Discovery Channel Team Report
After much speculation, Team Discovery Channel captain and six-time Tour winner Lance Armstrong today announced his initial 2005 racing schedule, one that will include this summer's Tour de France where he will go for a seventh straight victory. In 2004, Armstrong made history by becoming the first cyclist to win six editions of the Tour de France with a dominating performance, and even winning five individual stages.
"I am grateful for the opportunity that Discovery Communications has given the team and look forward to achieving my goal of a seventh Tour de France [victory]," Armstrong told our reporters.
Also on Armstrong's racing schedule is one of America's premier races - April's Tour de Georgia, an event Armstrong won in 2004. Armstrong will kick off his season early next month at Paris-Nice, an important seven day stage race and the first event of the newly formed ProTour.
"I am excited to get back on the bike and start racing although my condition is far from perfect," Armstrong added.
Following Paris-Nice, Armstrong will take part in the 89th edition of the Tour of Flanders, one of Europe's most prestigious spring Classics. Armstrong last raced in the Tour of Flanders in 2002, finishing 59th in support of his team's leader. Armstrong will then return to the United States and defend his title at the Tour de Georgia, scheduled for April 19-25.
Armstrong also told our reporters that "Johan [Bruyneel, the team's sports manager] and I will evaluate my fitness later this spring and possibly add some races to the calendar."
Naturally all of the events Armstrong will participate in will be covered by Roadcycling.com.