This announcement from Team Discovery Channel:
After much speculation, the Discovery Channel Pro Cycling Team's Lance
Armstrong today announced his initial 2005 racing schedule, one that will
include this summer's Tour de France where he will go for a seventh straight
victory. In 2004, Armstrong made history by becoming the first cyclist to win
six Tours de France with a dominating performance, winning five individual
"I am grateful for the opportunity that Discovery Communications has given
the team and look forward to achieving my goal of a seventh Tour de France
(victory)," said Armstrong.
Also on Armstrong's racing schedule is one of America's premier races -
April's Tour de Georgia, an event Armstrong won in 2004. Armstrong will kick off
his season early next month at Paris-Nice, a seven day stage race and the first
event of the newly formed Pro Tour, the sport's top level racing series.
"I am excited to get back on the bike and start racing although my condition
is far from perfect," said Armstrong.
Following Paris-Nice, Armstrong will take part in the 89th edition of the
Tour of Flanders, one of Europe's most prestigious Spring Classics, on April 3.
Armstrong last raced in the Tour of Flanders in 2002, finishing 59th in support
of his team's leader. Armstrong will then return to the U.S. and defend his
title at the Tour de Georgia, scheduled for April 19-25.
"Johan (Bruyneel, the team's sports manager) and I will evaluate my fitness
later this spring and possibly add some races to the calendar," said Armstrong.
All of the event's Armstrong will participate in will be aired on the Outdoor
Life Network (OLN).
Lance Armstrong's initial 2005 Schedule:
Mar 6-13: Paris-Nice (France)
Apr 3: Tour of Flanders (Belgium)
Apr 19-24: Tour de Georgia (USA)
Jul 2-24: Tour de France