ARMSTRONG, CUT BY RACE, TO DO PODCAST
Lance Armstrong won’t get marketing, cash or support from Colorado Classic organizers, but the disgraced cyclist still will host his popular “Stages” cycling podcast during the inaugural pro cycling race this week.
Organizers abandoned a marketing partnership with Armstrong after the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency raised concerns the deal violated the admitted doper’s lifetime ban from pro cycling.
If organizers behind the inaugural bike race went forward with the Armstrong deal — with him traveling to Colorado Springs, Breckenridge and Denver for live podcasts from his Airstream studio — the race could lose its international sanctioning, a fatal blow that would probably pull top cyclists from the race roster.
“In light of concerns expressed by USADA, we came to a mutual agreement that it is in the best interest of the Colorado Classic to cancel the marketing partnership with the ‘Stages’ podcast,” race spokesman Ben Davis said.
Armstrong texted that he was absolutely moving forward with the podcast — “1,000 percent,” he said.