Armstrong simplifies game plan for final days

Overall leader Lance Armstrong set off Wednesday on the Tour's longest stage so far, a 148.8-mile trek from Pau to Revel. He's playing it safe for the Tour's final stages.

Updated: July 22, 2005, 10:06 AM ET
Associated Press

PAU, France -- Lance Armstrong simplified his game plan after scaling the last tough mountain of his Tour de France career.

"The big, big days and the big difficulties are done," Armstrong said after 16th stage Tuesday. "Now we have to stay safe, stay conservative and look to the final time trial and try and close it out."

Completing the last of three days in the Pyrenees left just a mostly flat stage, two medium mountain stages and the time trial for Armstrong to negotiate before what ...

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