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Newz Forum: OTHER: CYCLING: Armstrong worries about crash-marred jostling after Stage 7

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posted on Jul, 10 2004 @ 11:15 PM
SAINT-BRIEUC, France -- Lance Armstrong believes Tour de France organizers could do more to calm nervous riders and avoid spills that could ruin his bid for a record sixth consecutive victory.

For a second consecutive day, Armstrong offered unsolicited pointers for Tour officials, suggesting a time trial be held in the often tense first week to thin the number of race favorites.

Sending riders out one-by-one against the clock would leave just the fastest with a realistic chance of winning the three-week Tour. Laggards would fall by the wayside, reducing the field of contenders. That, in turn, could leave fewer racers jostling each day at the front of the race -- a recipe for crashes.

"The race needs a time trial in the first week because it's too nervous without it," said Armstrong, in sixth place, less than 10 minutes behind the overall leader. "It's safer for the event to establish some order in the group and we're still another week away from figuring out who the hell's going to be in the front."



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