Lance Armstrong announces his intention to miss the Athens Olympics in order to spend some time withPICTURE BY TIM DE WAELE Lance Armstrong has decided not to compete in next month's Athens Olympics, preferring to spend the time with his three children at home in Texas. Asked on Thursday whether he would be making his fourth trip to the Games, Armstrong said: "I've thought a lot about the issue. and in reality I have to say that I will not be going." Armstrong pointed out that he had spent three months away from his children preparing for his defence of the Tour de France title, as well as another two months away from them earlier this season. "It's very hard to do and for that reason I want to go home," he said. "I've competed at the Games several times and if I don't have 100% motivation for such an important event, then I don't see the point in going." The Games start within a couple of weeks of the end of the Tour, an "horrendous date" according to Armstrong, who would have to spend the best part of another month in Europe away from his children. "I thought that the dates for the Sydney Games were bad, but now I would kill for these Games to take place at the same time as Sydney, the end of September." Armstrong, who won the bronze medal in the time trial at Sydney, has already been selected for the US team for the Games.