AUSTIN, Dec 04, 2013 (AFP) – Disgraced US cyclist Lance Armstrong is open
to the idea of a one-on-one race showdown with Australian triathlon star Chris
McCormack, a two-time World Ironman champion.
McCormack, the 2007 and 2010 World Ironman champion, also captured the 1997
International Triathlon Union world crown and the 2012 ITU Long Distance world
Armstrong had hoped to enter the Ironman and triathlon events but his
admission of taking performance-enhancing drugs after being stripped of his
seven Tour de France titles left him ineligible for any sanctioned events
requiring World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) tests.
But in an interview on Triathlete magazine’s website, McCormack made public
his challenge to face Armstrong in a man-on-man triathlon challenge.
“I said ‘I will race you, mate.’ I don’t even care if there are no
accolades. No one around. I just want to race you. Just two old blokes. No
excuses,’” McCormack told the magazine.
“Lance has done some horrible things and some amazing things athletically,
but he is still a competitor and I have always been inspired by racing
“He’s a prickly personality and I would love to go around and have a crack
McCormack, 40, tweeted Armstrong, 42, a message saying, “you still on old
number? DM me on twitter.”
Armstrong’s message to “Macca” was: “Hey @MaccaNow – if you’re serious then
gimme a call. Let’s discuss.”