Lance Armstrong's rise and fall
November 12th, 2012
11:20 AM ET

Lance Armstrong quits Livestrong entirely

Lance Armstrong has quit the board of his namesake foundation - the latest fallout from allegations of doping that brought about the cycling icon's epic downfall.

He chose to resign from the Lance Armstrong Foundation - known by the name Livestrong - "to spare the organization any negative effects as a result of controversy surrounding his cycling career," according to a statement by Jeff Garvey, the foundation's chairman.

"We are deeply grateful to Lance for creating a cause that has served millions of cancer survivors and their families. We are beholden to the Armstrong family for the nearly $7 million in contributions throughout the foundation’s history. Lance Armstrong was instrumental in changing the way the world views people affected by cancer."

Armstrong previously gave up his position as chairman in the wake of the growing scandal, but said he would remain involved.

Although the Tour de France has revoked the seven victories that made him a legend, Armstrong tweeted a photo over the weekend showing himself lounging on a sofa beneath the seven prized yellow jerseys.

He has long insisted he did not cheat, and attacked those who accused him of using illegal substances.  But the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency found "overwhelming" evidence that he was involved in "the most sophisticated, professionalized and successful doping program."

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  1. Bill

    We support his causes.

    November 12, 2012 at 11:33 am | Report abuse |
  2. Jeff Frank (R-Ohio) "Right Wing Insanity-Just Stick It In"

    I had took 2 acetominophine caplets this morning, which disqualifies me from making a legitimate comment.

    November 12, 2012 at 11:34 am | Report abuse |
    • N. Unya Bbwaqs

      "Let he who is without dope cast the first stone." And may he have a big stone, a strong arm, and a good aim.

      November 13, 2012 at 12:12 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Skeptic

    Lance Armstrong did not cheat, and Bernie Madoff did not steal.

    November 12, 2012 at 11:35 am | Report abuse |
    • Loraine


      November 12, 2012 at 11:44 am | Report abuse |
    • Dan

      There is evidence against one of them.

      November 12, 2012 at 1:53 pm | Report abuse |
  4. God

    So many of you are upset at this man who did soooo much good. I defy you all to do half as much as he did. Let he who is without sin cast the first stone....which means NONE of you!

    November 12, 2012 at 11:36 am | Report abuse |
    • Really?

      Dear god ( good song btw),

      Isn't it obvious that all of his 'good' can be undone? Whatever 'good' was done is now tarnished and unravelling. Good done deceitfully is not good. Cast stones still break glass houses...regardless of who throws them.

      November 12, 2012 at 11:46 am | Report abuse |
    • Life


      November 12, 2012 at 12:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • God

      You may feel all his good can be undone...but not in my eyes.

      November 12, 2012 at 12:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • N. Unya Bbwaqs

      A good pair of readers might help you out with that.

      November 13, 2012 at 12:17 pm | Report abuse |
  5. jg

    Why is it we hear the most obscene and preposterous allegations, yet we never hear how, L.A. was able to pull this off with the assistance of other American cyclists...over a more than a 10 year period.
    Why is it the media in their not so infinite wisdom, why don't they conduct a full scale investigation to actually prove that all of this is true. I mean, how do we know it's true??? And everyone just accepts it, just believes it without seeing not one shred of evidence.

    November 12, 2012 at 11:38 am | Report abuse |
    • Greg

      It is because the media has never been interested in the truth! They print whatever they believe will sell and the truth does not sell well. It is a total shame that a great foundation such as Live Strong will be harmed along with all those cancer patients that have and would have continued to benefit. Whether LA cheated or not is irrelevant in that sport. The reality is that all were doping during, before and after LA won 7 Tour de France events. Had he not won, not one person would be looking at him! If virtually every cyclist was doping (no proof that LA did, only inuendo), then how is it he or anyone else had an unfair advantage? And as far as Greg LeMond goes, he is jealous as hell of what Lance did because LA made him irrelevant. And you don't think GL doped? Wake up!

      November 12, 2012 at 11:46 am | Report abuse |
  6. Charles

    Nate Armstrong is and always be a cycling champion.

    November 12, 2012 at 11:40 am | Report abuse |
  7. BuckUpUS

    Yesterday is gone. Forget about it. And tomorrow may never come. Live for today. Let this go. Geez

    November 12, 2012 at 11:40 am | Report abuse |
  8. Rascal Rabble

    armstrong used the wrong strong...try saying that 5 times really fast...

    November 12, 2012 at 11:40 am | Report abuse |
  9. Jeff Frank (R-Ohio) "Right Wing Insanity-Just Stick It In"

    See? Can't even spell "acetominophin". Stupid idiot. Nut job.

    November 12, 2012 at 11:40 am | Report abuse |
  10. does it really matter

    Why are we so consumed with chasing and finding fault with others? I'm sure someone will say "it influences our kids and they need to see that it's wrong..." I'm a parent and if something isn't right I simply talk with my children that it's not right behavior and not ethical – leave it at that. Can't the media simply move on and leave him alone? I don't understand the witch-hunt mentality. How about focusing energy making examples out of people who are intentionally hurting others? I'm sort of sick of seeing headline news about doping. Get over it.

    November 12, 2012 at 11:43 am | Report abuse |
  11. Penny Wright

    Maybe doctors should try to blood dope cancer patients.

    It seems to have worked for Armstrong.

    November 12, 2012 at 11:46 am | Report abuse |
    • miles

      I loved this one. You rock.

      November 12, 2012 at 11:54 am | Report abuse |
    • Indiana Jones

      i think penny found a penny on the ground...but we will never find this holy grail, the lost ark for lance says he never dope...

      November 12, 2012 at 11:54 am | Report abuse |
  12. Jeff Frank (R-Ohio) "Right Wing Insanity-Just Stick It In"

    They need a United States para-Olympics for dopers, where you have to take sh!t to qualify (excluding residents of CO, WA).

    November 12, 2012 at 11:51 am | Report abuse |
  13. Rabbit

    A story based on evidence we have not seen. A story we are asked to believe because the media would not print any falsehoods about anything or anyone. The news media is about making money and care not about the TRUTH.
    Where is the PROOF?

    November 12, 2012 at 11:52 am | Report abuse |
    • Penny Wright

      11 sworn statements from Lance's team.

      November 12, 2012 at 11:56 am | Report abuse |
    • Tommy

      If you committed a murder and 14 different people saw it, what more proof do you need?

      November 12, 2012 at 11:58 am | Report abuse |
  14. columbus

    Whether or not he actually was doping, he was no doubt NOT the only one. Why isn't the association after everyone in the sport? He is definitely going to be the example, but completely crushing the guy while there's still problems in the sport, is just vengeful?

    November 12, 2012 at 11:54 am | Report abuse |
  15. GolfFan

    This is one of the more pointless witch hunts of all time. The entire sport was doping, and they can't even figure out who the actual winner should be. With a playing field that level, doesnt it make sense to keep the results in place, and take the hard line in the future? Do the trophy's go back to the "house"? They should go after every winner as hard as they've gone after Lance.

    November 12, 2012 at 11:54 am | Report abuse |
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