ARM­STRONG, CUT BY RACE, TO DO POD­CAST

The Denver Post - - NEWS - — Ja­son Blevins, The Den­ver Post

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.

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