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By Steve Frothingham
Matt Shriver, one of the Trek-sponsored riders expected to ride in support of Lance Armstrong at Saturday’s Leadville Trail 100, says he has his own goals, too.
Armstrong told VeloNews Thursday that while he did not recruit a team of domestiques or pacers for the race, his sponsor Trek was “sending some fast guys” who could drive the pace in the first half of the race, making it more likely that Armstrong could break the course record.
Shriver, the cycling coach at Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colorado, is best known as a cyclocross racer. He was a member of the U.S. team sent to the cyclocross world championships this year.
More recently he’s been tearing up regional mountain bike races. He’s a friend of Trek’s Travis Brown, who also lives in Durango, and that relationship hooked him up with the team of “fast guys” at Leadville.
“I’m one of the fast guys, hopefully,” Shriver said Friday. “I expect to be in the lead group, and if I am, I will want to try to up the pace with the others. But I’m definitely looking for a result for myself, too.”
Shriver said he’d be shooting for a top ten finish at Leadville. He said a fast pace in the first half would be “good for everyone, for Lance, for Dave (Wiens) and Tinker (Juarez).”
Shriver said he expects the race for the win will come down to last year’s 1-2: Wiens and Armstrong.
“It’s going to be cool, a different kind of race. Lance is in super condition, but you can’t count Dave out. He’s won six in a row, you have to respect that.”