Prior to initiating his participation in the “Ruta de Los Conquistadores”, Lance Armstrong shared with the children of the association “Fight Against Childhood Cancer”. As of 1996, the cyclist suffered from testicular cancer, a disease he fought and overcame for more than 2 years. That is why he brought a message of hope to parents and children who are going through this difficult situation.
“I feel very happy to be here in Costa Rica. Now I have come to greet these children who are the ones who really carry out a battle in life. I had cancer, and I am here, I live. They have to have that message”, said the American cyclist.
The ex-champion of the Tour de France shared for more than an hour with the children, before leaving for Jacó, where the first stage of La Ruta will start today.
Enjoy the “Conquistadores”
Regarding the competition, the former Olympic medalist assured that he comes more to enjoy than to compete. “I have been told that La Ruta is very tough and I am no longer at my best level, as a high-performance cyclist. But I hope to enjoy it a lot and especially finish it”, he said.
The first stage will be 86 kilometers between Jacó and Finca El Rodeo in Ciudad Colón.
Lance Armstrong is one of the most high profile athletes competing in the Conquistadores. The Texan won 7 times the Tour de France and a gold medal. But, in 2012, he began a process of investigation, which found him guilty of doping practices.
For his mistakes, which the cyclist eventually admitted, he lost all his titles won from August 1st, 1998 onwards and received a lifetime penalty for the practice of professional sports. Today it maintains its activity but in other levels.