"It's over, let's just say that," Armstrong says of his globetrotting.
"No more long trips to Africa."
"It's time to bump it up a bit."
"But I've got no regrets. Man I had a good time last year. When you're having a baby in Colorado, I wasn't going to be anywhere else."
"We'll change it this time."
"Last year we had the strongest team in the race," he said. "Eight of those nine guys are on RadioShack."
"It's definitely real," Armstrong says of his rivalry with Contador. "The realest I've ever felt."
"And I'm on the opposite end of it now. In the past, a lot of [my rivalries] were kind of manufactured, and I had the upper hand. This one's not manufactured, and I have the low stack. Just from a power perspective, where we are in our careers. Alberto's at the top of his game and probably going to get better."
"And I'm certainly not going to get any better. I might get better than I was last year, but I won't get better than I was ten years ago. So that's a little challenging."
"I'm a realist and an optimist," Armstrong says. "Realistically this is very difficult."
"Alberto's complete, he's young, he's explosive. You can go on and on."
"But at the same time I can sit back and go, 'Shit, I'm optimistic, too.' I can address it in the training. The team can play a part. I can look at the course and go, 'OK, seven sections of cobblestones on Stage 3: That's a plus.' Who's going to make it through that? I think it will be a decisive day."