Lance Armstrong and George Hincapie to Reunite on Team RadioShack
In an interview with Outside Magazine Lance Armstrong confirms that he is to reunite with personal friend and former teammate George Hincapie on Team RadioShack in 2010. George Hincapie is currently riding for successful Team Columbia-HTC and was a strong power behind the throne when he helped Lance Armstrong secure his so-far seven Tour de France victories while riding for Team US Postal Service and Team Discovery Channel.
"He’s already committed. Has been since before we got our funding," Lance Armstrong told Outside Magazine.
Armstrong intends to build his new Team RadioShack (or The Shack as it is to be known) around a solid base of riders well-known to him and cycling fans worldwide - riders such as personal friend Levi Leipheimer, George Hincapie, Chris Horner and Andreas Klöden. Armstrong's impressive network and peloton power is sure to open doors to additional powerful riders. Roadcycling.com expects his new team to be even stronger than Team Astana.
Commenting on his chances of winning the 2010 Tour de France Lance Armstrong told Outside Magazine that "I think we can have a better team [than Contador, ed). But it’s not rocket science. You have to avoid mistakes and accidents. To win, I’ve got to climb at a certain consistent speed, my tempo has to be fast, and I’ve got to get my time trial back. I can’t accelerate like I did before. And what you saw from Contador this year—I’ll never beat that. I wouldn’t have beat that before. But, who knows, that might have been the form of a lifetime ... What’s important is that we show up and try hard. People understand that I’m an old guy. Nobody expects 2001 again."
Lance Armstrong will take part in the 2009 Leadville 100 mountain bike race tomorrow. A race the incredibly multi-talented seven-time Tour de France champion really hopes to win this year.
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