The foundation that Lance Armstrong created to inform and support cancer patients and their families officially dropped his identity from its name this week. Although it had become known as the LIVESTRONG Foundation in recent years, the actual name was still the Lance Armstrong Foundation. Now, when you go to the Livestrong.org website, you’ll see …
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[Postscript: Oct. 23, 2012 — Lance Armstrong removed “7-time Tour de France winner” from his Twitter bio.] Officials for the governing body of cycling say they agree that Lance Armstrong cheated by using performance-enhancing drugs during his career and they won’t challenge the sanctions against him. The Union Cycliste Internationale came to the conclusion after …
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Athletic shoe and clothing marketer Nike announced on Wednesday it is ending its contract with Lance Armstrong, the same day that the embattled former pro cyclist announced he was stepping down as chairman of Livestrong. Armstrong business partners Trek and Anheuser-Busch soon followed suit.
The announcements come a week after the USADA disclosed the details of its doping case against the one-time Tour de France champion and stripped him of his 7 titles.
Nike, a longtime supporter of Armstrong and the Livestrong foundation, had stood by him over the years. The company even issued assurances last month …
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Belgian pro cycling team Omega Pharma Quickstep fired decorated US pro cyclist Levi Leipheimer on Tuesday for his connection with the Lance Armstrong doping scandal. In the investigation by the USADA into doping by members of the US Postal Service pro cycling team, Leipheimer admitted in testimony that he had used illegal performance-enhancing drugs during …
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The director of the Tour de France says that doping was so rampant during the Lance Armstrong era that probably no one would be awarded those 7 championships. “When you read the USADA report, you can’t be indifferent. .. It depicts an era and a system which are forever soiled. The best solution is to …
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Update: If you’re interested in reading the Reasoned Decision offered by the US Anti-Doping Association against Lance Armstrong, the 202-page document is available here at the USADA website. Testimony and other documents are available at US Postal Service Pro Cycling Team Investigation.
One of the unfortunate sidelights in the Lance Armstrong doping affair is the number of pro cyclists whose careers have been tainted by their association with the former 7-time Tour de France winner.
The US Anti-Doping Association released details of its 1,000-page report on its case against Armstrong on Wednesday. It includes testimony for 26 individuals of whom 15 are cyclists, 11 of them former members of the Postal Service team.
Six of those received six-month suspensions stemming from their testimony, confirming why none of them competed in the London Olympics. Those cyclists and their most recent teams are …
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In the month since Lance Armstrong said “enough is enough” and dropped his fight against the US Anti-Doping Agency’s case against him, there have been some interesting sidebars stemming from the case.
As Hunter Thompson once wrote: “When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro.”
Given Armstrong’s celebrity status and past achievements (which have been dismissed), it’s no wonder this story refuses to die. Here are some stories that have struck me in the past month:
Death threats against Tom Tygart — …
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Armstrong says ‘enough is enough’ — won’t fight doping charges; USADA says it will strip him of Tour de France titles
Lance Armstrong dropped his fight on Thursday night against the doping charges lodged in June by the US Anti-Doping Agency.
He did so without admitting to the allegations that he used banned substances and improper methods to gain an edge in the sport of cycling to win an unprecedented seven Tours de France.
Although his attorney wrote a letter to USADA that it cannot “retroactively punish” Armstrong, the loss of his seven Tour de France championships is a very real possibility. ….
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Lance Armstrong’s court battle to prevent the US Anti-Doping Agency from pursuing its doping charges against him isn’t the only news in the world of doping this week.
Garmin Sharp manager Jonathan Vaughters admitted in a New York Times op-ed piece to taking performance-enhancing drugs during the cycling career, and cyclist Tyler Hamilton lost his 2004 gold medal because of doping.
The common thread for all these stories is that all the players rode for the US Postal Service team at one time or another.
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Update: July 11, 2012 — Attorneys for Lance Armstrong refiled an edited version of the federal suit against USADA that was rejected by the judge. The suit claims: — USADA doesn’t have the right to charge Armstrong; — USADA doesn’t have the right to force Armstrong to arbitration; — USADA violates his constitutional rights and …
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