Armstrong will be ready for Tour

In last year's Dauphiné Libéré, Iban Mayo stormed to victory in the time trial up Mont Ventoux and went on to win the overall. That performance had some tipping Mayo as a serious threat for the Tour de France. After all, Lance Armstrong dominated the 2002 Dauphiné and went on to demolish all opposition in that year's Tour.

But Armstrong himself says it's not quite that simple. "You often see riders do well in the Dauphiné Libéré and a month later they are not so strong," he said after the Ventoux stage. "I have learned not to be impatient. It was difficult today but the real test is a month away and I stay on schedule. I'm trying to gain some condition here, some race rhythm and to focus on the big objective. Everybody is calm and collected and we are ready."

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