Armstrong back on the bike

According to his Discovery Channel team, Lance Armstrong is back in training and still has the Tour

According to his Discovery Channel team, Lance Armstrong is back in training and still has the Tour
PIC BY TDWSPORT.COM Lance Armstrong, who quit the 'race to the sun' with a sore throat as snowstorms swept through the Massif Central last week, is reported to be back in training. The six-time Tour champion flew home to Girona in Spain on Wednesday night to recover from his bug and his poor start to the season. According to his team, he started training again this weekend. "He told me that he was going to try to ride for four hours," said Johan Bruyneel, Armstrong's Discovery Channel team directeur, on Sunday. That came after the American spent three and a half hours in the saddle on Saturday. "What matters now is that he finds his rhythm. He told me that the weather was good in Spain, so I think in a week from now he will have done as much work as if he'd stayed here in the race." According to Discovery staff, it will be between 12 to 14 days before the Tour champion's spring programme, expected to still include the Tour of Flanders on April 3, is finally confirmed. "Maybe Lance bit off more than he could chew by starting this race after the busy winter he's had," said Armstrong's team director, Sean Yates. "Now he needs a solid block of hard training, but with the class that he has he will soon be back in form." Yates added that he thought Armstrong should have no problem getting himself ready for Flanders with five or six-hour training rides planned for the coming days. The Texan will be staying in Spain where the weather is good and he can get some solid training time under his belt. Yates felt that not completing Paris-Nice would not be a serious problem for Armstrong as far as the Tour of Flanders is concerned, and that all the Discovery team leader is lacking is a decent training base. Despite all the recent speculation about Armstrong's future programme, his team have said that nothing is set in stone for him beyond Flanders. The Discovery team also confirmed that Britain's Roger Hammond is set to line up in Milan-San Remo next weekend.
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