Aug 14, 2003 8:07 AM
|"According to a report in USA Today, Lance Armstrong will line up for the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, shortly after competing in the Tour de France, which he hopes to win for a sixth consecutive time" (www.cyclingnews.com).
How do they know this already? Isn't there a trials, or some kind of qualification? Armstrong continuously states that there is absolutely no way he can ever race after the TDF because he is so exhausted. Why all of a sudden does he think that he would be fine to race in the Olympics.
Aug 14, 2003 8:25 AM
|There are Olympic trials, the winner of which gets one of the six road race spots. The other 5 spots are awarded on the basis of UCI ranking and coaches discretion. I believe any American in the UCI top-ten automatically qualifies.
I've never heard Armstrong state that he couldn't race after the Tour. He has often done the post-Tour crit circuit. He's done the Zurich world cup a few times. I believe he's also raced San Sabastien after the Tour.
He has also done the Olympics post-Tour twice, in 1996 and 2000. And Olympic Gold has always been one of his most desired objectives (moreso than the Yellow Jersey, back when it was assumed he couldn't win the Tour).
|Post Tour rumors pass for news||Spoiler|
Aug 14, 2003 9:39 AM
|Every year, cyclingnews completely loses their minds and starts printing tons of BS news snippets, all ending with question marks.
Ullrich to ride tricycle?
Armstrong to challenge hour record?
Beloki to ride for USPS?
Bianchi interesting in Longo?
Shimano going to 48 speeds?
Then the following day, they print another story disclaiming the original stories.
Ullrich sets record straight.
USPS denies talks with Beloki.
Ted Williams breaks arm, post-mortem.