Seven-time Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong won’t compete in a Blue Lakes multisports festival sprint triathlon next month because of a sore left knee.

In a phone interview with the AP, Armstrong says he has temporarily quit running because his left knee has cartilage damage and eventually will require surgery.

Thankfully the injury won’t prevent all of us fans from seeing him fight the Peloton one last time; Armstrong still plans to compete in the Tour Down Under cycling race in Australia on Jan. 16-23. The triathlon, in New Zealand, is on January 29, but we’ll have to wait to see him return to his first sport a little while longer. Let the battle among race promoters to bring him to their event for his “1st time back” begin.

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