Armstrong withdraws from Leadville 100

Lance Armstrong has pulled out of the the Leadville Trail 100. The American opted out of the 100-mile long mountain bike race citing the after-effects of his troubled Tour de France. Last season, he rode and won the event before going on to ride the Tour of Ireland. His participation in the event in 2008 marked his comeback to professional racing.

Armstrong is still suffering from a nagging injury to his hip from the Tour de France. His manager Mark Higgins said. “His girls will also be in Aspen with him this weekend so he will be staying home.”

With Armstrong out the picture, new race favorites have to be former winner David Wiens and newcomer to mountain biking

Armstrong has maintained a relatively low profile since the Tour, and has no other races planned for the remainder of 2010. However, he will appear in two events linked to his Livestrong organisation, in Philadelphia at the end of August and in Austin in late October.