Lance Armstrong gets hero's welcome at Livestrong 15th anniversary
Lance Armstrong was given a hero's welcome when he strode on stage at the Austin Convention Centre in Texas for the 15th anniversary celebration of Livestrong, the charity he founded to help those battling cancer following his own diagnosis in 1996.
In his first public remarks since the US Anti-Doping Agency declared his seven Tour de France championships the result of massive, systematic doping, Armstrong didn't address the damning charges labelling him a "serial cheat", saying simply that it had been a "difficult couple of weeks".
Instead, he thanked the adoring crowd of 1,500 for its support, some of whom paid $100,000 (€76,780) to have their picture taken with the cycling icon and for an autographed Livestrong jersey.
Around 4,300 cyclists took part in the Annual Team Livestrong Challenge yesterday, riding 100 miles in a show of support for cancer survivors.