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Pre-Tour Interview With Lance Armstrong

– Reported by Tailwind Sports –
– Photo Credit: Robert van Willigenburg –

As he continues his preparation for the 2002 Tour de France, the United States Postal Service Pro Cycling Team’s Lance Armstrong took the time to respond to a few questions.

Q: How much do you think about your racing goals beyond this season?

A: Quite a bit. I realize I don’t have long to go until my career is finished so it’s logical to see the end coming. I cannot say for sure when that day is and it’s made more difficult by the fact that I absolutely love what I’m doing now. I can only race as long as the passion is there, and even more importantly, as long as my family’s passion is there.

Q: When you think about Indurain and Merckx, and their careers, do you compare yourself?

A: Well, we’re all three cyclists! I really consider those guys to be legends and icons of all sport, not just cycling so it’s hard to compare myself to them.

Q: What qualities in Merckx, especially, do you see/would you like to see in yourself?

A: I wish I could win more often like he did. He won in the spring, summer, and fall. He was a dominator. Cycling is very different now so winning year-round is close to impossible. He is, and always will be the greatest, for this reason.

Q: Do you think there’s anything you can do to satisfy the small, but vocal, minority of fans and media folks who – for whatever reason – seem to want you to fail?

A: No.

Q: There will probably always be people who question you, who make unfounded accusations, etc. Are you used to it at this point? Do you think it will ever stop? Does it ever get to you emotionally?

A: Definitely used to it. No, it will never stop. The double standard that exists in world sport and world sports coverage is amazing. Cycling suffers because it has done more than any other sport to control its athletes. How much testing do the other big sports do?

Q: How stressful is it for you, your family, and your teammates to feel that kind pressure?

A: It’s not stressful. We know the type of program we run so therefore we’re pretty laid back about it. The only stress we experience is physical stress from training our asses off.

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