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Lance Armstrong to be reunited with US Postal Service teammates at 24-hour race

Jack Elton-Walters
19 Jan 2017

Lance Armstrong will be able race with former US Postal Service teammates as it's an unsanctioned event

Despite his lifetime ban from cycling, Lance Armstrong will rejoin former US Postal Service teammates to compete in the 24 Hours of Old Pueblo mountain bike race.

The race is not sanctioned by USA Cycling, leaving Armstrong free to particiapte. The race takes place near Tuscon, Arizona and will run over the weekend of 17th to 19th February.

Joining the Texan are George Hincapie, Christian Vande Velde and Dylan Casey, all of whom rode with Armstrong on the USPS team during his domination of professional cycling. 

Now subject to a ban from all competitive cycling after the US Anti-Doping Agency's 'Reasoned Decision' in 2012 that saw the removal of his seven Tour de France victories, this isn't the first unsanctioned event Armstrong has entered.

The four man team's entry was confirmed by race organiser Epic Rides to VeloNews. As the race is a 24-hour relay event, the former pros will take turns at riding the course while the other three rest and sleep.

Now in its 18th year, riders can compete individually or as part of a two or four person relay squad.

Known for his ultra-competitive nature, Armstrong says his team won't be pushing for the win at Old Pueblo.

'We are certainly not going to be contending for any victories, but we’re looking forward to it, looking forward to having a good time, meeting the other racers,' he said.

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