Bicycling also reports that Armstrong almost signed with Festina a few weeks ago, but that deal fell through and that he was also talking with the Saeco team. Bicycling says that Saeco will use Cannondale bikes next season and that Cannondale was going to help pay his salary.
Bicycling says that Armstrong is attracted by the chance to work with Guimard who was Lemond's first pro coach [I also think Guimard's experience working with a hotshot American rider such as Lemond will be very useful in dealing with Armstrong].
Bicyling quotes Armstrong on Guimard: "'He's a great tactician." [Well, weBicyling quotes Armstrong on Guimard: "'He's a great tactician." [Well, we all know Lance could use a little help in that area.]
[Bill notes: I have never seen a more stupid rider than Lance Armstrong. In last Sunday's GP Suisse, he rode a tactically ridiculous race - some one said - like a headstrong amateur!]
Armstrong said Kevin Livingston, currently of Motorola, will also join Cofidis but he didn't know about other American Motorola riders.
As far as a contract for the current Motorola team, Bicycling quotes Paul Sherwen as saying that all the possibilities they had fell through but they are hoping for a last minute deal.
Rolf Jaermann will also leave MG-Technogym, following his mate Pascal Richard to a Francaise des Jeux.