His statement reads
“Today, I am announcing my retirement from professional cycling in order to devote myself full-time to my family, to the fight against cancer and to leading the foundation I established before I won my first Tour de France.
After that, Its just a blurr, for I make NO excuses, I am DEVASTATED at the news, we all knew it was coming this year, but Lance originally said that the Tour of California would be his last race, I watched every second of the Tour Down Under, thinking i’d get to see Lance, one last time, it was great watching him “Lead out” Team Radioshack.
But I “Knew” i’d see him at least once more. You see, since I learnt how to cycle (for the second time) just under 3 years ago, I have watched Armstrong’s EVERY move, I had anger, frustration, pain, hurt, suffering and frustration that was built up inside me, I had to learn, somehow, how to get all those emotions out, I read Lance’ books, watched his style and every single ride I had from there on out, was done in Armstrong Style, 200% effort, anger though the cranks, no matter what the pain and suffering I made sure I knew how to hurt myself and how to suffer, the result of this is I lost 25 stone, or for your American readers 350 pounds !!!!! and that is all thanks to Lance Armstrong, sure he didn’t push my legs round, but boy he taught me how to FIGHT FOR MY LIFE……THANK YOU LANCE….
I will find it hard to watch cycling without Lance, but we have the legend Mark Cavendish to entertain us.
its just a shame that Alberto Contador isnt still banned, I FULLY Expected Lance to give it one last throw of the dice at this years Tour De France if Alberto wasnt there, now he is, Lance retires, Seems I might have been right.