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. davecu

    The man has chosen not to fight the allegations, which after so much negativity I can understand.
    He has chosen to walk away from the charity he started and sunk so much of himself into, for the charity's well being.

    None can prove the allegations or their would have been criminal charges.
    Did he cheat? I don't know.
    Is he fed up with fighting? OH YES!!!

    If it can be proven, prove it. If not go away!

    November 12, 2012 at 12:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • WakeUp

      Denial. It's not a river in Egypt.

      November 12, 2012 at 12:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • jason

      head,meet sand.

      November 12, 2012 at 12:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • Max

      You are absolutely right davecu and I have said the same thing all along. He has been hounded relentlessly for years and won at every stage of the fight. Now he says I am done fighting and guilt is assumed and never proven. God bless Lance and his foundation.

      November 12, 2012 at 1:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • Inkblot

      The man finish 22nd in the Tour some 10+ years since he won his first. So in some all 10 years not one time did a test say" HE is USING!!!!" That is hard to belive. Some say that people were threaten to keep there mouth shut... Hard to belve 10 years of people could do that too. If they did keep there mouth shut way open it now when all it is doing is hurting an organization that is raising million to fight cancer... Some people need to learn when to contuine to keep there mouth shut... By they way... Are all these so called witnesses that made a fortune off of Lance going to give alll the made back too?

      November 12, 2012 at 1:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ron

      Davecu,

      Is there nothing on this green earth that might convince you to possibly, oh, I don't know...

      READ THE REPORT?

      November 12, 2012 at 3:22 pm | Report abuse |
  2. NorCalMojo

    They're all doing it and the tests can't catch them. It's not just cycling, it's all professional sports. Any prosecution is going to be arbitrary and rooted in politics.

    This whole witch hunt is a joke.

    November 12, 2012 at 12:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • Raphael

      No, they are not all doing it. That is a naive rationalization.

      November 12, 2012 at 12:57 pm | Report abuse |
  3. pinkfloyd43

    This guy has done 100 times more good than bad but with society the way it is today everyone always thinks of the bad. Thanks media for that. Our society, US, is going to hell and if you don't think so take a look at what we see all the time, news that is ALWAYS TRAGIC! Very little on good things that happen, which by the way is much more than the bad. All the individuals jumping on the BAD LANCE bandwagon are simply sheep following something?

    November 12, 2012 at 12:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • Loke

      Poor pinkfloyd43 – we can all hear that you are very upset about not being able to wear your favorite "Lance – my hero" t- shirt any more. Here's some warm milk and honey, now go back to bed sweetie! And tomorrow we will have the media just write about unicorns and butterflies.

      November 12, 2012 at 12:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ron

      PinkFloyd43–

      Have you READ THE REPORT?

      November 12, 2012 at 3:12 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Toast n Butter

    Let the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency donate the next $7 Million

    November 12, 2012 at 12:47 pm | Report abuse |
  5. FoldingCouch

    That's what you get for being an Athiest in America.

    November 12, 2012 at 12:49 pm | Report abuse |
  6. patrick horan

    Lance used to be my hero. iam so ashamed for him, but i will still wear my livestrong bracelet because whatever he has done to tarnish himself and cycling in general, the cause is still the most important in all of this!

    November 12, 2012 at 12:51 pm | Report abuse |
  7. TvNyC

    But who cares the world is ending anyway.

    November 12, 2012 at 12:53 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Confused

    I have a quick question…Why isn’t Armstrong facing criminal charges related to fraud or alternately when will he be? Cycling is a business from which he amassed a great deal of money via winnings, endorsements, book sales, and public appearances, yet at the base of all of it was the fact that he was using a banned substance in order to succeed, and also denying those who weren’t cheating the opportunity to do so. Put simply he defrauded his sponsors, the organizers of all the races he competed in, the buyers of his products and his books. If you cheat in any other form of business you’re liable for criminal prosecution I believe. Cheat on the stock exchange you go to jail, bribe a public official you go to jail, unfairly complete in fact in any other form of business then you face criminal charges. So when is he going to be prosecuted for fraud?

    November 12, 2012 at 12:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • N. Unya Bbwaqs

      Dear Confused,

      Maybe I can help: A quick question is one that takes no more than three words to ask and two words to answer. An example of a quick question is: “Who doped?” To which one could reply, “Lance.” See? That’s a quick question. What you've posed woefully fails to meet the “quick question” criteria by exceeding the allowable word count by 12. Can you rephrase your question so that we don’t feel like you've intentionally tried to sucker us into answering a long question?

      November 13, 2012 at 5:08 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Kim

    Lance, Now is the time to give your life to Jesus;He can turn all this situation around for His glory
    as you change to be like Him. Please know that the Lord waits for you with open arms to love
    you and He shed a drop of blood for you on the cross.

    November 12, 2012 at 12:56 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Terry In San Diego

    The only man I know (personally) who had testicular cancer was a bodybuilder who abused steroids. I think Lance self-medicated his way to cancer, then self-medicated his way to a global brand. Doesn't deserve any respect or adulation.

    November 12, 2012 at 12:56 pm | Report abuse |
  11. woops

    theres a very powerful group of people in this country that hate other's success.

    November 12, 2012 at 12:57 pm | Report abuse |
  12. David

    The question that begs to be answered. Did Livestorng benefit more because of Lance. Or did Lance benefit more because of Livestrong?

    November 12, 2012 at 12:59 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Sportsrunonjuice

    The U.S. Anti-Doping Agency found nothing out, they were handed everything on a silver platter. They are too stupid to monitor cycling and should disband as a result. 10 years after the fact they 'found' overwhelming evidence .... right. The sport is saturated with doping or it would never have been close with Lance and the rest of the top cyclists.

    Great job guys, see you in 10 years when you 'find' something on Sagan.

    November 12, 2012 at 1:00 pm | Report abuse |
  14. weasel

    Armstrong=Obama=Con Man.

    November 12, 2012 at 1:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • The Real Tom Paine

      weasel=pointless existance

      Get a life.

      November 12, 2012 at 1:06 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Kevin

    There will be a portion of respondents that no matter if Lance was holding the smoking gun and claimed to have shot the weapon would continue to give him a pass...they can explain away anything.

    November 12, 2012 at 1:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • User-301

      Because of Lance Armstrong, I now own 12 road bikes, ride 4 times a week when sunny and twice a week in the winter. I feel great, The Doc says I am as healthy as can be and I give most of my credit and motivational spirit to Armstrong. Lance is not larger than cancer but what he did on the road in all of the Tours goes far beyond the cure for cancer. Get your bike grounded to the pavement at 40 mph on a nice summer day and ride for about 50 miles. It is then you will know what I am talking about.

      November 12, 2012 at 1:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bumnsun

      Dude, we dont care. They all cheated.

      November 12, 2012 at 1:24 pm | Report abuse |
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