Lance Armstrong says, 'Nobody needs to cry for me' | Cycling
In his first interview since the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency disciplined him with a lifetime ban from pro cycling and vacated his seven Tour de France titles, Lance Armstrong said, "Nobody needs to cry for me."
'Nobody needs to cry
for me,' Armstrong says
Lance Armstrong seemingly was feeling fine, even after being beaten by a teenager in a 36-mile mountain-bike race Saturday.
In his first interview since the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency disciplined Armstrong with a lifetime ban from pro cycling and vacated his seven Tour de France titles, he said, "Nobody needs to cry for me. I'm going to be great."
Armstrong, 40, couldn't catch Keegan Swirbul at the Power of Four race in Aspen, Colo.
"It's cool to get your butt kicked by a 16-year-old when you know he has a bright future," said Armstrong, smiling.
Armstrong had his mind on food. He chatted for a few minutes before saying, "OK, I'm going to go eat a cheeseburger."
Before leaving, though, he posed for pictures with the throng of fans. Several spectators wore Livestrong hats and shirts.
"I'm focused on the future," Armstrong said. "I've got five great kids, a great lady (girlfriend Anna Hansen) 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 retired from top-level cycling last year but enjoys competing in weekend events.
"It's not so much about racing anymore for me," he 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."
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