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Armstrong yet to decide on 2005 Tour

SILVER SPRING (U.S.A.), JAN. 11. Lance Armstrong will not decide until April whether he will try for a seventh consecutive victory in the Tour de France.

Armstrong's Discovery Channel Pro Cycling Team announced its rider line-up and 2005 schedule on Monday, but noticeably absent was a firm itinerary for the team's leader.

Armstrong said he will ride at least one more Tour de France — a commitment he made when his team changed sponsors from the US Postal Service — but he will first ride in some of the spring European classic races before making up his mind when to oblige.

``I think roughly the deal is that I will do a tour, if not more,'' Armstrong said. ``That could be in 2005 or 2006, but I'm fully committed to doing it.''

If he doesn't ride the July 2 to 24 Tour, Armstrong said he will likely compete in the May 7 to 29 Giro d'Italia or the August 27 to September 18 Vuelta a Espana. — AP

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