‘So tragic’ — Lance Armstrong discusses crash that killed Kalamazoo County cyclists

Posted at 7:08 PM, Jun 08, 2016
and last updated 2016-06-08 22:49:32-04

KALAMAZOO COUNTY, Mich. -- World-famous cyclist Lance Armstrong is offering his condolences to those impacted by the Kalamazoo County bicycle crash crash.

Five people were killed and four others were injured Tuesday after a pick-up truck crashed into a group of cyclists in the 5500 block of N. Westnedge Avenue.  The crash happened at about 6:36 p.m.

Armstrong  says he found out about the crash Tuesday night and couldn't believe what he was reading.

"This is so sad, and so tragic," Armstrong told FOX 17. "Really something that certainly in my 30 years of riding, I've never seen anything like this."

Armstrong also praised the spirit of the cycling community, and encouraged cyclists to continue doing what they love.

"I think there's this unity among the sport," he said. "I think putting the bike up for good and not getting back out on the road is the wrong thing to do."

He added that he would love to come to Kalamazoo and participate in a tribute ride, if his schedule allows.

Armstrong also posted a photo and message on his Instagram account Wednesday saying he felt "incredible sadness" about the crash.

We'll have more of our interview with Lance Armstrong Wednesday on FOX 17 News at Ten.  

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Went for a run this morning. Couldn't shake my feeling of incredible sadness thinking about yesterday's unimaginable tragedy in Kalamazoo. While I was running I was listening to @ryanbingham_official's station on Pandora. "Yesterday's Blues" came on - summed it up for me. To the ones lost - may you rest in peace. To their friends, families, teammates, partners - my deepest condolences.

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