Category: Lance Armstrong Watch

Armstrong returns to Australia for last non-US bike race

Lance Armstrong will return to Adelaide in January to compete in the Tour Down Under bicycle race, which he says will be his last outside the US.

The 39-year-old Texan launched his comeback at that race in 2009 after a 3-1/2 year hiatus from pro cycling.

In a statement, Armstrong said:

“I’m excited to be competing in my last professional ride outside the U.S. at the Tour Down Under. It will be my third time …

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Matt Damon to narrate Lance Armstrong cycling documentary

Actor Matt Damon, left, has long been mentioned as the leading candidate for a starring role in a motion picture about the life of Lance Armstrong.

But he's officially on board as narrator of the upcoming documentary about Armstrong's comeback attempt for an 8th Tour de France victory in 2009.

The film is being produced by Alex Gibney. His most recent work, “Client 9: The Rise and Fall of Eliot Spitzer,” tells about the case against former New York governor's involvement with a prostitution ring …

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Lance Armstrong is proud papa for 5th time

Cyclist Lance Armstrong and Anna Hansen announced the birth of the pair's second child, Olivia Marie Armstrong, early Monday morning.

Armstrong posted the Twitpic at left and shared her Twitter account name, @CincoArmstrong.

Last year, Armstrong and Hansen also had Maxwell Edward…

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Levi, no Lance, at Leadville 100 on Saturday

Defending champion Lance Armstrong will not return to race the Leadville 100 on Saturday, but his RadioShack teammate Levi Leipheimer will be making his debut.

Also on hand for the mountain bike race will be David Wiens, the 46-year-old winner of six Leadville 100s from 2003 to 2008.

The Leadville is one of the most storied mountain bike races. The course is 100 miles long and all takes place above the 9,000-foot level on mostly dirt and gravel back-country roads in the vicinity of Leadville, Colorado. It was the subject of last year's documentary, Race Across the Sky (left).

While many enter the event (some 1,500 registered this year) ….

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Biggest victim of Landis allegations could be LiveStrong Foundation

Cyclist on a fund-raising mission
at Seattle Livestrong Challenge

Whether Floyd Landis's accusations are true or not, this federal investigation of Lance Armstrong is going to get plenty ugly before it's resolved.

As that ugliness may tarnish Armstrong's image, what will be the effect on his crusade to fight cancer and help survivors — the Lance Armstrong Foundation? Devastating, says one expert.

The feds are looking for proof of the Landis claims that Armstrong and his teammates doped during his amazing string of 7 Tour de France victories.

Through all this, I've been wondering about the effect on Armstrong's biggest legacy outside the record books — his establishment of the LiveStrong Foundation. …..

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Armstrong will cooperate with doping probe, but not a witch hunt

As unidentified sources leaked that federal investigators are issuing grand jury subpoenas in the doping allegations raised by Floyd Landis, Lance Armstrong says he'll cooperate. He told the New York Times before the start of Stage 10 on Wednesday:

“As long as we have a legitimate and credible and fair investigation I will be happy to co-operate but I'm not going to participate in any kind of witch hunt.”

Meanwhile, some inconsistent statements by Armstrong are throwing into question whether he held an ownership stake in Tailwind Sports. That's the group that owned the cycling team sponsored by the U.S. Postal Service.

Ownership is important because the feds want to find out whether the team was violating UCI doping rules to improve results, therefore gaining more money from the sponsors. That would make it fraud. ….

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RadioShack finally can celebrate at Tour de France

Team RadioShack finally has something to crow about after domestique Sergio Paulinho won Stage 10 of the Tour de France on Wednesday.

The Portuguese cyclist was part of a 6-man breakaway that led most of the 111-mile race from Chambery to Gap over four climbs.

Andy Schleck remained in the yellow jersey, as the rest of the peloton finished about 15 minutes later, content to hear whether one of the two Frenchmen in the breakaway could win on Bastille Day. Neither could.

The 30-year-old Paulinho is an unlikely hero for the RadioShack team, but with Lance Armstrong locked in 31st ….

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Bicycle quote: Lance Armstrong's Tour de France

“Lance lost this Tour for bad luck. Physically, there’s no reason to believe that he couldn’t have been competitive in this Tour. He came to this Tour in good shape with real ambitions to win. We knew it wouldn’t be easy for him to win this Tour, but we came here with that as a goal. Even today we saw Contador not as strong as he was last year. Today we simply didn’t have the luck.”

— Johan Bruyneel, team manager for Radio Shack, talking about Lance Armstrong's crashes at the 2010 Tour de France in an interview with Andrew Hood at VeloNews …..

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Bad, bad day for Lance Armstrong as Evans leads Tour de France

The mountain-top finish at Morzine-Avoriaz will be remembered in Tour de France history as the place where Lance Armstrong's chances to achieve another championship appeared doomed and Alberto Contador showed he was beatable.

Andy Schleck had the strongest legs at the end of the 117-mile stage that included two Alpine summits as he beat Samuel Sanchez in a two-man sprint to the finish. Cadel Evans, left, and Alberto Contador were unable to match Schleck's final kick to the finish, although Evans did gain the yellow jersey for the first time at this Tour de France.

Seven-time Tour de France champion Armstrong didn't take part in this battle, however. He was some 10 minutes down the mountain after getting caught in three crashes. He was just trying to put one of the worst days in his cycling career behind him. He Twittered after the race….

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Stage 7 victory puts Chavanel back in yellow at Tour de France

France's Sylvain Chavanel regained the yellow jersey at the Tour de France on Saturday while former leader Fabian Cancellara cracked as the peloton entered the foothills of the Alps.

Chavanel won the 102-mile stage from Tournus to Station des Rousses and took the lead, jumping from 5th place overall to 1:25 ahead of the nearest challenger, Australia's Cadel Evans.

Lance Armstrong, Alberto Contador and the other major contenders for this year's championship finished in a select group 1-minute 47 seconds behind Chavanel. Although Armstrong dropped from 2:30 to 3:16 behind the first place rider, he remained 50 seconds behind his rival, Contador.

The peloton faces its first major mountain stage on Sunday …

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