Lance Armstrong has officially announced his retirement from competitive cycling, saying that he wishes to devote his time to his family and continue his work with the LiveStrong cancer foundation.

“Today, I am announcing my retirement from professional cycling in order to devote myself full-time to my family, to the fight against cancer and to leading the foundation I established before I won my first Tour de France,” said Armstrong in a press statement issued on Wednesday.

“In 2009, I returned to professional cycling with the LiveStrong Global Cancer Campaign to raise awareness of the toll taken by this disease.

“We’ve come a long way in two years, spurring new investments, strengthening partnerships with the cancer community and beginning to ease the stigma faced by millions of survivors.

“I’m humbled and grateful for the outpouring of support our campaign and our partners received. But we have a long way to go. Cancer is now the world’s leading cause of death and for 28 million of us, survivorship is a daily fact of life,” Armstrong continued.

“My focus now is raising my five children, promoting the mission of LiveStrong, and growing entrepreneurial ventures with our great corporate partners in the fight against cancer.”

Armstrong’s last outing at an international cycle race was at the Tour Down Under, Australia, in January for the RadioShack team he founded in 2010.

It was rumoured that Armstrong would ride the Tour of California in May, but from his latest statement it appears that the Texan has quit cycling for good.

Armstrong is currently at the centre of an on-going investigation by the US Food and Drink Administration into doping during his career as a result of allegations made by former US Postal team-mate Floyd Landis.

Earlier, Armstrong had said during an interview with Associated Press: “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. I know what I do and I know what I did. That’s not going to change.”

Armstrong previously retired from cycling in July 2005, but made a comeback in January 2009. Asked about whether he regretted coming back from his first ‘retirement’, he said: “I can’t say I have any regrets. It’s been an excellent ride. I really thought I was going to win another Tour.”

“Then I lined up like everybody else and wound up third.”

Armstrong won the Tour de France on seven occasions: 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004 and 2005. He won the world championship road race in 1993.

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  • Mike

    No, but it seems you can fool most of the people most of the time.

    Cant wait to see the back of him.
    Now we can get back to racing, without all the doublespeak and self promotion.

    Glad to see the back of him.

  • Ian Trendell

    So many negative comments!! Love him or hate him, he has still done alot to raise the profile of cycling and doing alot with LAF. Yes ok so he’s made a mint himself, but would’nt we all given the opportunity?
    Thats why we all go out to work, earning a crust. Sure, he’ll still be involved with Cycling somewhere for many years to come. Shame the 8th win was’nt achievable. You can’t please everyone………….

  • mark

    I see the armstrong haters are out in force again,give the guy a break,he has put cycling in the public eye more than any other rider and his work for cancer awareness can only be a good thing.

  • Rich

    Good news

  • barry davies

    Dont think its the last we have seen of him, he cannot stay away from the lime -lite, and you can bet his best mate Mcquaid will have a nice little earner for him.

  • sheldon Howcroft

    More to do with drugs I think.He was never going to win another Tour.

  • Ken Evans

    More comebacks than Frank Sinatra.

    He might as well have stayed retired,
    for all the impact he has made in his comeback races.

  • PeterLB

    So Lance got that one last big payment from the Adelaide govt. and then pedaled off in to the sunset. Does anyone else think it’s all been about his wallet?