Landis won't defend ProTour lead

His victory in Paris-nice put Floyd Landis (Phonak) in the top spot in the UCI's ProTour rankings,...

His victory in Paris-nice put Floyd Landis (Phonak) in the top spot in the UCI's ProTour rankings, and after Tirreno-Adriatico Landis retains that lead by just one point over Tirreno winner Thomas Dekker (Rabobank).

However, Phonak's sights are on the Tour de France, and Landis won't be defending his lead, according to Phonak team manager John Lelangue. "By winning Paris-Nice, Floyd Landis now leads in the ProTour ranking. This is very good news," said Lelangue in a team newsletter. "But we know that he will relinquish that lead soon. The focus for us is the Tour de France. Consequently, Landis will not be put into action in ProTour races automatically."

Landis' next outing will be the Critérium International, followed by the Tour of Georgia and the Giro d'Italia. "He will compete in these races without any pressure," says Lelangue. "The sole concern is to prepare him well for the season climax, the Tour de France. We know now that his training is on target."

ProTour top ten riders after Tirreno-Adriatico

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