Lance Armstrong made the understatement of the month when he said it's been a "difficult couple of weeks" during a speech at the 15th anniversary celebration of Livestrong, the cancer-fighting charity he started.
"I am … truly humbled by your support," said the seven-time Tour de France champion in his hometown of Austin, Texas, before a crowd of 1,700. "It's been an interesting couple of weeks. It's been a difficult couple of weeks for me and my family, my friends and this foundation."
Armstrong said that when people ask how he's doing, he replies, "I've been better, but I've also been worse."
Armstrong has been banned from cycling by the U.S. Anti-Doping Assn., which recently released a report that details incidents of performance-enhancing drug use by the American, who has arduously denied the accusations and has never triggered a positive test during his career.
The sport's governing body, the International Cycling Union, will decide next week if it will accept the report and the USADA's harsh penalties or appeal on behalf of Armstrong, who last month said he would no longer fight the doping accusations.