• Lance Armstrong at the Ride the Rockies event on June 12, 2016. (Getty)Source: Getty
Lance Armstrong has cited legal reasons for his decision to withdraw from a question-and-answer session in Ireland.
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21 Oct 2016 - 12:17 PM  UPDATED 21 Oct 2016 - 2:00 PM

Renowned podcaster Lance Armstrong (and seven-time Tour de France winner) has pulled out of a much-hyped interview before an audience in Ireland, citing legal reasons, organisers have said.

He was due to appear at the sports and technology conference in Dublin on Friday.

An on-stage interview at the widely publicised ticket-only event in the Irish capital's RDS arena was to be followed by a 45-minute question and answer session open to the crowd.

However, organisers One Zero said Armstrong cancelled with less than 24 hours to go on the advice of his legal team, due to an upcoming court case brought against him on behalf of the US Postal Service

"We are extremely disappointed that Armstrong has withdrawn at the last minute from appearing at One Zero," Rob Hartnett, of One Zero, said: 

"He has let us down, he has let his fans down and he has let down those that wanted to hear him openly discuss his past and the future of sport."

One Zero said Armstrong had been contracted to speak at the event since August.

In a statement on Thursday evening, they said they were "acutely aware" of the pending legal case and addressed the issue during negotiations "some months back".

Armstrong, did a broadcast interview with an Irish radio station earlier this month.