Lance Armstrong will be otherwise occupied during this year’s Tour de France in July.
The seven-time Tour champ will host the 14th annual ESPY Awards, to be held July 16 in support of the V Foundation for Cancer Research and, as a first, the Lance Armstrong Foundation, officials for ESPY have announced.
Armstrong, 34, is the first athlete to host the ceremony – which recognizes leading sports performances and athletes – though he has plenty of ESPY experience. He has been named best comeback athlete in 2000, best male athlete the last three years and is considered a likely contender to be nominated this year for his final Tour de France victory.
Regarding the medical groups’ sponsorship of the show, Armstrong is a survivor of testicular cancer. He also spoke out this weekend after it was announced that his former fianc e, singer Sheryl Crow, 43, underwent surgery for breast cancer on Wednesday.
In a statement released to PEOPLE, Armstrong, said, “I was devastated to hear this news. Once again I’m reminded of just how pervasive this illness is as it has now touched someone I love deeply.”