In his first public comments since being stripped of his seven Tour de France titles and banned from cycling for life by the USADA, Lance Armstrong did not ask for sympathy. He told Reuters:
"Nobody needs to cry for me. I'm going to be great," Armstrong said. "I have five great kids and a wonderful lady in my life. My foundation is unaffected by all the noise out there."
Armstrong was speaking from Aspen, Colo., where he finished second in the 36-mile Power of Four mountain bike race on Saturday. He praised the response he had gotten from fans since the USADA's decision, including that from the crowd in Aspen.
"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 also told the press that he was putting the doping controversy behind him, and is solely focused on what lies ahead for him.
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