Lance Armstrong has confirmed the rumours about his racing schedule for 2005. In an interview to French newspaper Le Dauphiné Libéré, the main sponsor of the Alpine stage race, he said he wanted to participate in the event again in 2005, instead of racing the Tour de Suisse. Armstrong has won the Criterium du Dauphiné Libéré twice already in 2002 and 2003, and finished fourth last year. The race will be held from June 5-12 in the Dauphiné region, but the official course has not been revealed yet.
The American, who will target his seventh Tour de France victory this year, also announced that he will be at the start of the team time trial ProTour race in Eindhoven, Netherlands, on June 19. His team Discovery Channel will be able to test its time trialling skills one last time before the big goal of this season, the 92nd Tour de France.