Seven-time Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong has revealed at an afternoon press conference at Loews Ventana Canyon Resort in Tucson, Arizona, that team RadioShack will not be based around his own individual goals. “I’m 38, going to be 39 this racing season, so it would be irresponsible to build the team around me,” Armstrong said. “We have to go in with a team approach. And at the Tour we have to look at Levi, and we have to look at Kloden, we have to look at the entire team and the tactics and the ideas that we use.” Team manager Johan Bruyneel was asked afterwards to expand on what Lance said, and his reply was “Lance is definitely the leader of the team. But we also have to be realistic. The favorite of the Tour is not on our team. To beat that favorite, we will probably have to adopt another strategy and look at the different cards we have to play. Lance has won the Tour seven times, and no one else on the team has won it. And he was third this year, which is no small thing. But yes, it will be different this year. Alberto has won the last four grand tours he’s started. He’s proven he is the best climber in the sport, and now he’s proven he’s the best (GC rider) at the time trial too. At the same time, you start every season over, and sometimes you are not on the same team and you don’t have the same support. We have to hope Alberto is not on the same level as he was this year. But the Tour is not only about being the strongest — you have to have support, from the team, from the management, of the people around you, and there is also experience, and tactics. Cycling is not an exact science.”
Via Velo News.