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by Shane Stokes
December 15, 2017
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In a controversial move, and one which will raise questions about how committed the Flanders Classics organisers are to a clean sport, the people behind the Tour of Flanders have invited Lance Armstrong to be an official guest at next year’s race.
“Lance Armstrong is delighted to be visiting Flanders to tell his story and experience his favourite one-day race live,” said race organiser Wouter Vandenhaute. “To him, this will also be a return to cycling and, as far as I am concerned, he is very welcome!
“Lance Armstrong is and remains a great champion. I have felt for many years now that he was above all punished for his arrogance. I met Lance Armstrong in Washington last October and found him to be a chastened man who has made peace with his fate.”
Armstrong was handed a lifetime ban by USADA in 2012. He denied charges of doping at the time, but later confessed on the Oprah show, saying that he had used banned products for many years. As part of his sanction, he lost his seven Tour de France titles plus many other results.
The Flanders organisers said that he will be an invited guest and a keynote speaker at the Tour of Flanders Business Academy prior to the race.
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