Three-time Ironman World Champion Craig Alexander sees Lance Armstrong as a serious threat ahead of this year’s Ironman World Championship in Hawaii.
Alexander, who claimed his third title with an emphatic victory in 2011, believes Armstrong will lead off the bike and could have the legs to cause him problems.
“He’s one of the greatest endurance athletes ever, isn’t he, last time I checked?”, he said.
“Lance showed he’s not mucking around.
“He’s one of the guys you’re going to have to go through to win the race.”
Alexander noted that apart from Armstrong’s ferocious will and meticulous preparation, the cycling great also owns a house in Kona, where the race starts and finishes.
“Good luck to him and you know what? If you’re going to beat him, you’re going to have to lift your game,” Alexander said.
“He’ll be first off the bike, no question, and he’ll do it in a way that doesn’t hurt him too much, either.”
Armstrong made his return to road triathlon at Ironman 70.3 Panama, finishing a close second to Bevan Docherty. Although he is yet to qualify for Kona, the seven-time Tour de France winner has stated that that is his objective this season.