Tour de France

Exclusive video interview: Lance on Astana team leadership

The 2009 Tour de France hasn’t even started yet, but it’s already clear what the main story line will be. Come the grand tour’s crucial stages, who will be Astana’s team leader? Will it be pre-race favorite, 2007 Tour champion, and the widely regarded best stage racer in the world right now, Alberto Contador? Or will seven-time Tour winner and worldwide sports icon Lance Armstrong get the nod? VeloNews.com doesn’t have the answer just yet, but we do have an exclusive interview with Armstrong where he addresses this weighty topic.

The 2009 Tour de France hasn’t even started yet, but it’s already clear what the main story line will be. Come the grand tour’s crucial stages, who will be Astana’s team leader?

Will it be pre-race favorite, 2007 Tour champion, and the widely regarded best stage racer in the world right now, Alberto Contador? Or will seven-time Tour winner and worldwide sports icon Lance Armstrong get the nod? VeloNews.com doesn’t have the answer just yet, but we do have an exclusive interview with Armstrong where he addresses this weighty topic.

In the lead up to the Tour, VeloCenter host Jason Sumner sat down with Armstrong one-on-one at his U.S. training base in Aspen, Colorado to find out what he thinks will happen on the road to Paris.

Armstrong’s guess? “The race will sort it out.”

Click here to hear more from Armstrong on team leadership, important Tour stages, and why having multiple potential team leaders could backfire for Astana. And check back to VeloNews.com and VeloNews.tv all week to hear what the record-setting rider has to say about Bernard Kohl, the biological passport, Taylor Phinney’s potential and why all roads point to Leadville.

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