(MONTREAL) — Even after having his seven Tour de France titles stripped last week by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency, Lance Armstrong will not let that affect the way he represents himself.
“My name is Lance Armstrong. I am a cancer survivor,” Armstrong said on Wednesday to open his speech to the World Cancer Congress. “I’m a father of five. And yes, I won the Tour de France seven times.”
The USADA wiped away his competitive victories dating back to 1998, which included all seven Tour wins, after Armstrong announced he would no longer challenge the accusations that he used PEDs during his time as a competitive bicyclist.
“I think the real issue here is one of distraction,” Armstrong said. “I’m going to tell this to you all as if you’re friends and partners and allies. I’m not going to be distracted from this fight.”
The Lance Armstrong Foundation announced that they would donate an additional $500,000 to a joint initiative aimed at increasing access to cancer care around the world.
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