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Old 03-30-05, 06:53 PM
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From VeloNews.com:

Media speculation about Lance Armstrong's cycling future hit a fever pitch Wednesday following an interview with the French daily Le Figaro when the six-time Tour de France champion advised journalists to turn up at a press conference April 18 ahead of the Tour de Georgia.

"If I were you, I'd go there. I have something important to say," Armstrong said. "I won't be doing the Tour forever. But it's still too early to talk about it. I will announce it to you, to the world, only later."

Armstrong, who turns 34 in September, only reluctantly announced he'd be returning to the Tour this year for a run at a seventh crown. According to his two-year contact with Discovery Channel, Armstrong is obliged to race one more Tour.

"To win a seventh Tour is now my objective. But seven would be just one more whereas six was magic," he said. "I'm not interested in leaving a deep imprint. For cycling, I will remain the stranger who came from a faraway land."

Armstrong said long absences from his children required for training and racing in Europe are taking its toll. Armstrong recently completed a training camp on the Spanish Canary Islands ahead of racing this weekend in the Tour of Flanders.

"The hardest thing for me when I'm in Europe is to stay away from my kids who are in Texas," he said. "The long and many absences, the long distances make me want to say stop it, to return home and be near them."


Edit: Sorry, the computer locked up while I was writing the original post.
Sounds like 2005 may be his last year in the pro peloton. Either that, or he's challenging LeMond to a Steel Cage Death Match. Will he try for the Hour Record before retiring? Any thoughts?
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Old 03-30-05, 07:14 PM
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I think he's done.
I'd love to see an hour record (maybe that is the announcement?)
attempt and the hell with the 7th tour.
I'd also like to see a serious run at the spring classics.
but again, I think he is done, finished end of pro career.

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Old 03-30-05, 07:22 PM
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he's got to be retiring doesn't he? What else could it be?
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Old 03-30-05, 07:28 PM
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I don't buy that he's done. Last year was a well thought out and executed Tour. No reason that he can't pull it off again this year. The only thing holding him back is that he sounds done mentally, but physically, I think he can do it.
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The article would certainly lead you to believe that Lance's heart isn't in it any more. However, I can't help but wonder if it's another mind game to make his rivals think he's not motivated any longer... only to crush them again in the first big mountain stage or time trial of the Tour. If he's on the start line (and he has a contractual obligation to ride the Tour at least one more time), I'd be hard pressed to bet against him. However, I wouldn't be surprised if the Tour is his last race as a pro.
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I mean retiring after the this year. He'll announce that he is racing the rest of this season and then retiring to spend more time with his kids.
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Sounds like he'll retire after this year. It even sounds like his heart really isn't in the TDF for this year. I'd hate to bet against him, and he may just be playing games, but I don't know how you can win the TDF if your heart isn't 100% there for the effort.

Maybe he'll catch the fire once the TDF is actually here, but that may be too late. He's always said he has won by training more than everyone else. Doesn't sound like he's done that this year.

All the Lance haters should be happy with this news.
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I think, he will announce he will race the Tour and marry Shryll Crow, how's that?, then retire and pursue his singing career and Crow will be his singing coach , I beat you to the draw
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It may be a ploy to drum up a "frenzy" of interest to announce something that would otherwise be of moderate interest. It's hard to beleive he'd back out of this years tour after the hullabaloo leading up to the announcement that he was riding it. So maybe this will be the last, or maybe he's changing his goals. Or maybe he'll just be announcing the addition of a new, second-tier sponsor.
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I think he will be there for this years Tour. He is a great sandbagger. Racing is about psycological warfare too and he has mastered it. I thing he is bound for the World Poker Tour after the Tour. He can't sing but he can bluff and sandbag. Watch out for the whipped dog he can still bite you down to the bone. I'll bet he can say "All in" and look very indecisive and dog tired.
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maybe he will reveal that he is riding the giro this year also http://eurosport.com/home/pages/v4/l...to703042.shtml
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Old 03-31-05, 09:41 AM
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Originally Posted by Actuarial Spoke
I don't buy that he's done. Last year was a well thought out and executed Tour. No reason that he can't pull it off again this year. The only thing holding him back is that he sounds done mentally, but physically, I think he can do it.
Done mentally is a bigger obstical than physical. Do not underestimate the impact that desire to spend time with kids can have on even a dedicated and driven person. Consider his backgroud, understanding growing up w/o a Father.

I for one would think very highly of Lance if he chose more time with his young ones, esp at this time in thier lives, over just another Tour.
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Originally Posted by lofter
maybe he will reveal that he is riding the giro this year also http://eurosport.com/home/pages/v4/l...to703042.shtml
Interesting.
Lance went to Italy, didn't get his butt thrown in jail.
The article also explains a few things that we have
speculated on but never knew the facts of.

Could be the Giro. . .but I still think he is done
after this year.

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Originally Posted by lotek
Could be the Giro. . .but I still think he is done
after this year.
Perhaps if he does the Giro and then has a poor TDF performance he'll use the Giro as his excuse. I personally don't think his heart is into it and he'll announce his retirement. He seems to not have any real interest in getting #7.
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Originally Posted by HigherGround
From VeloNews.com:

"The hardest thing for me when I'm in Europe is to stay away from my kids who are in Texas," he said. "The long and many absences, the long distances make me want to say stop it, to return home and be near them." [/I]
this pretty much says it all, i think. i'm betting he's retiring after this year.
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What would be cool would be for Lance to stay in racing for another couple of years but focus on the Tour of Georgia, the new Tour of California (which will start next year) and a few more races in the US. It would be a huge boost to the race scene here, he would still be close to his kids and it would satisfy his obligations to his contract with Discovery. I know it's a long shot but I can wish, can't I?


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I hope not, but the cancer could be back.
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it could come back, you're absolutely right. I'm kind of surprised no one though of that, but i would guess an announcement about retiring or an hour attempt, etc.... before cancer
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i don't think that's it. I don't think he would throw out a teaser and make the announcement in Georgia. I think it would be a suprise announcement in Texas.
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I would love to see him go up against cunego and basso at the giro
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Giro!
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Originally Posted by Feltup
I hope not, but the cancer could be back.
I don't think he would wait to announce if this were the case.
I also don't think we would have seen him ride Flanders either
if he was sick, he'd be in hospital somewhere.

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Maybe he is getting hitched again. That would be a mind game to all.
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Let's hope it's the Giro.
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Id *really* like to see him take a serious run at the classics next year, then the hour, then retire.

Although it does sound an awful lot like he might be done after this year... If that is the case, I do hope he can clinch another Tour win, if for no other reason than to go out on top.
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