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Armstrong at the Start- 2/23/05
Article about Lance Armstrong and the Tour of Georgia
Ullrich, sick with flu, delays his return- 2/23/05
Armstrong Present in 2005- 2/16/05
Lance Armstong Tour de France Announcement
Armstrong Will Be There- 2/15/05
Gallery of 16 Vintage Eddy Merckx Photos- 2/14/05
2/23/05- Armstrong at the Start
The American Lance Armstrong, six time winner of the Tour de France, will defend his title in
the 2005 edition of the Tour of Georgia which will take place from 19-24 April.  The event will
be in six stages and cover 1046km, and the American will be joined by some of the elite of the
cycling world representing 15 teams, including some from Spain, France, Denmark, and
Switzerland.
2/23/05- Ullrich, sick with flu, delays his return- Translation from L'Equipe

Jan Ulrich (T-Mobile team) has dropped out of the Tour de Murcie, which begins next week,
because of a bout with flu.

The winner of the Tour de France in 1997 will start his racing season at the Tour de la Sarthe,
from 5 to 8 April.  “It would serve nothing for Jan to take part in an intense race like the Tour
de Murcie”, explained the team doctor of T-Mobile, Lothar Heinrich.  “He must now intensively
prepare to improve his endurance.  That’s the basis for success in the Tour de France”.

The German, 31 years of age, will re-start his training program in Tuscany.  “We’re going to
work in order for Jan to be in good condition for the first races in April”, stated Rudy
Pevenage, Ulrich’s personal manager.
Armstrong Present in 2005- 2/16/05  Translation from L'Equipe

The American cyclist Lance Armstrong, six time winner of the Tour de France, will participate in
the 2005 edition, he announced yesterday on the internet site of his new team, Discovery
Channel.

“I’m anxious to attain my goal of a seventh consecutive Tour de France”, he declared.  “I am
very enthusiastic to get back on the bike and race, even if my current condition is far from
perfect.”

Armstrong, 33 years of age, winner of five stages of the Tour in 2004, will start his 2005
season on March 6 at the Paris-Nice classic, and he will then participate in the 89th edition of
the Tour of Flanders on April 3, a race in which he finished in 59th place in 2002.  After that he’
ll return to the U.S. and race in the Tour of Georgia from 19-25 April.

The contract Armstrong had with the managers of his new team specified his participation in
the Tour de France in either 2005 or 2006.  The American champion left the door open
regarding his decision at the beginning of this season, planning to concentrate this year on
the participation of certain grand classics and a possible attempt at the world record for one
hour.
15 Feb 2005- Armstrong will definitely be there

The start of the Pro Tour on March 6th will be highlighted by the presence of Lance
Armstrong.  The six-time winner of the Tour de France confirmed on Monday that he will
definitely be at the start of Paris-Nice for the first time in seven years.  He will be the big
favorite in the race in which he already finished second in 1996, when he was far from his
current level.

While he is not yet sure to participate in the Tour de France, the Texan wishes to make a mark
this year in the spring classics.  He therefore will contest in the Paris-Nice race leading a
Discovery Channel team with its best riders (Azevedo, Beltran, Ekimov, Hincapie, Popovych,
Rubiera, Savoldelli).

Against him, Armstrong will find the last two winners of the race, the Kazak Alexander
Vinokourov, (2002, 2003) and the German Jorg Jaksche (2004).  He’ll also have to face the
Spaniard Alejandro Valverde, the German Jens Voigt, recent winner of the Tour
Mediterranean, the Italian David Rebellin, an the strongest Frenchman so far this season,
Sylvain Chavanel.  

For the American, the “Race to the Sun” has been a significant impact.  In 1998, in one of his
first competitions after his battle with cancer, he dropped out rapidly and returned to the
United States for training and racing.  He returned three months later in much better condition
and began the most glorious chapter of his career.
14 Feb, 2005- Eddy Merckx Photo Gallery

Cycling fans might like to see a gallery of 16 vintage photos of Eddy Merckx from the archives
of
L’Equipe spanning the unequaled career of the great Belgian racer.  Click on the area at
the top right entitled: Hall of Fame, Les Legendes du Sport under the black cyclisme
navigation bar and you can step through the 16 vintage photos.  The career of Merckx ran
from 1961 to 1978, and he won, among many other races, 5 Tours de France, 5 Tours of
Italy, 1 Tour of Spain, 3 World Championships, 7 Milan-San Remo classics, 5 Liege-Bastogne-
Liege classics, 3 Paris-Roubais and 2 Tour of Flanders.  If you need help with the French
picture captions, please let me know which photo you want the capion for, and I’ll send you the
translation.  
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