Injured Lance Armstrong pulls of the tournament

Updated: May 21, 2010, 18:32 PM IST

Los Angeles: Ace cyclist Lance Armstrong
was forced to pull out of the Tour of California race after he
was severely injured.

The seven-time Tour de France winner could not judge
the length of the road properly and so his bicycle skidded.

He has got stitches on his left elbow and under his
left eye, according to

The American rider, who has dated showbiz celebrities
like Sheryl Crow and Kate Hudson in the past, is very sad for
not being able to complete the tournament.

"I`m alive. Fell face first and banged elbow pretty
good. Xrays on the elbow were neg (negative). Extremely
disappointed not to be able to continue," Armstrong wrote on
his Twitter account.