Lance Armstrong has registered to take part in October’s Livestrong Challenge, returning after three years to the marquee fundraising event for the cancer charity he founded and left in disgrace, writes the Associated Press. The former cycling champion registered on Feb. 2 for the Austin, Texas, ride, making a $5,000 donation and setting up a “Lance & Friends” team with several longtime participants in the event.
Mr. Armstrong last participated in the Livestrong Challenge in October 2012, shortly after the release of the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency’s exhaustive report on his use of performance-enhancing substances. The seven-time Tour de France winner was subsequently stripped of his titles, and Livestrong cut all ties with him. Armstrong, a cancer survivor, launched the charity in 1997.
Livestrong spokeswoman Ellen Barry said the foundation welcomed Mr. Armstrong’s donation but had no role in either his staying away from the fundraiser for the past two years or his planned return. “He has signed up to ride in our annual event with his own team as the ride is open to participants nationwide,” she said.