February 16, 2005
Paris(AP) - Lance Armstrong will try to ride his way to a record seventh consecutive Tour de Franc and to train for that ride he will defend his title in the Tour de Georgia in April.
The Tour's only six-time winner finally put an end to questions about his plans for 2005, announcing on his Discovery Channel team's Web site that he'll try to extend his record streak of consecutive victories in cycling's most prestigious event.
Armstrong said "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."
The Texan had left open the possibility that he wouldn't compete in this year's Tour.
As recently as last month, Armstrong said: "I'll definitely be in France this summer. It just might not be on the bike."
The team Web site said Armstrong will start his 2005 season with the Paris-Nice stage race in March.
He will then compete in the Tour of Flanders on April third, before returning to the United States to defend his title at the Tour de Georgia on April 19th.