Lance Armstrong must get well, then it's back to business

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Lance Armstrong might have to scratch some upcoming bicycle races from his schedule. First he has to recover from his illness, then start cycling again.

Armstrong is recovering from flu-like symptoms at his home in Girona, Spain, after dropping out of the Paris-Nice bicycle race on Wednesday. When he's better, training for an unprecedented seventh Tour de France championship begins again.

Johan Bruyneel, director of the Discovery Channel Pro Cycling Team, was quoted about the possible schedule changes in an Agence France Presse report in VeloNews. He added:

“What is good is that now he is in Europe. His style of life here is very different to his everyday life over in the States.”

The six-time Tour de France champion spent a hectic final week in the US before flying to Europe to compete in Paris-Nice. First he appeared at the Academy Awards with girlfriend Sheryl Crow, and a couple of days later was honored at a cancer fund-raiser in Beverly Hills.

Bruyneel wouldn't commit when Armstrong would return to racing. It might be the Catalan Week stage race from March 21 – 25, the one-day Tour of Flanders, April 3, or later.


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