- Aug 12, 2001
Austin, Texas-AP -- Four-time defending Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong and his wife, Kristin, have separated after four years of marriage.
The Armstrongs announced the decision in an e-mailed statement to an Austin, Texas newspaper (the American-Statesman) yesterday.
The separation comes as Armstrong is preparing to leave for Spain, where he'll train for the European cycling season.
Kristin Armstrong and the couple's three children will stay in Texas.
The two met in early 1997. They were together through Armstrong's bout with testicular cancer.
The Armstrongs say they will meet the challenge of working through their issues with determination and dedication -- as they have other challenges they've faced.
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