Lance Armstrong is being linked with almost every event before the TDF, but what is certain is the sPIC BY TDWSPORT.COM There are so many blank spaces in Lance Armstrong's confirmed race programme for this season that the six-time Tour winner is being linked with appearances at almost every top-level event before the Tour in July. According to a variety of sources, Armstrong is now expected to ride either the GP E3 on March 26 or Flche Brabanonne the following day as part of his preparation for the Tour of Flanders on April 3. That preparation is reportedly set to continue with some detailed reconnaissance of the Flanders route during the Three Days of De Panne. The Tuttobici website is also reporting that Armstrong will not ride the Tour of Switzerland in mid-June, probably because of a clash with the ProTour team time trial, which takes place on June 19, the day that the Swiss race finishes. Instead, Armstrong is being linked with an appearance at the Tour of Asturias, which would provide a hugely significant boost to an event whose field is likely to be depleted by the absence of some ProTour teams. What is beyond doubt is that the Texan's 2005 programme will - subject to late injury or illness - start at next week's Paris-Nice. Among those riding with Armstrong in Discovery Channel colours will be 2002 Giro winner Paolo Savoldelli, who has recovered from the broken collar-bone he suffered during a pre-season training ride. An extremely strong Discovery team also includes Yaroslav Popovych, last weekend's Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne winner George Hincapie, Jos Azevedo, Manuel Beltran, Viatcheslav Ekimov, and Jos Luis Rubiera.