I knew that Lance is back ,but seems just a warm up for the first tour , so I am wondering when he can find back that feel of the great cyclist , does this process often costs several months?
He has been training at a VERY high level for almost a year now with the Carmichael people. He has gone all over the world to work on different aspects of his fitness like going to Hawaii to climb a crazy hard mountain among other places. I can imagine that he is probably in top form.
It does take some time to get back into the rythm necessary for racing. The speed and competition in a race is impossible to fully simulate in training. However, Lance stayed active by running marathons and mountain biking during the 3 year break, so he is still quite fit. The challenge for him will be in having his body adjust to race pace in the pro peloton, and more importantly, how he recovers after each day of racing.