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Armstrong attends Livestrong ride ahead of UCI verdict

ESPN staff
October 21, 2012
Lance Armstrong addressed cyclists before the Livestrong Challenge Ride © Getty Images

Thousands of amateur cyclists turned out to support Lance Armstrong's cancer charity at a fundraising event in Texas on Sunday.

Armstrong, who spoke publicly for the first time on Friday following the United States Anti-Doping Agency's report that claimed he ran "the most sophisticated, professionalised and successful doping programme that sport has ever seen", was present at the Livestrong Challenge Ride in his hometown of Austin.

The seven-time Tour de France winner will learn on Monday whether the International Cycling Union (UCI) will either accept the report or appeal the sanctions to the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

"I've been better, but I've also been worse," said Armstrong, wearing a black T-shirt instead of the charity's signature yellow.

Armstrong, who stepped down as chairman of Livestrong on Wednesday, has also been dropped by sportswear brand Nike following USADA's 1000-pages of evidence including the testimonies of 11 former team-mates.

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