Armstrong to 'Finish the Ride' for Fallen Cyclists

Lance will head to Kalamazoo for 28.5-mile salute to 5 killed by pickup truck
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Posted Jun 12, 2016 10:40 AM CDT
People participate in a silent bike ride in Kalamazoo, Mich., Wednesday, June 8, 2016, supporting the cyclists who were killed and injured in a crash the day before. Police fielded complaints that a pickup...   (Chelsea Purgahn/Kalamazoo Gazette-MLive Media Group via AP)
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(Newser) – Lance Armstrong plans to be in Kalamazoo for a "Finishing the Ride" event in honor of the five cyclists killed when they were hit by a pickup truck, reports the AP. Armstrong told the Detroit Free Press that the collision on June 7 in Kalamazoo County's Cooper Township, 160 miles from Chicago, is the worst he's seen. "For me, this is pretty heavy, thinking the fact that we're going to complete the ride that they set out to is, I'm not sure that I'm equipped for that emotionally," he said.

Armstrong says a fear of being struck by a vehicle is shared by all cyclists. Armstrong plans to join Kalamazoo-area cyclists in a 28.5-mile ride Tuesday from Kalamazoo to Plainwell and back. The driver of the pickup, Charles Pickett Jr., appeared in court Friday on second-degree murder charges and other crimes. He was ordered held without bond, and an attorney will be appointed to represent him. (Read more Lance Armstrong stories.)

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