The Straits Times
Published on Oct 21, 2012

Early wake-up calls for disgraced cyclist Armstrong


AUSTIN, Texas (AFP) - Disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong is set for two days of early wake-up calls - first to address 4,000 bikers on Sunday at a charity ride and then to learn his fate from cycling's global governing body.

Wake-up calls about the harsh penalties for using performance-enhancing drugs appear to have come far too late for Armstrong, or they went unheeded.

Armstrong will appear Sunday morning to speak with riders at the start of the Livestrong Challenge in his hometown of Austin, Texas, as cyclists ride to raise money for the anti-cancer foundation.

Armstrong stepped down as Livestrong chairman last Wednesday, a week after the US Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) unveiled the evidence it used to give him a life ban for doping and strip his seven Tour de France triumphs from 1999-2005.