Indurain: 'Lance not as explosive'

Five-time Tour de France winner Miguel Indurain says that age may be catching up with six-time winne

Five-time Tour de France winner Miguel Indurain says that age may be catching up with six-time winne

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Five-time Tour de France champion Miguel Indurain has said that he does not believe Lance Armstrong is now as explosive in his riding style as he was, and added that it seemed that age could be catching up with the American.

Speaking to Europa Press, Indurain said that Armstrong "showed last year that he wasn't as explosive as before and did not create the time differences he had in previous years." Armstrong, said Indurain, "had a pretty standard season and this happens as the years go by. He's a year older now and this does make a difference."

Armstrong is set to appear at a press conference in Georgia on Monday when, it is widely rumoured, he will announce the date of his retirement from the sport.

Indurain also felt that Jan Ullrich's options at the Tour de France may be decreasing. Ullrich's best period, said the Spanish champion, was "a long time ago". He added: "He has won a Tour and been second on five occasions. But he hasn't won what Armstrong has. If you are second all the time and the top guy begins to fail then you've got options, but all of those setbacks he has had will have taken a toll on him."

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