Lance Armstrong separating after four years of marriage
AUSTIN - Four-time defending Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong and his wife, Kristin, have separated after four years of marriage, the couple said in a statement Friday.
In a statement e-mailed to the Austin American-Statesman, the Armstrongs, both 31, said they were having unspecified difficulties in their marriage.
"We are working through these sensitive issues in the same way we have met other challenges in our life together with determination and dedication," the statement read. "We may experience a period of time apart from each other as we reflect on our relationship and work to preserve and protect the interests of our family and children."
Armstrong lives in Austin but departs for Spain on Monday to prepare for the European cycling season. Kristin Armstrong and the couple's three children will stay in Austin.
"We are like any other couple, except that we live in the spotlight of constant media attention, which makes working through this situation even more difficult. So, we particularly respect and appreciate any and all considerations for our privacy as we work through this difficult period in the months ahead," they said in the statement.
Armstrong overcame cancer on his way to four Tour wins. He'll bid for his fifth straight Tour victory this summer. Armstrong, who was named The Associated Press Male Athlete of the Year in 2002, hopes to tie the record of Spain's Miguel Indurain, who won from 1991-95.