Originally posted on Fox Olympics  |  Last updated 7/23/13
Lance Armstrong returned to the sport he loves this week in his first major public event since his interview with Oprah Winfrey in January. According to the Des Moines Register, Lance Armstrong rode Monday with an estimated 20,000 others on the second day of the (Des Moines) Register's Annual Great Bicycle Ride Across Iowa (RAGBRAI). Armstrong won the Tour de France seven times and was stripped of all seven titles after he was found to have used performance-enhancing drugs. "It wasn't a pretty time. I didn't invent it, and I didn't end it," Armstrong told the newspaper Monday of doping in the sport of cycling. "My bad for playing along." Armstrong told the Des Moines Register that he "didn't expect a wave of hostility" but he also thought there might be those who would decide "to shoot me the bird." "It's a polarizing topic where people are pulled strongly either way. I'm not ignorant when it comes to that," Armstrong said in an exclusive interview with the Des Moines Register. "I know a couple things. I know it was an unfortunate period in our sport -- and when I say period, I mean 10, 15, 20 years. Unfortunately for me, I came right smack dab in the middle of that period and I participated like many others did. "That reality that the world has seen now is uncomfortable for many people."
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