Lance Armstrong Talks about Valley Races

Sacramento, CA, USA The 750 mile race includes one stage from Merced through Mariposa to Clovis and another from Visalia to Paso Robles.

Armstrong kicked off the AMGEN tour by joining other top riders for a news conference in Sacramento Thursday. He answered some tough questions about reported doping, but seemed much happier to talk about returning to the central valley.

"I've race in Northern and Southern California, but I've also raced in Fresno and Visalia back when I first got into cycling, and I have fond memories. I don't know that I won in Visalia, but I was either first or second in Visalia in 1990, so you always want to go back and try to repeat things like that," said Lance Armstrong.

Armstrong said the riders are concerned about the cold, wet weather they could encounter in Mariposa County. 136 cyclists will take part in the nine day race.

Cyclist Floyd Landis was also supposed to take part in Thursday's news conference, but he crashed while riding and needed medical attention.

We're told he'll still be ready for the start of the race on Saturday.


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