Armstrong invited to launch bike path in Israel

Israel has invited Lance Armstrong to inaugurate a bike trail as part of celebrations marking the Jewish state's 60 years of independence in 2008, an official said on Tuesday.

Israel has invited Lance Armstrong to inaugurate a bike trail as part of celebrations marking the Jewish state's 60 years of independence in 2008, an official said on Tuesday.

Armstrong attended the Tour De Korea 2007 Opening race at the Olympic park on September 1, 2007 in Seoul, South Korea.

The seven-time winner of the Tour de France has accepted the invitation from Israel's consulate in New York to attend the event, Ilan Marciano, a spokesman for minister Ruhama Avraham Blila who is overseeing the celebrations, told AFP.   

The bicycle trail will run between the coastal city of Tel Aviv and Jerusalem, but the date of the event has not been decided yet, Marciano added.   

The 35-year-old Armstrong, who was diagnosed with cancer in 1996 and wenton to rewrite the record book for the world's premier cycling race, retired from professional cycling in July 2005, immediately following his Tour victory.   

Israel will mark its 1948 independence with celebrations across the country throughout next year. 

© BikeRadar & AFP 2007

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