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Merckx: "Landis can win the Tour"

"Floyd can win the Tour," Axel Merckx told Belgian newspaper HLN. "He's surprising everyone. Never thought that he already would be this good this early," Merckx said. According to his Phonak teammate, Floyd Landis is a very classy rider, a real leader; but he also knows how to build a good atmosphere in the team.

"It's hard to have a serious conversation with him. He constantly has you laughing," Merckx commented. Defending the yellow jersey on Landis' shoulders is the first job for the Phonak team in Paris-Nice, but is it possible that they are also looking at going for the overall win in that three week-tour in July?

"Floyd is really blooming now he's reached thirty. He's got all the qualities [to win the Tour}: he's a strong time-triallist, a decent climber and he's not afraid. You can build your house on him. But let him start with Paris-Nice," Merckx concluded.

Courtesy of Sabine Sunderland

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