Lance Armstrong Unfazed by Floyd Landis Claims

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07/2/2010| 0 comments
by Reuters, with additional commentary by Roadcycling.com
Lance Armstrong and youngster Jani Brajkovic at the 2010 Tour de France team presentation in Rotterdam. Photo copyright Fotoreporter Sirotti.
Lance Armstrong and youngster Jani Brajkovic at the 2010 Tour de France team presentation in Rotterdam. Photo copyright Fotoreporter Sirotti.

Lance Armstrong Unfazed by Floyd Landis Claims

Lance Armstrong says recent allegations that he doped during his career from former teammate Floyd Landis won't distract him from his goal to win a record eighth Tour de France. "It will be the opposite. It's going to inspire me," he said. Good old Lance is back!

tired of being constantly away from his family.

"It's just a family decision," Armstrong said. "Like I told the people that asked about it - at RadioShack, friends - that came from pressure from my kids. I'm away all the time. Not all the time, but enough time. Even at these moments, I don't need to miss them anymore."

Armstrong has already four kids, and his girlfriend Anna Hansen is expecting his fifth child.

Armstrong's season has been hampered by bouts of illness and a crash at the Tour of California but he believes in his chances to derail overwhelming favorite Alberto Contador's ambition to win the showcase race for a third time.

"I'm at the top of the form that I can have now," Armstrong said. "At my age and with the setbacks we had in the spring."

Armstrong hurt his elbow and got cut under his left eye in the May 20 crash in California. The former world champion, who broke his collarbone last year in his first comeback season, was forced to withdraw from Milan-San Remo in March, citing gastroenteritis, and pulled out from the Circuit de la Sarthe with a stomach illness.

"Athletically, professionally, I feel good," Armstrong said. "Better than last year. More motivated than last year. So from a sportsman's perspective, I would like to go out as a winner. That's not easy to do with the good field we have here."

When riding together within the Astana team last year, Armstrong and Contador had a tense relationship that quickly turned into an open war of words. But Armstrong said his team's goal this year was not to "destroy anybody's race."

Still, he appeared to try and get inside Contador's head.

"I still think that there is potentially team issues inside Astana," Armstrong said. "It's no secret. How does that affect the composition of the team, the tactics of the team? Those are the x-factors that normally shouldn't but sometimes do."

Contador will have a very strong Astana team this year that includes Alexandre Vinokourov, who is coming back to the Tour after serving a two-year ban for blood doping. Among Armstrong's other rivals are Frank and Andy Schleck, Cadel Evans and Ivan Basso.

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