PARIS (AP) The 1987 winner of the Tour de France supports Lance Armstrong riding part of this July's route to raise funds against blood cancer.
Stephen Roche says ''it's for a very good cause'' and adds ''he hasn't killed anybody.''
Former English soccer player Geoff Thomas invited Armstrong on the unofficial charity ride. To raise $1.5 million, Thomas plans to ride on the Tour route a day before the professional peloton.
Armstrong said he was ''honored and humbled'' to take part for a couple of days. The head of world cycling, UCI President Brian Cookson, called Armstrong's participation ''ill-advised'' and ''disrespectful to the Tour de France.'' Armstrong is banned for life from organized sports for doping.
Roche says ''it's a charity event. There will be no podium.''