Armstrong confirms Tour participation

Lance Armstrong confirms that the 2005 Tour de France is on his programme for the season, as are the

Lance Armstrong confirms that the 2005 Tour de France is on his programme for the season, as are the
PIC BY TDWSPORT.COM Lance Armstrong has confirmed what won't be the most surprising of news for his rivals, telling thepaceline.com website that the 2005 Tour de France is on his programme for this season. "I am grateful for the opportunity that Discovery Communications has given the team and look forward to achieving my goal of a seventh Tour de France," said Armstrong. As well as the Tour, and following the indication earlier this week that he will be lining up at Paris-Nice next month, Armstrong also confirmed his participation in the Tour of Flanders and a defence of his Tour de Georgia title. Other races will be programmed into the Texan's calendar as the season progresses and after discussions with Discovery team manager Johan Bruyneel. "I am excited to get back on the bike and start racing although my condition is far from perfect," said Armstrong. "Johan and I will evaluate my fitness later this spring and possibly add some races to the calendar," said Armstrong. Although Armstrong's commitment to the Tour had been in the balance until today's announcement, most of the American's likely challengers in July were certain that Armstrong would ride. Among the many riders and team staff contacted by procycling in recent weeks about Armstrong's participation, only Euskaltel team manager Julian Gorospe felt that Armstrong would not ride, but would instead opt to leave his Tour record at six successive wins. Now we shall see whether Armstrong can extend that incredible record to seven Tour titles.
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