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. GetReal

    "Idolizing" perhaps

    November 12, 2012 at 1:35 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Rae Ann Pointer

    The white Barry Bonds.

    November 12, 2012 at 1:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • Cheater

      The only difference is everyone jumped shipped once Bonds was exposed yet Armstrong still has blind sheeple supporting him.

      November 12, 2012 at 1:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • charlie

      all bond's got was an asterik for punishment

      November 12, 2012 at 1:40 pm | Report abuse |
  3. PBA

    Lance Armstrong is a prime example of everything that is wrong with sport in this country. Absolute disgrace.

    November 12, 2012 at 1:38 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Jim

    I don't know. If the man is innocent (as he says he is) why stop doing and promoting such a great cause. To me, this just reinforces the fact that he is not innocent and cheated (just like all cyclists do).

    November 12, 2012 at 1:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ron

      Jim,

      You are correct, he'd fight on if he could, but importantly there isn't a "maybe he did, maybe he didn't" situation going on here.

      Before the report, there definitely was.

      Since the report was published, there almost certainly is not.

      In reading the entire report, it becomes inconceivable that the man could not admit his guilt in the wake of it.

      He is incontrovertably nailed.

      It was a good ruse, for a long time, and the "I've never failed a test" line worked very well for years. Any shred of doubt that Armstrong could generate, he did so effectively.

      This report blew it all to smithereens.

      It really did.

      November 12, 2012 at 3:48 pm | Report abuse |
  5. handzcats

    I used to admired his persistence in the races after cancer, but not cheating in the games. It's just a big shame.

    November 12, 2012 at 1:39 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Patines

    So much hypocrisy!! The world is full of cheaters.

    November 12, 2012 at 1:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • handzcats

      It doesn't imply everyone has the right to cheat.

      November 12, 2012 at 3:00 pm | Report abuse |
  7. yo

    doping increases rate of testicular cancer

    November 12, 2012 at 1:41 pm | Report abuse |
  8. fox

    would someone pleaese tell me what the "overwhelming" evidence is please . And please no hear say crap

    thank you.

    November 12, 2012 at 1:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • Loke

      Read the freaking report!!!

      November 12, 2012 at 1:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • GM1953

      you don't seem to know the difference between witnesses and hearsay.

      November 12, 2012 at 1:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • BSAlert

      His 1999, 2000, and 2001 samples tested overwhelmingly positive with the new EPO tests. In 2005 he was unable to beat the new EPO test. His hematocrit in 2005 on the eve of his race was impossibly high – and there was evidence of blood transfusion. UCI still let him compete and covered it up. And we know why- he paid them millions to make sure they did and there are financial records he did.

      November 12, 2012 at 2:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ron

      Read the report. It's really easy to find online.

      I cannot, for the life of me, see how people who have not read the report actually think they can have an opinion on this.

      November 12, 2012 at 4:04 pm | Report abuse |
  9. chuhi

    who cares.......

    November 12, 2012 at 1:42 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Kareen

    Lance Armstrong is no Hero, he is a CHEAT

    November 12, 2012 at 1:43 pm | Report abuse |
  11. serious?

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    November 12, 2012 at 1:50 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Dan

    The cheating so was successful that they had no evidence and he passed every test. That doesn't sound like cheating.

    November 12, 2012 at 1:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • tom

      He didn't pass every test. He failed several that were never publicized according to multiple reports – just like Marion Jones, Arod, Barry Bonds, etc, etc, etc

      November 12, 2012 at 2:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • BSAlert

      Which world are you living in? His 1999, 2000, and 2001 samples tested overwhelmingly positive with the new EPO tests. In 2005 he was unable to beat the new EPO test. UCI covered it up. And we know why- he paid them millions to make sure they did. True, he should be indicted and tried in court of law so that all this can be "proved". But the evidence is there. You are just not willing to let go the hero-worship.

      November 12, 2012 at 2:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rob

      It never ceases to amaze me how fans of their favorite celebrity star athletes have the unending ability to distort what logic tells them. Armstrong was a FRAUD at the highest level....and there's a boatload of incriminating evidence against him. Athletes have been skirting the Dope Tests for decades. It's fairly easy to do....and Armstrong used every trick in the book. He's a charlatan, a fraud and an imposter. His legacy is ruined....forever.

      November 12, 2012 at 2:15 pm | Report abuse |
  13. hoofleau

    Leave Lance alone, quit messing with him. He is a survivor. What wouldn't you take to increase your stamina if you have cancer?

    November 12, 2012 at 1:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • BigBears

      Do not do bicecycle racing

      November 12, 2012 at 2:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • BigBears

      I meant bicycle racing

      November 12, 2012 at 2:07 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Kargy

    Im amazed by the posts on here. He has still yet to be proven guilty but in the eye's of us he is guilty before proven so. I am ashamed to see what we have turned into. You all should be ashamed of your selves. I hope you teach your children to not jump on band wagons like you all have done.

    November 12, 2012 at 1:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • toby

      I am ashamed there are still people like you who defend Lance the cheat. Overwhelming evidence...26 people testifying against him including close friend Hincapie and we still have people like you who defend cheats.

      November 12, 2012 at 2:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • tacobights

      there is lots of evidence and long history

      November 12, 2012 at 2:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • James

      There is overwhelming evidence against Armstrong. For true believers no evidence will amount to proof, but for any rational, objective person, the evidence is beyond reasonable doubt.

      November 12, 2012 at 2:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • iron mike

      he was proven guilty. he had the opportunity to defend himself, refused to and was found guilty. which part confuses you?

      November 12, 2012 at 2:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • eric

      And I'm very sure that when the "allegations" for Barry bonds came out BEFORE he went to trial...you posted this same comment...I don't need to tell my kids anything...i watch sports for entertainment... I'm not going to have my kids worship people they see for 1- 3 hours a week on TV when there is 24 hours of the day and most of which they are with me. I set the example ..not some one who can dunk, hit a ball, or ride a bike...if anything I'll have my kids be on the lookout for people like you...naive and unassuming

      November 12, 2012 at 2:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • GianCarlo

      With all do respect. You are acting like the Republicans losing the presidential race. Still in denial. Wake up, smell the coffee.

      November 12, 2012 at 2:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ron

      Please read the report. Really, read it.

      Read it before you say others are jumping on bandwagons.

      You can say his doping is not important to you, or not relevent to his place as a cancer survivor or role model, etc. etc. But as far as his guilt or innocence on the issue of doping and lying about it repeatedly, you cannot say he is innocent unless you have actually read the report. And understand it.

      If you read the report, and have the capacity to understand it, you'll see that the evidence is not just hearsay from a few detractors, or noise from haters.

      The report is thick and redundant with findings that–at their mildest, with everything that's even slightly questionable discounted or omitted–establish the man's guilt beyond any reasonable doubt.

      Meaning, the findings redundantly establish his guilt in repeatedly doping, enlisting others to dope, creating and maintaining complex networks and mechanisms to avoid detection, and lying about his actions.

      They establish this doubt beyond any reasonable doubt.

      Seriously.

      Read the report.

      I read the report. All of it. Including the affadavits in the appendices.

      Do the same before you form an opinion on his guilt or innocence.

      Otherwise you have no opinion.

      Or, more correctly, your actual opinion should be stated like this: "I don't care what evidence exists, or what the facts really are concerning Lance Armstrong. I simply believe he's innocent, and will not expose myself to any information that will contradict that."

      November 12, 2012 at 2:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • NoName

      There is overwhelming evidence, including positive EPO tests that have been undeniably proven to be Lance's urine and Lance said his urine samples were tampered with – the Lab has no way of knowing whose urine is whose – they don't receive any personal information of the samples they receive – it is coded by numbers and they get sent to multiple labs, not just one lab. If you watch the Investigative Report and read the written reports, you would have to be insane to still believe he is innocent. This is exactly why he is not fighting back. He and his legal team ruined many peoples lives and working reputations of people who were trying to be whistleblowers – including doctors, lawyers, highly educated people that had nothing to gain and everything to lose. Lance kept donating millions of dollars to the very organizations that were charged with overseeing racing regulations in Europe – he has admitted that he did in fact give lots of cash to these organizations but when asked when, how much and why, he couldn't answer the questions. You can watch his testimony – it's very revealing and unbelievable that he was allowed to continue for long as he did.

      November 12, 2012 at 2:52 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Sam

    Its dumb that people makes nasty comments about Lance and they really don't have any knowledge. But they believe a government agency. How sad.

    November 12, 2012 at 1:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • tacobights

      i bet you have no knowledge either. Simply pointing out that there is always a chance that overwhelming evidence is wrong isnt really adding much.

      November 12, 2012 at 2:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ron

      Read.
      The.
      Report.

      November 12, 2012 at 3:05 pm | Report abuse |
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