Second Edition News for January 11, 1997

Armstrong back in training

Former cycling world champion Lance Armstrong, who has been fighting cancer for several months, resumed training on Friday with the new Cofidis team.

The American, who announced at the end of last season he had cancer of the abdomen and testicles which may force him to give up cycling, braved cold weather in the north of France to ride with teammates from his new stable.

``I feel much better,'' said the Texan, who became world champion in 1993 aged 21. ``The chemotherapy has been hard at times but my doctors say everything's doing alright. My blood tests are good.''

But Armstrong said it would be some time before he could return to competitive cycling.

``I will not enter a race before I feel I have fully recovered,'' he said.

Cofidis team boss Cyrille Guimard said he was suprised by the American's appearance with the team.

``We were not expecting it. We knew he was working hard on his physical condition but we did not think he would be here with us today. We all hope (the cancer) will soon belong to the past.''

COFIDIS 97 (New Team)

 Manager and Directeur Sportif: Cyril Guimard
 Deputy directeur sportif: Bernard Quilfen, Alain Deloeuil
 Trainer : Francis Van Lodersele
 Administrative and Communication Manager: Alain Bondue
 Physicians: Michel Provot and Francis Magniez
  Name         First Name     Age   Country     Points UCI     Ranking  
  Andreu       Franky         30    USA         152.00         213  
  Armstrong    Lance          25    USA         1'315.00       9  
  Capelle      Christophe     28    France      146.00         220  
  Desbiens     Laurent        27    France      308.00         106  
  Fondriest    Maurizio       31    Italy       601.00         50  
  Gaumont      Philippe       23    France      399.00         74  
  Goubert      Stephane       26    France      91.00          343  
  Jalabert     Nicolas        23    France      190.00         173  
  Julich       Bobby          24    USA         192.00         171  
  Livingston   Kevin          23    USA         122.00         267  
  Martin       Yvan           23    France      0.00           -
  Millar       David          19    GBR         0.00           -  
  Moncoutie    David          21    France      30.00          715  
  Moreau       Francis        31    France      270.00         126  
  Plaza        David          26    France      103.00         307  
  Rinero       Christophe     22    France      146.00         220  
  Rominger     Toni           36    Switzerland 1'342.00       8  
  Saugrain     Cyril          23    France      77.00          395  
  Thibout      Bruno          27    France      50.00          529  
  Tournant     Arnaud         18    France      0.00           - 
  Van de Laer  Jim            29    Bel         5.00           -

  Armstrong, Andrieu, Julich, Livingstone, Thibout (Ex-Motorola)
  Desbiens, Gaumont, Moreau(Ex-Gan)
  Capelle, Saugrain (Ex-Aubervilliers)
  Goubert, Martin, Plaza (Ex-Festina)
  Jalabert, Rinero (Ex-Mutuelle)
  Rominger (Mapei)
  Fondriest (Roslotto)
  Van de Laer (Ex-TVM)
  Millar (New Professional, Ex-VC St.Qentin)
  Moncoutie (New Professional, Ex-EVB Bretenoux)
  Tournant (Ex-VC Roubaix), Only Track

  Bikes - Fondriest
  Tubes - Dedaccial
  Accessories - Campagnolo
  Rims - Gipiemme
  Stem - ITM
  Spokes - Union
  Tyres - Michelin
  Saddles - San Marco
  Pedals - Time
  Bottle cage - Elite
  Clothing - Giordana
  Partner - Cars Peugeot