Lance Armstrong

American professional road racing cyclist Lance Armstrong

Lance Edward Armstrong is an American former professional road racing cyclist. Armstrong had won the Tour de France a record seven consecutive times between 1999 and 2005, before being disqualified from those races and banned from cycling for life for doping offenses by the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) in 2012.
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Lance Armstrong: 'A man with no platform is a lost man'
CNN - 7 months
It has been described as the guilty pleasure of this year's Tour de France, arguably the race's greatest villain waxing lyrical about the race he once dominated for so long.
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Sports of The Times: Tour de France Analysis From Its Most Infamous Rider: Lance Armstrong
NYTimes - 7 months
Love him or loathe him, Armstrong’s race commentary is informed and honest and sometimes witty.
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Why Bill O'Reilly's Fall From Grace Is Particularly Dramatic
Huffington Post - 10 months
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Why Do Trump Voters Believe His Lies? It's Not Because They're Stupid
Huffington Post - 11 months
The cornerstones of President Trump’s campaign were promises to appeal Obamacare and ban Muslims from the US. It took Trump less than 70 days to fail on both promises. And yet, despite his epic fails, lies and incompetence, Trump’s base supports him like they’re spanx and he’s Marie Osmond. What explains this loyalty? Science has the answer. Have a look at this puzzle. Which drawing best illustrates the correct mechanics and structure of a bicycle? How you answer will help explain the loyalty of Trump voters. I’ll explain in just a bit. But first… By any measure, much of the media and half the country think Donald Trump is the living embodiment of Montezuma’s Revenge – which has got to make Trump mad, given his hatred of Mexicans. And yet, the other half thinks he’s Jesus. What I wanted to know is… WTF!? How can two people look at President Trump and have such polar opposite observations? To find out, I conducted an experiment. I set up a fake account and joi...
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Government Sues Lance Armstrong, Wants $100 Million
NPR - 12 months
NPR's Lulu Garcia-Navarro talks to New York Times sportswriter Juliet Macur about the government's lawsuit against cyclist Lance Armstrong, which now goes to a jury trial.
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Lance Armstrong to head to court in US suit
Yahoo News - about 1 year
A judge on Monday cleared the way for the doping-disgraced cycling icon Lance Armstrong to go to court, saying the US authorities' allegations against him merited trial. The US Justice Department is seeking nearly $100 million in damages from Armstrong, charging that he cheated the government when the US Postal Service sponsored the team he led. The decision by US District Judge Christopher Cooper, in Washington, DC, comes as a major blow to Armstrong, who had requested the case be thrown out.
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Novitzky says UFC anti-doping program tough but effective
Yahoo News - about 1 year
By Philip O'Connor STOCKHOLM (Reuters) - The Ultimate Fighting Championship's 18-month-old anti-doping program may be making waves but its designer Jeff Novitzky, who came to prominence chasing high-profile drug cheats like cyclist Lance Armstrong and sprinter Marion Jones, says it is definitely helping clean up the sport. The UFC will host its first title fight of 2017 at UFC 208 in Denver on Saturday, with former bantamweight champ Holly Holm meeting Germaine de Randamie to decide who becomes the organization's first women's featherweight champion. Justino joins a growing list of big-name fighters like Jon "Bones" Jones and Brock Lesnar - both former title-holders - who have fallen foul of Novitzky's new program, which is administered by the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA).
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Team Sky, Lance Armstrong deny secret motor cheating: report
Yahoo News - about 1 year
Team Sky, which has produced four of the past five Tour de France champions, and doping-disgraced Lance Armstrong denied using secret motors in bicycles, a CBS television report said Sunday. A segment on the show "60 Minutes" examined the possibility of motorized cheating in pro cycling with three-time Tour de France winner Greg LeMond, admitted dope cheat ex-rider Tyler Hamilton and Hungarian designer Istvan Varjas, who makes hidden motors for bikes, saying they believe such cheating exists.
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LeMond, engineer say cheats use secret motors
Yahoo News - about 1 year
A Hungarian designer of a secret bicycle motor says he thinks pro cyclists have used them to cheat since 1998 and US cycling legend Greg LeMond says he can't trust Tour de France results. Both were interviewed by the CBS television news show "60 Minutes" for a segment to be telecast Sunday where designer Istvan Varjas, a scientist and former cyclist, outlines mechanical cheating methods in a sport already rocked by infamous doping scandals, notably by disgraced US rider Lance Armstrong. Three-time Tour de France winner LeMond wants greater testing for motors by cycling officials.
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New Zealanders join Lance Armstrong in early morning ride
Yahoo News - about 1 year
Several hundred cyclists turned out Tuesday for an early morning ride with Lance Armstrong, who is in New Zealand to film a commercial for a local brewery. Armstrong told the New Zealand Herald newspaper that he was glad to know he still has some support. New Zealand's Lion Breweries has confirmed it brought the 45-year-old Texan to New Zealand.
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Donald Trump Effigy Burns In England As Part Of Bonfire Night Celebrations
Huffington Post - over 1 year
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Why This Austrian Designer Reads About Lance Armstrong And Elon Musk
Huffington Post - over 1 year
Matthias Mentasti is an art director based in Vienna, Austria. Image credit: Awwwards. Matthias Mentasti is an art director and co-founder at WILD, an interactive production agency based in Vienna, Austria. He's also a judge at the FWA, an award organization showcasing innovation every day since 2000. I've asked him to share books that inspired him the most in life and career. Matthias reads not only design-related books but also about world class athletes and tech visionaries to live big and do what makes him happy. It's Not About the Bike: My Journey Back to Life by Lance Armstrong Just forget the fact that he was/is a cheater for a moment (no one knew at the time) Lance Armstrong did something incredible. He screwed death and dedicated his life to become a legend. He was a hero not only because he won the Tour de France seven times, but also because he lived a "pain is temporary, quitting lasts forever" lifestyle. But yes, he was cheating... not cool, bro! ...
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Cycling's whistleblower: Sports may never be fully clean
Yahoo News - over 1 year
One of the most high-profile whistleblowers on the international anti-doping front believes cycling's problems could linger for another decade or more and isn't sure sports will ever reach a point where clean competition is guaranteed. Frankie Andreu, who blew the whistle on teammate Lance Armstrong years before Armstrong was stripped of his seven Tour de France titles, said cheating goes on in every corner of society and that sports should hope for continued strengthening of anti-doping programs to keep cheating at a minimum. In an interview with the World Anti-Doping Agency, Andreu lauded both WADA and the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency for trying to provide safe haven for whistleblowers to speak out when they see cheating.
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16 Of The Longest Suspensions In Sports History
Yahoo News - over 1 year
Performance-enhancing drugs and gambling have derailed a handful of great careers.Keywords: Suspension, Ban, NFL, MLB, NBA, Tennis, Maria Sharapova, Alex Rodriguez, Ron Artest, Lance Armstrong, Black Sox, Ryan Braun, Luis Suarez
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Armstrong to join cyclists honoring 5 killed in Michigan
Yahoo News - over 1 year
Lance Armstrong plans to be in Kalamazoo for a ''Finishing the Ride'' event in honor of the five cyclists killed when they were hit by a pickup truck. Armstrong said he couldn't believe it when he heard about the collision on June 7 in Kalamazoo County's Cooper Township, 160 miles from Chicago, that also left four others injured. Armstrong plans to join Kalamazoo-area cyclists in a 28.5-mile ride Tuesday from Kalamazoo to Plainwell and back.
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Lance Armstrong asking judge to end government lawsuit
Yahoo News - almost 2 years
Lance Armstrong has asked a federal judge to end a lawsuit against him by the U.S. government that seeks to recover millions of dollars in sponsorship money the U.S. Postal Service paid to his cycling teams. Armstrong's motion for summary judgment filed Wednesday in federal court in Washington says the case against him is ''long on speculation and hyperbole-but short on evidence and viable legal theories.'' The lawsuit alleges violations of the federal False Claims Act. It was initially filed by Armstrong's former teammate Floyd Landis.
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Lance Armstrong
    FORTIES
  • 2015
    Age 43
    On September 27, 2015, Armstrong and SCA agreed to a settlement.
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    On 4 February 2015 the arbitration panel decided 2-1 in SCA's favor and ordered Armstrong and Tailwind Sports Corp to pay SCA $10 million.
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  • 2014
    Age 42
    In June 2014, US district judge Robert Wilkins denied Armstrong's request to dismiss the government lawsuit stating "The court denies without prejudice the defendants' motion to dismiss the government's action as time-barred."
  • 2013
    Age 41
    In November 2013, Armstrong settled a lawsuit with Acceptance Insurance Company (AIC).
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    In January 2013, Justice Department officials recommended joining the federal lawsuit aimed at clawing back money from Armstrong.
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    In September 2013, he was asked by UCI's new president, Brian Cookson, to testify completely about his doping.
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    In August 2013, Armstrong and The Sunday Times reached an undisclosed settlement.
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    In February 2013, a month after Armstrong admitted to doping, rather than filing criminal charges, the Justice Department joined Landis's whistle-blower lawsuit against him, to recover government funding given to Armstrong's cycling team.
    Armstrong owns homes in Austin, Texas, and Aspen, Colorado, as well as a ranch in the Texas Hill Country. He also has become a popular Twitter user, with almost 4 million followers as of January 2013. Armstrong met Kristin Richard in June 1997. They married on May 1, 1998, and had three children. The pregnancy was possible through sperm Armstrong banked three years earlier, before chemotherapy and surgery. The couple divorced in 2003.
    After years of public denials, Armstrong reversed course and admitted doping in an interview with Oprah Winfrey in January 2013.
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    For much of his career, Armstrong faced persistent allegations of doping. Armstrong denied all such allegations until January 2013, often claiming that he never had any positive test in the drug tests he has taken over his cycling career.
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    In a 2013 interview, Armstrong confessed that some of the allegations were true.
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  • 2012
    Age 40
    The following year, in 2012, Armstrong began pursuing qualification into the 2012 Ironman World Championship.
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    In December 2012 The Sunday Times filed suit against Armstrong for $1.5 million.
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    SCA's Jeff Dorough stated that on October 30, 2012, Armstrong was sent a formal request for the return of $12m in bonuses.
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    In June 2012, the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) accused Armstrong of doping and trafficking of drugs, based on blood samples from 2009 and 2010, and testimonies from witnesses including former teammates.
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  • THIRTIES
  • 2011
    Age 39
    Armstrong announced his retirement from competitive cycling 'for good' on February 16, 2011, while still facing a US federal investigation into doping allegations.
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    He stated that after January 2011, he will race only in the U.S. with the Radioshack domestic team.
    In October, he announced the end of his international career after the Tour Down Under in January 2011.
  • 2010
    Age 38
    On June 28, Armstrong announced via Twitter that the 2010 edition would be his final Tour de France.
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    He made his European season debut at the 2010 Vuelta a Murcia finishing in seventh place overall.
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    Armstrong made his 2010 season debut at the Tour Down Under where he finished 25th out of the 127 riders who completed the race.
    RadioShack was named as the main sponsor for Armstrong's 2010 team, named Team RadioShack.
  • 2009
    Age 37
    On July 21, 2009, Armstrong announced that he would return to the Tour de France in 2010.
    Armstrong finished the 2009 Tour de France in third place overall, 5:24 behind the overall winner, his Astana teammate Alberto Contador.
    On July 7, in the fourth stage of the 2009 Tour de France, Armstrong narrowly failed to win the yellow jersey after his Astana team won the team time trial.
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    On April 10, 2009, a controversy emerged between the French anti-doping agency AFLD and Armstrong and his team manager, Johan Bruyneel, stemming from a March 17, 2009, encounter with an AFLD anti-doping official who visited Armstrong after a training ride in Beaulieu-sur-Mer.
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    He had to retire from the 2009 Vuelta a Castilla y León during the first stage after crashing in a rider pileup in Baltanás, Spain, and breaking his collarbone.
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  • 2008
    Age 36
    Australian ABC radio reported on September 24, 2008, that Armstrong would compete in the UCI Tour Down Under through Adelaide and surrounding areas in January 2009.
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    Armstrong announced on September 9, 2008, that he would return to pro cycling with the express goal of participating in the 2009 Tour de France.
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    In July 2008, Armstrong began dating Anna Hansen after meeting through Armstrong's charity work.
  • 2007
    Age 35
    Armstrong created a YouTube video in 2007 with former President George H. W. Bush to successfully pass Proposition 15, a US$3 billion taxpayer bond initiative which created the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas.
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    In March 2007, Armstrong began dating designer Tory Burch. They announced their breakup in October 2007.
  • 2006
    Age 34
    In July 2006, the Los Angeles Times published a story on the allegations raised in the SCA case.
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  • 2005
    Age 33
    Bush called Armstrong in France to congratulate him after his 2005 victory in August 2005, The Times reported the President had invited Armstrong to his Prairie Chapel Ranch to go mountain biking.
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    At Armstrong's request, his children flew to Paris for the Tour de France podium ceremony in 2005, where his son Luke helped his father hoist the trophy, while his daughters (in yellow dresses) held the stuffed lion mascot and bouquet of yellow flowers.
    On July 24, 2005, Armstrong announced his retirement from professional cycling.
    In 2005, Armstrong was beaten by American David Zabriskie in the stage 1 time trial by two seconds, despite having passed Ullrich on the road.
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  • 2004
    Age 32
    Allegations in the book were reprinted in The Sunday Times (UK) by deputy sports editor Alan English in June 2004.
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    In 2004, reporters Pierre Ballester and David Walsh published a book alleging Armstrong had used performance-enhancing drugs (L.A. Confidentiel – Les secrets de Lance Armstrong).
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    In 2004, Armstrong finished first, 6 minutes 19 seconds ahead of German Andreas Klöden.
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  • 2003
    Age 31
    Lance and Kristin Armstrong announced their divorce in 2003, the same year that Lance began dating singer-songwriter Sheryl Crow. The couple announced their engagement in September 2005 and their split in February 2006.
    The pattern returned in 2003, Armstrong taking first place and Ullrich second.
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  • 2002
    Age 30
    In 2002, Ullrich did not participate due to suspension, and Armstrong won by seven minutes over Joseba Beloki.
  • TWENTIES
  • 2001
    Age 29
    In 2001, Armstrong again took top honors, beating Ullrich by 6 minutes 44 seconds.
  • 2000
    Age 28
    Armstrong took one stage in the 2000 Tour, the second individual time trial on stage 19.
    In 2000, Ullrich and Pantani returned to challenge Armstrong.
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  • 1999
    Age 27
    Among the allegations in the book were claims by Armstrong's former soigneur Emma O'Reilly that a backdated prescription for cortisone had been produced in 1999 to avoid a positive test.
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    In 1999 he won the Tour de France, including four stages.
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  • 1998
    Age 26
    Armstrong's cycling comeback began in 1998 when he finished fourth in the Vuelta a España.
    By January 1998, Armstrong was engaged in serious training for racing, moving to Europe with the team.
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  • 1997
    Age 25
    In February 1997, he was declared cancer-free.
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  • 1996
    Age 24
    Armstrong's final chemotherapy treatment took place on December 13, 1996.
    On October 2, 1996, at age 25, Armstrong was diagnosed with stage three (advanced) testicular cancer (embryonal carcinoma).
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    Two months later, in October 1996, he was diagnosed with advanced testicular cancer.
    In August 1996 following the Leeds Classic, Armstrong signed a 2-year, $2m deal with the French Cofidis Cycling Team.
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    In the 1996 Olympic Games, he finished 6th in the time trial and 12th in the road race.
    Armstrong's successes were much the same in 1996.
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  • 1995
    Age 23
    He won the Clásica de San Sebastián in 1995, followed by an overall victory in the penultimate Tour DuPont and a handful of stage victories in Europe, including the stage to Limoges in the Tour de France, three days after the death of his teammate Fabio Casartelli, who crashed on the descent of the Col de Portet d'Aspet on the 15th stage.
  • 1994
    Age 22
    In 1994, he again won the Thrift Drug Classic and came second in the Tour DuPont in the United States.
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  • 1993
    Age 21
    In 1993, Armstrong won 10 one-day events and stage races, but his breakthrough victory was the World Road Race Championship held in Norway.
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    He had notable success between 1993 and 1996, including the World Championship in 1993, Clásica de San Sebastián in 95, Tour DuPont in 95 and 96, and a handful of stage victories in Europe, including stage 18 of the 1995 Tour de France.
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    He is the 1993 Elite Men's Road Race World Champion, and he had won the Tour de France seven consecutive times from 1999 to 2005, but was stripped of his Tour de France victories in 2012 after a protracted doping scandal.
  • 1992
    Age 20
    In 1992 Armstrong turned professional with the Motorola Cycling Team, the successor of 7-Eleven team.
  • TEENAGE
  • 1989
    Age 17
    At 16, Lance Armstrong became a professional triathlete and became national sprint-course triathlon champion in 1989 and 1990 at 18 and 19, respectively.
    At age 16, Armstrong began competing as a triathlete and was a national sprint-course triathlon champion in 1989 and 1990.
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  • 1987
    Age 15
    Armstrong's total points in 1987 as an amateur were better than those of five professionals ranked higher than he was that year.
    In the 1987–1988 Tri-Fed/Texas ("Tri-Fed" was the former name of USA Triathlon), Armstrong was ranked the number-one triathlete in the 19-and-under group; second place was Chann McRae, who became a US Postal Service cycling teammate and the 2002 USPRO national champion.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1973
    Age 1
    His parents divorced in 1973 when Lance was two.
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  • 1971
    Born
    Armstrong was born Lance Edward Gunderson on September 18, 1971, at Methodist Hospital in Plano, Texas, north of Dallas to Linda Gayle (née Mooneyham), a secretary, and Eddie Charles Gunderson, a route manager for The Dallas Morning News.
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