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Just days after reaching a $5 million legal settlement in his whistle-blower suit with the United States government and former teammate Floyd Landis, cycling legend Lance Armstrong announced Monday that he would be coming to Israel to podcast the Giro d’Italia, which kicks off in Jerusalem on Friday May 4.

Just days after reaching a $5 million legal settlement in his whistle-blower suit with the United States government and former teammate Floyd Landis, cycling legend Lance Armstrong (pictured above) announced Monday that he would be coming to Israel to podcast the Giro d’Italia, which kicks off in Jerusalem on Friday May 4.

“We’re going to Israel to cover the Giro,” he said. “The chance to go to a place like Israel to cover an iconic event like the Tour of Italy is insane. We know these events like the Tour de France start in Holland, Belgium or Germany, but to go that far from mainland Europe is pretty awesome and a pretty unique opportunity. So we’ll have three days, the prologue in Jerusalem, the stage to Tel Aviv, and stage 3 down south. It’s a pretty great opportunity.”

The 101st edition of the competition, featuring 176 of the world’s top cyclists, will roll off Friday from Jerusalem to mark Israel’s 70th anniversary of independence and end in the Vatican on May 22. Riders will begin the race against the backdrop of Jerusalem’s iconic Old City on a 10.1km time-trial tour of the city. The second stage will begin at the scenic Baha’i Gardens in Haifa, then pass through historic Acre and Caesarea, before riders head to the finish line on Tel Aviv’s beachside promenade, totalling 167 km. After the third and last stage from Beer Sheva to the Red Sea resort city of Eilat (226 km), participants will fly to Sicily where they will begin to climb the boot.

The Giro d’Italia, which takes place annually in Italy over 21 stages during a three-week period, is watched by hundreds of millions of viewers in 194 countries. Next week’s race is the first time the Grande Partenza, the opening stage of the race, takes place outside of Europe.

Armstrong, the seven time winner of the Tour de France, was stripped of all his titles by the sport’s governing body, the UCI, and received a lifetime ban due to doping offences. He was sued by the US government and his former Postal teammate Landis.

The Cyclingnews website reported Monday that due to the ban, Armstrong would not receive official accreditation to cover the race. “Lance Armstrong has not been invited by the organizers of the Giro d’Italia. Because he is banned by the UCI means he cannot have an official role at a UCI sanctioned event and cannot be accredited by the organisation,” a statement provided by Giro d’Italia organizer RCS Sport to Cyclingnews read.

By: TPS Staff

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