Lance Armstrong, a seven-times winner of the Tour de France, fears that he could be attacked by spectators when he returns to the race next year.
Armstrong, who recently announced his comeback from a three-year retirement, said: “There’re some aggressive, angry emotions [in France]. If you believe what you read my personal safety could be in jeopardy. Cycling is a sport of the open road and spectators are lining that road. I try to believe that people, even if they don’t like me, will let the race unfold.”
Asked whether he feared he might be violently attacked on the 2009 Tour, Armstrong said: “There’re directors of French teams that have encouraged people to take to the streets … elbow to elbow. It’s very emotional and tense.”
I understand that emotions always run high in France, but I don’t think anything will happen. Just peddle, Lance, and stick it to ’em one more time.