Mumbai: In what will be a big disappointment
for all cycling enthusiasts in the city, cycling legend Lance
Armstrong will not accompany his team Radioshack, which is
participating in the Tour de Mumbai this week, as he is busy
preparing "for a third career as a triathlete".
"No, unfortunately not. He has a very busy schedule with
his Livestrong organisation and he is preparing now for a
third career as triathlete," Radioshack`s team manager, Alain
Gallopin, told PTI in an email interview.
Last month`s `Tour Down Under` was reportedly the last
overseas race of Armstrong, a record seven-time Tour de France
Armstrong, who won seven titles consecutively from 1999
to 2005 after surviving testicular cancer, founded the
organisation called Livestrong, an NGO which works for the
cancer affected people.
USA`s Radioshack and Italy`s top team Liquigas, two of
the top professional cycling teams, will take part in a
two-stage international Class I cycling race to be held later
in the week in Nashik and Mumbai.
Three-time holder of the green jersey sprinters`
classification at Tour de France Robbie McEwen, New Zealander
Sam Bewley, a bronze medal winner in Beijing Olympics,
five-time South African cyclist of the year Robbie Hunter,
double European champion Michal Kwiatkowski from Poland,
Japanese Fumiyuki Beppu and American Bjorn Selander will
represent the USA team in the event.
The Italian team will be represented by Elia Vivani, who
finished his first pro-season by winning the Memorial Marco
Pantani and the Memorial Frank Vandenbroucke. Others to
represent the team include Italian Tiziano Dall`Antonia,
multiple time member of USA World Championship team Timothy
Duggan, American Edward King, and Alan Marangoni.
The two legs of the international race, offering USD
50,000 to the winner, will be held in Nashik on February 11
and here on February 13.