Veteran cyclist Lance Armstrong has announced his retirement on Tuesday, calling it his “Retirement 2.0”.
The 39-year-old world-famous cyclist is finally bowing out of the racing scene after finishing 65th in his last race in Australia last month.
Armstrong broke worldwide records when he won seven straight Tour de France titles six years ago, a first in the history of cycle racing. After leaving a historical mark, he said he has no plans of returning after his retirement.
“Never say never,” Armstrong joked during his Tuesday interview. “Just kidding,” he added quickly.
His failure to gain an eighth title and the recent accusations that he used illegal drugs to enhance his performances paved the way for his retirement. He was accused by his former teammate Floyd Landis of using drugs during the height of his career, something Armstrong isn’t too concerned about.
“I can’t control what goes on in regards to the investigation. That’s why I hire people to help me with that. I try not to let it bother me and just keep rolling right along. I know what I know,” Armstrong stated. “I know what I do and I know what I did. That’s not going to change.”
Aside from that, Armstrong admitted he’s tired and he also needs to take care of his family.
“I can’t say I have any regrets. It’s been an excellent ride,” Armstrong said.
During his career, Armstrong battled with life-threatening testicular cancer and endured chemotherapies to prolong his life. He went on to win the race in 1999 and became a worldwide advocate for cancer survivors.
According to International Cycling Union President Pat McQuaid, “His contribution to cycling has been enormous… The sport of cycling has a lot to be thankful for because of Lance Armstrong.”