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Last Updated: Sunday, 12 June, 2005, 22:19 GMT 23:19 UK
Armstrong 'still has work to do'
Lance Armstrong
Lance Armstrong will ride his final Tour de France next month
Lance Armstrong has said he still has work to do if he is to win the Tour de France for a seventh time next month.

The Texan finished fourth in the Dauphine Libere race which was won by Spain's Inigo Landaluze on Sunday.

"I'll be leaving (the Dauphine) knowing I've still got work to do. But I won't be as stressed as I was last year.

"Last year I left here a bit disappointed and stressed out. But the Tour de France is a big race, and what counts is 24 July," Armstrong said.

Armstrong, 33, beat Kazakhstan's Alexandre Vinokourov in a sprint finish for the line in the final stage of the Dauphine.

But Armstrong looked short on race practice and time-trialling experience over the eight-day race.

My main motivation is that I want to end on a high note
Lance Armstrong

Twice Armstrong failed to dominate the time-trial or mountain stages in the Alps, although with a month to go before the racing on the Tour starts to get serious, he has time to fine tune.

Armstrong won the Dauphine in 2002 and 2003, while last year the American finished off the podium as Iban Mayo took the overall race honours.

However, Mayo's subsequent collapse at the Tour last year showed that the Dauphine is not always a good indicator of who will shine in July.

And Armstrong - who last year became the only man to win the Tour six times in a row - appears as focused as ever ahead of his final event before retiring.

"This year my main motivation is that I want to end on a high note," said Armstrong.

"In that way it could be more motivating than a big bonus or making history.

"And my kids will be at the Tour and at the finish. I don't want my kids to see me riding into Paris in a Discovery jersey. It has to be yellow."




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