Armstrong hoping to see Madiba

MURCIA, Spain - Lance Armstrong says he hopes to meet Nelson Mandela during a visit to South Africa this week.

MURCIA, Spain - Lance Armstrong says he hopes to meet Nelson Mandela during a visit to South Africa this week.

Armstrong is travelling to South Africa to take part in a local race next weekend and says meeting the former president would be "the opportunity of a lifetime".

The seven-time Tour de France champion says he has not been guaranteed a meeting since Mandela's schedule is busy and "at this point in his life he wants to take it easy and not meet too many people".

The American admits his form has not been as good as he hoped, but that he is "not too stressed" about his performance. - Sapa-AP

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