Although Discovery Channel team manager Johan Bruyneel told Het Nieuwsblad that Lance Armstrong will be ready for the Ronde van Vlaanderen (Tour of Flanders), as reported in yesterday's news, newswire service AFP reports Bruyneel also told Belgian newspaper La Derniere Heure that the six-time Tour winner's preparation for the Ronde has been "compromised" as a result of falling ill during Paris-Nice, and his programme is "sure to change".
"Lance's programme is sure to change. We will have to just wait and see when he is ready to compete again. His participation in the Tour of Flanders is compromised, but nothing is certain," Bruyneel was quoted as saying.
While disappointed with the setback, Discovery's master tactician is happy to see Armstrong back living in Europe, where his media commitments are fewer and distractions are less: "What is good is that he is now in Europe. His style of life here is very different to his everyday life over in the States," he said.
"He [Armstrong] has to wait a day or two until he feels better and then I hope he will be able to start training again. It's better for him to train than to compete when sick. I don't think it's a problem. When Lance applies himself to the job, he progresses quickly."