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Defiant Lance Armstrong Races Again: “Nobody Needs To Cry For Me”

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Aug. 25 2012, Published 7:45 a.m. ET

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By Radar Staff

Lance Armstrong defiantly hopped on his wheels and completed a mountain bike race in Aspen, Colorado on Saturday, only a day after he was stripped of his seven Tour de France wins.

And the 40-year-old athlete who is at the center of a worldwide doping scandal urges fans not to feel sorry for him.

After crossing the finish-line at the Power of Four Mountain Bike Race in Aspen,  Armstrong told waiting reporters:  “Nobody needs to cry for me. I’m going to be great.”

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The testicular cancer survivor stunned the world on Thursday when he announced he will no longer fight allegations that he used performance-enhancing drugs when he racked up a record seven Tour de France wins.

In a statement released on August 23, the Texan said: “There comes a point in every man’s life when he has to say: ‘Enough is enough’.

“For me, that time is now.”

As a result the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency – which has been investigating the drug allegations – banned the retired athlete from the sport he loved.

But, rather than hide away and keep a low profile, the father-of-five, boldly got on his bike to join other racers in Aspen.

According to reports, Armstrong was smiling at the beginning of the race and after coming in second, he said: “OK, I’m going to eat a cheeseburger.”

The cancer research fundraiser later took to his Twitter page to joke about being beaten by a 16-year-old – Keegan Swirbul who won the race.

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