Armstrong: McEwen brightens prospects
Lance Armstrong knows age has finally caught up with him ahead of his final international race but the 39-year-old is confident the future is bright for his Team RadioShack.
The American, who ends an illustrious international career at the Tour Down Under starting on Sunday, said his team had taken on a new edge with the presence of Australian sprinter Robbie McEwen.
"I feel alright, I can't deny my age - that is something that three years ago I perhaps thought I could deny, but I can't," the seven-times Tour de France champion said.
"The addition of Robbie on the team is the biggest change for us, not just for this race but for our team in general. We have never had ... a top sprinter so it will be whole new experience for us.
"Hopefully we can do him justice and support him," said Armstrong.
"I have never been one to sit around and reminisce much.
It would be a mistake for me to think back on the stuff that I did on the bike when I have things in front of me that are much bigger than that."
Armstrong said he had helped revolutionise the sport and was happy with his contribution.
"I won the Tour de France seven times and I think I won it because we changed the way people in cycling do business. And I'm not going to dance around the fact there has been plenty of questions about that," he added.
"But the reality is we came with a whole new approach to the sport. We revolutionised the way people train, the way they build morale in the team, the way they preview the courses, the way they race, the way they sell the sport, the way they tell that story around the world.
"I leave knowing that I did my best and I don't need somebody to give me a plaque or give me a statue, it has been very good to me on a lot of levels, it has been a good ride."