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Lance Armstrong Retiring

Image courtesy Lance Armstrong Foundation
Lance Armstrong greets cancer survivor Marie McKinney. Armstrong says he is leaving profesionnal cycling to continue his efforts to promote cancer research and raise awareness about the disease.

Austin cyclist and seven-time Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong says he is retiring from professional cycling.  In a statement released this morning, Armstrong said he would use his time to promote cancer research and awareness through his Livestrong organization.

"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 said in the statement.

"Looking ahead, we have great challenges in Texas this year," Livestrong spokesperson Katherine McLane told KUT News. "Smoke-free Texas legislation is going to make its way through the legislature this session, and probably has a tough road ahead. Lance wants to support that effort again."

McLane said Armstrong also wanted to support the California Cancer Research Act, and attend a United Nations session on noncommunicable diseases scheduled for September.

Nathan Bernier is the transportation reporter at KUT. Got a tip? Email him at Follow him on Twitter @KUTnathan.