Posted by: 4pack | October 15, 2008

Ideal Fitness: Can Lance Armstrong Return To World Class Competition?

THE TOUR DE FRANCE JUST HASN’T BEEN THE SAME SINCE LANCE ARMSTRONG, 37, RETIRED AFTER 7 STRAIGHT VICTORIES…BUT HIS CURRENT COMEBACK IS A TOTAL INSPIRATION…ONE THAT OGGIES SHOULD USE FOR MOTIVATION…WE WILL BE FOLLOWING LANCE THROUGH HIS TRAINING….READ BELOW:

 

“Though everyone’s question centers on age – Armstrong turned 37 just more than a week ago – Carmichael’s biggest point of trepidation is Armstrong’s three-year layoff from competitive cycling.

“You don’t know how he’s going to adapt to training,” he said. “He’s been out of elite competition for three years, almost four years come the Tour de France, you know? He’s stayed fit. He’s stayed active, but it’s not the same.”

http://sports.espn.go.com/oly/cycling/news/story?id=3644150

The American, who agreed Monday to ride in next year’s Giro d’Italia, said in an interview published Tuesday that he may not go for an eighth Tour de France title after all. 

“There are still doubts for the Tour. Everyone knows its importance, but the problems that I have with the organizers, journalists and fans could distract me from my mission — focusing the world’s attention on the battle against cancer,” Armstrong said in Gazzetta dello Sport. 

The 37-year-old Armstrong announced last month that he is returning to cycling after three years in retirement, and he wants to draw more attention to his global campaign to fight cancer, a disease he survived before winning seven straight Tours from 1999-2005. 

Armstrong has feuded for years with Tour de France officials over drug-testing issues, but Tour de France director Christian Prudhomme has said he and the Astana team will be allowed to race next year as long as they avoid doping problems. Astana was banned from this year’s Tour. 

“I hope there’s a diplomatic and peaceful solution,” Armstrong said. “Before announcing my return, I contacted the organizers but I still haven’t had a response.” 

The 100th anniversary edition of the Giro is scheduled for May 9-31. The Tour de France starts July 4.

 “Anything is possible, but I would find it incredible,” Armstrong said of the possibility that the Tour would not invite him. “I want to be in Paris, but in a serene situation.”

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