Lance Armstrong will not take the start of the fourth stage of Paris-Nice, as the cold, snowy weather and fatigue from jetlag has caught up with him. Discovery Channel press spokesman Jogi Muller told Cyclingnews on Wednesday evening that Armstrong will return to his home base in Girona tomorrow and will re-evaluate his race program based on how he feels.
Armstrong had a lacklustre start to his European season and was lying in 62nd place after today's stage. In comparison, he last raced Paris-Nice in 1999, when he finished 61st overall. But that year marked the first of his record six Tour de France wins.
For those you who follow racing or race, you can see just by looking at Armstrong he is not fit and carrying many kilos of extra weight. Seems he is suffering from Jan syndrome this winter. My prediction, actually Jens Voigt's predition, is Lance will not start the Tour this year. He is too far away from his form to make it happen. You heard it here first.