Lance Armstrong hits town, still lays claims to Tour de France titles
Published Wednesday, August 29, 2012 11:45AM EDT
Last Updated Wednesday, August 29, 2012 6:58PM EDT
MONTREAL -- Lance Armstrong defiantly introduced himself to a cancer conference in Montreal on Wednesday as a seven-time Tour de France champion.
The U.S. Anti-Doping Agency has stripped the controversial cyclist of his titles after concluding he used banned substances.
Armstrong shocked his supporters last week by announcing he will no longer challenge the doping charges against him.
But he's not dropping his claim to fame.
"My name is Lance Armstrong. I am a cancer survivor," he said at the start of his speech to the World Cancer Congress.
"I'm a father of five. And yes, I won the Tour de France seven times."
Aside from his opening remarks about the Tour, Armstrong largely steered clear of the doping controversy. He has maintained his innocence.
Instead, he focused on his experience as a cancer survivor and the work of his charitable foundation.
Armstrong says he refuses to be distracted from the fight against cancer.
"We have too big a job to do," he said towards the end of his speech.
His remarks were met by chuckles, applause and, after he finished, a standing ovation.
Armstrong was taking part in a panel discussion at the World Cancer Congress in Montreal. He has invited Montrealers to join him on a 7.5-kilometre run Wednesday evening.