“It’s going to be Ali-Frazier come early July”. This statement, made recently by Lance Armstrong, makes cycling fans around the world begin to get giddy with excitement. The rivalry between Armstrong and Alberto Contador was so palpable during last year’s Tour de France that it kept fans glued to their TV’s, watching to see who would make the next move. In the end, Lance maintained his support role for Contador and helped Contador take the Maillot Jaune.
In December, Lance released a statement saying that he would not be Team RadioShack’s main rider. He stated that it would be “irresponsible” to build the team around him when Team RadioShack has such high caliber riders as Levi Leipheimer and Andreas Klöden. Many wondered if the Armstrong-Contador battle would ever come to fruition.
Now, according to Armstrong, he “will be ready” for the challenge to take on Alberto Contador. While Armstrong may have publically stated he will not be the main rider for Team RadioShack, if his aim is to beat Contador, then what other role would he be taking on?
In addition to the desire to beat Contador in this year’s Tour de France, Armstrong has recently stated “I’m more excited than I was 12 months ago today. I feel good about it, I really believe I can (win the Tour de France).”
Cycling fans and Lance Armstrong supporters across the global must be rejoicing, seeing the will and determination to win coming alive again in Lance. Win or not, watching a battle between Armstrong and Contador could be historic for the cycling world. This battle could easily culminate into a media frenzy that will be one of the most anticipated Tour de France’s in decades.