Armstrong leads charity bike tour in Ohio

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Seven-time Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong kicked off a charity bike tour in Ohio.

Armstrong led over 2,200 riders Saturday from Columbus to Athens and points in between in the inaugural Pelotonia Tour for cancer. Before riders took off at 7:27 a.m., Armstrong told them he was riding as a cancer survivor and not "as a guy who rides in bike races."

Riders began their voyage by riding past Ohio State University and the Ohio Statehouse in downtown Columbus behind a police motorcycle escort.

The ride is expected to raise up to $4.5 million for Ohio State's Comprehensive Cancer Clinic.