September 17, 2014
VENICE, Italy (AP) - Lance Armstrong has donned a pink bracelet to go with his yellow Livestrong bracelet to help earthquake victims in Italy.
Danilo Di Luca, the 2007 Giro winner and a native of the quake-hit Abruzzo region, came up with the idea. The pink bracelets bear the word "Abruzziamo" which means, "I love Abruzzo."
The bracelets will be sold along the Giro route, with proceeds going to victims' families and displaced persons. The earthquake on April 6 killed nearly 300 people and drove some 50,000 from their homes.
Armstrong posed with other riders Thursday with their new bracelets.
Race officials presented a check for $133,800 to the Abruzzo region after canceling the pre-race gala dinner.
The Giro begins Saturday in Venice and ends May 31 in Rome.
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