Lance Armstrong's final pre-Tour press conference

Big Tex Armstrong ready for super seventh Tour de France challenge

By Tim Maloney, European Editor in Challans, France

Lance Armstrong was visibly at ease as he faced the assembled media circus at for the traditional pre-Tour de France press conference in Challans, France. Commencing his sixth consecutive pre-Tour press conference, Armstrong said he was feeling "relaxed...I was more nervous last year...up against the demon of being the first to win a sixth tour. It was an incredible burden to get rid of. This year, I'm not chasing history, a legacy, I'm just here to enjoy the Tour and have a good time."

Earlier in the season, Armstrong had an inauspicious 2005 debut in March at Paris-Nice, but remained focused on his preparation for the Tour de France. "I had a lot of doubts as I suffered through the first few stages of Paris-Nice, but I never panicked about my Tour preparation. I knew I couldn't waste a day but I'm now at the place I need to be."

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