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. N. Unya Bbwaqs

    LEAVE BRITNEY ALOOO - I mean - LEAVE LANCE ALOOOOOOOOOOONE! LEAVE HIM ALOOOOOOOOOOOOONE!

    November 12, 2012 at 2:47 pm | Report abuse |
  2. GianCarlo

    What they need to do now is CHANGE the name of LiveStrong. It's needs to be changed so that it does not reflect the facade of cheating and scandal associated with that name.

    November 12, 2012 at 2:52 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Milo Whitaker

    The denial thing is bringing him down. If he came out with the truth he can regain his standing. The truth sets us free.

    November 12, 2012 at 2:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • rbrbndmn

      I agree but don't hold your breath waiting for Armstrong to come clean.

      November 12, 2012 at 3:00 pm | Report abuse |
  4. ImUrHandler

    Why not sever him from his bank account? Or give him cancer in the good nut he has left,(or right.) LOL just kidding, let him have what he squandered from the charities, promos, sports wear, etc He Deserves it.

    November 12, 2012 at 2:55 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Loke

    Lance didn't beat cancer – modern medicine did. And Lance didn't win the Tour – modern medicine did!

    November 12, 2012 at 3:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • desertdoc

      Obviously you've never been sick. Sometimes people just give up and die when the unpleasantness of the treatment becomes too much. Let me recommend reading the book "It's Not just about the bike" and allow yourself to get a better feel of the recovery.

      November 12, 2012 at 10:30 pm | Report abuse |
  6. usmc1999

    you sound jealous because all you do is lay around on your sofa eating Cheetos.

    November 12, 2012 at 3:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • brycan

      I like Cheetos

      November 13, 2012 at 8:12 am | Report abuse |
    • Zombie Boy

      "I like turtles....."

      November 13, 2012 at 10:29 am | Report abuse |
  7. pehole

    Hey he did test clean ........ok so he hooked his team mates up.....with so.e of the best doper doctors in the bussiness........and then his team mates turned on him make sense????????????

    November 12, 2012 at 3:20 pm | Report abuse |
  8. usmc1999

    you mean after they finally drop?

    November 12, 2012 at 3:21 pm | Report abuse |
  9. tommy

    what does this mean for nike?

    November 12, 2012 at 3:23 pm | Report abuse |
  10. t2vodka

    it is a shame he cheated, however, I still have respect for him for what he did for so many people. He has done WAY more good then he has bad. Thanks lance for your kindness. Now, find something to do without cheating and build your name back up. Your fans are disappointed, but we don't hate you.

    November 12, 2012 at 3:28 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Ax

    You're not any different than Bernie Madoff Lance except you're not in jail. Do yourself a favor and just go away.

    November 12, 2012 at 3:32 pm | Report abuse |
  12. CJ Topspin

    He created an organization that has served millions of cancer survivors and their families....but we demonize him for cheating at sport that does nothing for peoples lives. In essence he cheated at something that doesn't matter to help create something that really matters....and the public tears him down...because the general public consists of a brainwashed mass of media zombies.

    November 12, 2012 at 4:00 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Jacob

    Lance Armstrong...... History will be good to you Lance... cuz they never had evidence to prove a thing.

    November 12, 2012 at 4:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ron

      Jacob, please do yourself a favor and never read the report. Even part of it.

      Your whole crazy world will explode.

      November 12, 2012 at 4:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • Say what?

      Ron, keep believing your little world. You rather believe words of liars than having proof. Till someone has proof that he cheated, he didn't.. In our justice system, he's innocent till proven. And do far, NOBODY has

      November 12, 2012 at 4:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • Full Name

      Jacob, give it up. Actually READ the report. The evidence is overwhelming...

      November 12, 2012 at 7:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • FHTEX

      The evidence is overwhelming .

      November 12, 2012 at 8:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • oceanluvver2

      Hey Ron, the anti-doping agency has yet to publish one SINGLE report of positive results. It is all hearsay and a witch hunt. Until I see positive results in black and white, Lance has does nothing wrong. Shame on the people who have gone after him like this. Total jealousy. Who cares if he took something anyways. It is not like no one else is doing it. Live strong Lance!

      November 12, 2012 at 8:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • James

      AI you're just a fool like everyone else. Lance Armstrong stands out above everyone else, not just as a cheater but a liar. Using his position in power to blackmail and try to ruin the lives of others to spare his name.

      And stop with this excuse of "Everyone else cheated". That's bs, not everyone cheated, there are plenty of people in the back of the pack that worked their butts off but were never noticed because so many others were cheating. Integrity should be rewarded. At least those who cheated have a clear conscience.

      November 12, 2012 at 9:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • James

      who never cheated*

      November 12, 2012 at 9:14 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Justobservin

    He DID win the races. Mark McGuire hit 71 home runs. People were entertained. so what.

    November 12, 2012 at 4:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • Joe

      You just don't get it, do you? This is WAY beyond entertaining people.

      November 12, 2012 at 4:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • Say what?

      Joe, you and others don't get it. You rather believe someone that "forced" others to say things about Armstrong than to have that same someone show proof. Department of Justice didn't even touch this case, Don't you want to know why?? Of course not, you rather believe that someone did something wrong than to believe hes innocent...Till someone show me proof, REAL proof, I'll believe Armstrong

      November 12, 2012 at 4:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • steve

      exactly right. no amount of 'x' will help you win the tour that many times.

      November 12, 2012 at 7:24 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Bill

    Only 7million?? All those 1 dollar bracelets and only 7 million?!!! You gotta be kidding me. There has to be an error. Hope he's not a cheat and a thief.

    November 12, 2012 at 4:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • Cishe

      They were referring to his personal contributions.

      November 12, 2012 at 5:21 pm | Report abuse |
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