Lance Armstrong Does Cobblestones Ahead of Tour de France
Armstrong tackles Belgian classic Tour of Flanders to prep for Tour's third stage in Wanze.
"It is as team mechanism that you have to practice. It is not automatic. Tasks have to be assigned. If it doesn't happen and something happens like a flat tire, a crash, how do you fix that?" Vanwalleghem asked.
About half of his eight-man team on Sunday should also start in the Tour de France.
He also had a warning.
"You cannot say the Tour of Flanders has no dangers. It is a race for warriors," he told The Associated Press. "It means you have to stake your claim in the pack, with teammembers that protect you. Sometimes you really have to put your elbows to work. Every year there are crashes in such races."
On Thursday, though, the practice run was an easy ride under the sun. In the end, Armstrong even got a cobblestone from the Wall of Geraardsbergen he had just scaled. "Cool," he tweeted.
That is the kind of weather he can expect on Sunday, with winds sweeping in and temperatures not breaking 10C (50F). Hardly what Armstrong will find in the Tour.