While Mr. Armstrong’s been trying to avoid the attention of federal investigators, who are exploring his alleged connections to doping, he couldn’t help attracting the spotlight in his final ride.
“Wearing new jerseys today,” Armstrong tweeted before the stage. “Riding in honor of the 28 million people worldwide dealing with cancer.”
The Tour organizers hadn’t approved the wardrobe change, however.
They stopped the team – and the race – in the first few miles and warned RadioShack that if they didn’t change back into their original kits, they would be disqualified.
They complied and the race continued.
The 38-year old Armstrong finished the Tour in 23rd place, 39 minutes and 20 seconds behind Contador.