giving up the fight against doping charges, Lance Armstrong was back on a bike, competing for himself now.
With very little fanfare, he quietly finished second in a mountain bike race Saturday in Aspen, Colo., and passed up an off-road marathon Sunday.
“I'm focused on the future,” he said Saturday (via the Los Angeles Times). “I've got five great kids, a great lady in my life, a wonderful foundation that's completely unaffected by any noise out there, and we're going to continue to do our job. The people — like the people who are standing around here or on the course — they voiced their opinion in the last 48 hours and are going to support us.”
Armstrong, 40, was wearing a black-and-gold outfit with the Livestrong logo during his 36-mile bike race.
“It's not so much about racing any more for me,” Armstrong said. “For me, it's more about staying fit and coming out here and enjoying one of the most beautiful parts of the world, on a beautiful day, on a very hard course. Some may say you're a little sick to spend your free time doing stuff like this. I had a good time.”
Fans don’t seem to have deserted Armstrong, who became a global figure for beating cancer as well as dominating the Tour de France. The day after Armstrong’s announcement that he was giving up his fight against the United States Anti-Doping Agency, there were 400 donations totaling about $75,000 to Livestrong, his cancer foundation. A Washington Post user poll revealed that 57 percent of voters do not believe Armstrong was a doper.
“I think people understand that we've got a lot of stuff to do going forward,” Armstrong said. “That's what I'm focused on and I think people are supportive of that.”
Text: Armstrong’s statement
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