Lance Armstrong admits that he rarely rides his bike any more and wants to move on with his life after admitting to doping.

Lance Armstrong says that cycling is still in a mess nearly two years on from the admission that he doped in all seven of his Tour de France victories.

The 43-year-old received a lifetime ban from the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) in October 2012, was stripped of his Tour titles and is still being sued for $100m by the US federal government.

But Armstrong admitted to French digital magazine l’edition du Soir  that he now only rides a bike about once a week, resulting in him suffering in the recent 125km Mike Nosco Bicycle Ride charity event in California.

“The route was very hard, much more than what I expected. I’m not used to these kind of climbs,” he told the website – a digital edition of the Ouest France newspaper.

“I don’t train that much anymore, not more than once a week. And when I do a bike ride, it’s mostly on my mountain bike. And in Austin, where I live, the routes are not as hilly.”

Two weeks ago (October 24) USA Cycling blocked Armstrong’s participation in the Hincapie Gran Fondo sportive, organised by former US Postal teammate George Hincapie, at the request of the USADA.

In an effort to move on with his life, Armstrong continues to attempt to reduce his ban, but admits that he doesn’t follow the cycling scene with much interest any more.

And after the death of his friend Robin Williams, Armstrong insists he is determined to live life to the full, with that mostly being off the bike.

“I don’t follow the results. From time to time, I read the newspaper or surf the internet but I do not look at it in particular detail,” he continued. “Not because it is something painful, it’s just because I’ve turned the page.

“Needless to say that the end of my career was complicated. It is even still a mess… but I’ve moved on from it.

“When you’ve devoted your life to a sport, you realise at the end of your career that you’ve missed a lot. I’ve been trying to make up for lost time, either with my children or by travelling. I’ve also been dedicating time to the fight against cancer.”

  • TXrider

    Agreed. One convicted doper can’t even go for a ride in a Grand Fondo, but another can organize one and assign his name to it. Guys like Hincapie and the like, they doped, but tried to stay under the radar, race their race, etc. Lance not only denied it, but openly taunted, called out, threatened and/or sued people who “dared” to question him. He simply took it to another level and that is why he gets the harshest treatment. The guy should have just stayed retired, but hubris is a bitch. Anyone who thinks cycling is clean now is looking through a very opulent pair of rose colored glasses.

  • Scott Gee

    The Gran Fondo move was totally petty. What else could you expect coming out of Colorado Springs?

  • hougie

    I bet its dwindling fast though. The lawyer fees have to be dragging that down and the fed is in no hurry there strategy is probably to stall the case until he runs out of money. Its hard telling how much of that money he might have invested.

  • andrew76092

    The reason the ride was so hard for him is because he wasn’t all doped up!!!! Lance, you used to be my hero but the LIES got the best of you – LOSER.

  • colin

    Who cares what he thinks about anything? He says he’s moved on, lets all do the same

  • Les Orton

    He says Cycling is in a mess. Then says he doesn’t follow the sport! Could he be lying?

  • ian franklin

    Lance is a sociopath. He bullied and lied and cheating. Yet, that’s no reason to ban him: He was banned because of his drug use over many years and was made unwelcome because in doing so he seriously damaged the sport. It is not vindictive to ban him from Grand Fondos. The rules are the same for everyone. If you are banned, you stay away from the sport – any officially sanctioned sport that is. I’m sorry guys, but you do the crime and you serve the time. Same for us all.

  • JCJ Bike

    Agreed… especially when you consider all the other guys who got caught doping didn’t even remotely receive the punishment Armstrong did. Ullrich cheated his whole career, won the Tour and placed second most of the rest of the time and he was banned for just 2 years and his results AFTER 2005 were negated. (he raced from the mid 90s thru 2005)

  • cahern1968

    But he still has all the money.

  • bklyn farmer

    So the USADA blocked him from riding in a fondo, sounds kind of vindictive and petty.