Lance Armstrong to Retire
The 2005 Tour will be his last in the saddle.
on a special force, and I think the force of a team like that is incredibly powerful. So to have them to fall back on, and to know that not only do they inspire me, but that I can hopefully inspire them. I hope to give them one more Tour de France."
Then, Armstrong entertained questions from the press. He stated that the Tour of Georgia will be his last race in the United States . His health is good, although his racing has been indifferent, and that he will ride the Tour de France to win. His contract with Discovery Channel is for more than two years, and riding this year's Tour will fulfill a contractual obligation. And yes, he intends to ride amateur events occasionally "to get my competitive fix."
Armstrong also told our reporter that "After I made the decision to ride the Tour, I started to think about it. I had period of one month without my kids in Texas, and that was much harder than before. Last year there was a two month period and then a three month one, but this year was something that I've never experienced. They're at an age where they change daily, hourly, and to be away from them for one month is gruelling...It's time for me to not miss key moments in their lives."
Following his retirement, Armstrong will continue to work with both the Discovery Channel and also the team. Stay tuned to Roadcycling.com to follow Armstrong in his quest for a 7 th Tour de France victory this July.