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Armstrong halfway to making history

Updated: July 16, 2004, 7:47 AM ET
By Andrew Hood | Special to ESPN.com

After racing 11 stages, 46 hours and 2,010 kilometers so far in the 2004 Tour de France, the battle finally begins for Lance Armstrong in his quest for a record sixth title, and the 32-year-old cancer survivor enters Friday's first foray into the mountains sounding like a confident man.

"We're excited. After the first week we've had, we're ready to race," said Armstrong, after finishing ninth in Thursday's 101-mile stage. "I feel good. I'm a little bit cooked after today, but we're ready ...

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