Lance Armstrong competes in Colorado, speaks out about cycling ban

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ASPEN, Colo. — Lance Armstrong, once the most celebrated cyclist in history, is now the center of a huge controversy.

After giving up his fight against doping allegations, Armstrong was stripped of his titles and medals, and banned from racing indefinitely.

But Lance Armstrong is not hiding out or shying away from cameras.

In fact, Armstrong competed in a mountain bike race in Aspen Saturday morning.

“Nobody needs to cry for me. I’m going to be great,” Armstrong told FOX31 Denver. “I’m more at ease now than I have been in ten years.”

After a tough race up mountains at high altitude, Armstrong took the 2nd place prize, beaten by a 16-year-old. He says he was just happy to have finished.

As for the doping allegations, Armstrong didn’t have a lot to say.

“People understand,” Armstrong said.  “(There’s) lots of stuff to do, that’s what I’m focused on. It’s great to be out here.

“I have a wonderful foundation that is completely unaffected by any noise out there, and we are going to continue to do our job.”

Armstrong was supposed to run a marathon on Sunday, but after Saturday’s race, he says he’s going to take it easy.

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