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Armstrong speaks to Livestrong charity races

10-22-2012 13:55 BJT

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Later today the International Cycling Union will hand down its verdict on whether to support the US Anti Doping Authority's banning of Lance Armstrong and whether to support or challenge the stripping of the American rider's seven Tour de France titles.

Armstrong has remained silent in the midst of growing allegations as to the level of his apparent cheating of the system during a long career but over the weekend he greeted almost four and a half thousand cyclists at his Livestrong charity’s fund-raising bike ride. He did not address the allegations but instead used the moment to rally support. Earlier in the week he stepped down as chairman of his charity and a number of his sponsors cancelled their contracts with him.

Lance Armstrong, Former Chairman of Livestrong Foundation, said, "When we started this organisation and Kirk was on our original board many many years ago if you would have told me that 15 years later that little organisation, that little idea would have raised half a billion dollars, would have touched two and a half million lives around world, I would have told you you’re crazy.

But those are all true. Those have all happened and it wouldn’t have happened without the great support of this great city, people like you guys and gals on bikes, people all over the world. We had a lot of lucky breaks along the way but it’s been a special ride. Obviously it’s been an interesting, and, as I said the other night, at times very difficult few weeks. People ask me a lot: ’how you doing?’ I tell them ’I’ve been better but I’ve also been worse.’ And so with that I leave you to have a good ride today. Please be safe.Thank you for your support. 4300 riders, the largest ride in Austin history so thank you all so much. Let's live strong. Be safe."

Editor:Wang Xiaomei |Source: CCTV.com

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