Special Edition Cycling News for January 24, 2004
Edited by Paul Mirtschin
USPS team launch: "How can I possibly be the favourite?" asks
By Kristy Scrymgeour in Solvang
"How can I possibly be the favourite?”
Photo ©: CN
As usual a big crowd of journalists awaited the words of Lance Armstrong
today at the press conference held by the United States Postal Service
Pro Cycling Team presented by Berry Floor. A very relaxed Armstrong expressed
how happy he is with the team this year and how they have been "blessed"
once again with perfect weather for their team training camp in Solvang,
The question on most people's lips was whether Armstrong was definitely
going to be participating in the Tour de Georgia this year as was recently
released by the race organization. Armstrong did not confirm one way or
another whether he would in fact start in the race, but that it was indeed
"We're still working on the domestic program," he said. "There
will definitely be one US race on my program, either Tour de Georgia or
the Tour of the Gila, but we're not quite sure yet." As for spending
more time training in the US this year, Armstrong was certain of that.
"I'll spend about six weeks here, although I don't know exactly where
I will train. It's tough to find the right place in April. It's still
too cold in Colorado and we'll be looking for a place that has long hard
climbs and no traffic. California is as good a place as any. So it could
Armstrong also expressed his confidence in the Tour team for 2004. "Obviously
the loss of Roberto Heras was hard," he said, "but now we have Jose
Azevedo and we are confident that he can do the same job as Roberto did."
Photo ©: CN
Later Cyclingnews caught up with Azevedo who seems very happy
to be starting a new part of his career with USPS and expressed his thoughts
on the kind words of Armstrong. "With those words come a lot of responsibility
but at the same time it's a great acknowledgment of my value on the team,"
he said. "My objective is to work for Lance. I don't have any personal
Wrapping up the press conference Armstrong sarcastically joked that he
was definitely not the favourite for the Tour de France this year, as
he has been eating too many donuts and attending too many late night movies
(the latter of which has been reported in the media of late). "How
can I possibly be the favourite?" he said.
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