Lance Armstrong sustained few crashes during the Tour de France and was still feeling the ill-effects of it, according to his manager Mark Higgins. Due to such, it was inevitable that Armstrong will have to sacrifice the Leadville Trail 100 for 2010.
Armstrong made the decision Monday that he was pulling out of the high-altitude mountain bike race. Higgins stated, “He is suffering from a nagging injury to his hip from the Tour de France,” and he added, “His girls will also be in Aspen with him this weekend so he will be staying at home.”
Armstrong had a record time of 6:28:50 when he won last year’s race. Dave Wiens, the six-time winner placed second. The Leadville 100 this year still promises an exciting array of named contenders in the race.
For now, Armstrong has no races to run this year. However, he will be competing in two Livestrong events, one on August 22 in Philadelphia and another in the Austin Challenge in October. Armstrong will be gracing a fundraiser ride for Aspen’s Wapiyapi for the benefit of children afflicted with cancer.