SACRAMENTO, CA - MAY 14: Lance Armstrong of Team Radio Shack speaks during a during a press conference prior to the 2010 Tour of California at the Sacramento Convention Center on May 14, 2010 in Sacramento, California. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)

Lance Armstrong Retires From Competitive Cycling To Focus On Family, Livestrong

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Lance Armstrong Retires From Competitive Cycling To Focus On Family, Livestrong

Lance Armstrong is officially retiring from competitive cycling for a second time in what he is calling "Retirement 2.0." Armstrong retired for the first time in 2005, which was followed by a comeback that began in 2009. He failed to win an eighth Tour de France in his second go-around, finishing third in 2009 and 23rd last year.

Armstrong says this retirement is for good, and he has no regrets about coming back to the sport, as he said in an exclusive interview with the AP:

"I can't say I have any regrets. It's been an excellent ride. I really thought I was going to win another tour. Then I lined up like everybody else and wound up third. I have no regrets about last year, either," he added, despite finishing 23rd. "The crashes, the problems with the bike - those were things that were beyond my control."

Armstrong leaves the sport to focus on his family and his charity the Livestrong Foundation, which has raised over $400 million in cancer research funding. Armstrong said he plans on enjoying this year's Tour de France as a spectator by taking his oldest son, 11-year old Luke, to the race.

For much more on the retirement of the seven-time Tour de France champion, and all things cycling, head to SB Nation's Podium Cafe.

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