Six-time defending Tour de France cycling champion Lance Armstrong of the United States has hinted he could skip the race next year.

Armstrong, who made history this year by clinching a record-breaking sixth consecutive Tour win, told the French sports daily L'Equipe that he honestly does not know if he will be at the start of the Tour.

The American cancer-survivor says he realized a dream winning his sixth Tour, but that it is "time to move on to other things." Armstrong says he has a lot of other things he hopes to accomplish in cycling before retiring, and that 2005 could be a good year to give it a try.

The 32-year-old Texan says he now prefers "to be flexible and have the freedom to decide" when he chooses a race.

Some information provided by AP.