 times:
Armstrong has expressed and interest in riding the Giro but has publically stated that he will not go there to give their media and police a field day to to question him over the pending court case with Phillpo Simione.
Lance Armstrong writes his own ticket and it is not that he will be riding other races for Discovery but for himself to prove that he is still a classic's rider, hence his bitter disappointment over the number of years in not winning the Amstel Gold Race. Discovery have a number of fine riders who are better suited for shorter stage races and classic's than Lance but Armstrong has continuously expressed his interest in competing competitively in such races and winning them as some people have questioned weather he is only good for winning the Tour De France, he has outlined many years ago he would love to win a number of classic one day races.
Lance during a number of interviews has been uming and arghing whether he will be back in 2005, if he doesn't arrive it will be purely for a different rider to emerge victarious. He has said it must be boring and would be nice for some one else to win as some critics have said it kills the Tour De France. Lance is a very generous guy in that he has given up a stage win on Mon von Teux in the tour which he so badly wants and in this years tour didn't sprint against Basso in the first mountain top finish, however the next few days he did.
He has the drive and desire to win that no other rider has, he often says that Ullrich is the bigger talent and he seems to be but the fire inside Jan doesn't burn so brightly where as in Lance it does. If he is at the start this year he wont be going for second place and I would put money on Lance standing atop the podium on the Champs-Elysees in July.
DfwRevolution From United States of America, joined Jan 2010, 851 posts, RR: 51 Reply 5, posted (8 years 11 months 1 week 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 1135 times:
Can you blame him? Think of the staggering amount of time you have to prepare for something like the Tour... it leaves you with like nothing. He's proven he rocks, but there's a point when everyone has to move on with life. And like C-boy said, leave when you're at the top of your game...
AAplatnumflier From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 8, posted (8 years 11 months 1 week 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 1104 times:
I would love to see an American win and win for another 6 years or for that matter anyone win for 6 years...boy would that be interesting...but nothing would be as interesting and memorable as Lance Armstrong and his fight with cancer....