Will Lance get a chance to put on the race gear one more time?
Disgraced former pro cyclist Lance Armstrong is reportedly open to the idea of a one-on-one multi-sport showdown against Australian triathlon star Chris McCormack, a two-time World Ironman champion.
Armstrong had planned to start competing in Ironman and triathlon events after retiring from professional cycling. But the defrocked seven-time Tour de France winner’s admission to taking performance-enhancing drugs throughout his career earned him a lifetime ban from sanctioned events requiring World Anti-Doping Agency tests.
But none of Armstrong’s extensive dirty laundry seems to bother McCormack, the 2007 and 2010 World Ironman champion, who also captured the 1997 International Triathlon Union world crown and the 2012 ITU Long Distance world title. In an interview on Triathlete magazine’s website, McCormack revealed his challenge to square off against Armstrong.
“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 competitors. Armstrong is a prickly personality and I would love to go around and have a crack at him.”
This on-going back and forth has also made it onto Twitter. McCormack, 40, tweeted Armstrong, 42, a message saying, “you still on old number? DM me on twitter.” Armstrong’s rebuttal: “Hey @MaccaNow – if you’re serious then gimme a call. Let’s discuss.”
Sounds like a made for TV showdown in the spirit of this famous face-off.