Lance Armstrong has yet to decide whether he will try for an eighth Tour de France title next summer.
"I want to say I'm not trying to be coy," Armstrong said Tuesday during wind tunnel testing at the San Diego Air & Space Technology Center.
"I'm not playing games with them [Tour officials] or with fans or with media. I simply don't know. I'm not in a hurry. It's November.
"I know there is tension. There is tension with French cycling fans, with French media and, certainly, tension with the organizers, and right now I don't want to deal with tension and I don't know if I want to deal with tension in July."
Jean-Etienne Amaury, the new president of the Tour's organizer, said last month that Armstrong had "embarrassed" the event.
Armstrong suggested his safety might be at risk if he enters the Tour again.
The Austin, Texas, resident recalled watching his hometown college football team, the Texas Longhorns, lose at Texas Tech last weekend.
"They [Texas Tech fans] hated, hated Texas," Armstrong said. "They hated them.
"I'm at home watching it and the trick there is that you're in a stadium and you're sort of protected. Cycling's not that way, so if they hate you and you're on the roads and they want you, they can get you."
His last Tours "weren't good," Armstrong said.