Florencio is ready for the Tour

By Antonio J. Salmerón

Xavier Florencio is already thinking about the Tour of France, his main goal for the current season. The Bouygues Telecom rider started the second part of the year with renewed forces and in promising form, after recovering from a bad start to 2007 marked by health problems.

Florencio, who won the 2006 Clásica de San Sebastián, has targeted the Spanish road championships for some time; they will take place this Sunday in Cuenca. "The objective is to do as well as possible. The bad thing is that I cannot count on my teammates [he is the only Spaniard on the team - ed.], so I know that it will be a very difficult task. I had a strong performance in Switzerland, but it is better to wait for what will happen," Florencio expressed to the Spanish newspaper Diario de Tarragona.

The Spaniard will take part in the 2007 Tour de France, which starts July 7. He has been training with his Bouygues Telecom teammates in France. The 27 year-old rider dreams "to be among the best ones and hope to win a stage." In his second season with Bouygues Telecom, the Tour will pose a great, difficult challenge but he is ready to enjoy the experience.

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