Armstrong likes Giro route, calls Basso favorite
By Agence France Presse
Lance Armstrong may have seven Tour de France victories under his belt, but he’s not predicting victory for himself when he tackles the Giro d’Italia for the first time in May.
Organizers unveiled the route for the centenary edition on Saturday, and Armstrong said that while he taps Ivan Basso as the favorite for overall victory, he’s nonetheless looking forward to competing.
“I’m very excited to come next May to your country and compete in the first Giro for me,” he told Gazzetta dello Sport‘s website. “This is a special year for many reasons — obviously, the 100th anniversary.”
Armstrong expects an exciting race from the gun as it will head into the Alps in week one. And the 61.7km individual time trial from Sestri Levante to Riomaggiore on May 21 could prove a make-or-break day, he said.
“The second week I think is highlighted by the long time trial,” he said. I’ve never done a time trial of 62km. This will be a critical day in the Giro,” he said.
Other tough stages lie ahead in the final week, including stage 19, a 164km leg from Vesuvio that Armstrong said “will be a test for all of us.”