O’Grady: Lance Doesn’t Have A Chance

Shanghai Daily - - SPORT -

Seven-times Tour de France win­ner Lance Arm­strong is not con­sid­ered one of the fa­vorites for Aus­tralia’s Tour Down Un­der, fel­low com­peti­tor Stu­art O’Grady said yes­ter­day.

Arm­stong, who re­tired af­ter win­ning the Tour de France in 2005, is mak­ing a come­back with the Astana team at the Aus­tralian race from Jan­uary 20-25.

He will also com­pete in the Giro d’Italia and the French race later in the year to pro­mote cancer aware­ness.

Arm­strong, a na­tive of Texas, is a cancer sur­vivor.

O’Grady, who won the Aus­tralian race in 1999 and 2001, con­firmed he would ride for Dan­ish team Saxo Bank in South Aus­tralia and said while he did not think Arm­strong would be a fa­vorite, he would at­tract a lot of in­ter­est.

“He’s def­i­nitely some­one special and when you’re rid­ing around with some­one like that it’s hard not to get taken in,” he said in Ade­laide.

“But I won’t be con­cen­trat­ing on him. He’s not go­ing to be the big hot fa­vorite for the race.

“There’s go­ing to be a lot of other guys out there who are pos­si­ble win­ners be­fore Lance.

“He’s not go­ing to be near the peak form he would be for the Tour de France.”

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