Flanders in doubt for Lance

Discovery team boss Johan Bruyneel says that Lance Armstrong's plans for the Tour of Flanders are in

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Discovery team boss Johan Bruyneel says that Lance Armstrong’s plans for the Tour of Flanders are in

PIC BY TDWSPORT.COM Discovery Channel team manager Johan Bruyneel has admitted that Lance Armstrong’s planned participation in the Tour of Flanders on April 3 could be compromised following his premature departure from Paris-Nice with a fever. Speaking to La Dernire Heure, Bruyneel said that “Lance’s programme is sure to change. We will have to wait and see when he is ready to compete again. His participation in the Tour of Flanders is compromised, but nothing is certain.” Bruyneel said that Armstrong may make his competitive return at Catalan Week (March 21-25) or at a mixture of French and Belgian one-day races – or even a combination of these two options. He also revealed that when Armstrong got back home to Girona, Spain, on Thursday he felt worse than he had done at Paris-Nice. “It wouldn’t have been intelligent to continue,” said Bruyneel. “He has to wait a day or two until he feels better and then I hope he will be able to start training again. It’s better for him to train than to compete when sick.” Bruyneel, however, is not worried by this minor setback in Armstrong’s run towards the now confirmed defence of his Tour de France title. “I don’t think this delay poses a real problem. When Lance applies himself to the job, he progresses quickly. What is good is that he is now in Europe. His style of life here is very different to his everyday life over in the States. And of all of the so-called favourites for the Tour, none of them seems to me to be in a better position. Ullrich, Heras, Basso and Mayo haven’t raced yet.”