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. barry

    I like the picture with him and george w nice grouping

    November 12, 2012 at 4:25 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Bob

    So Lance beat all the other cheaters in cycling. I see nothing wrong since everyone in cycling uses the same chemicals

    November 12, 2012 at 5:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • Pattypal

      I think you are correct on both points.

      November 13, 2012 at 6:14 am | Report abuse |
  3. JudyB

    The man is a joke. I don't think he should be a part of anything worth while. Can not be trusted.

    November 12, 2012 at 5:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • Austin

      The man started a foundation that has raised nearly half a billion dollars for cancer research and survivor support and he's a joke? He's certainly far from perfect as is everyone. It's easy to define someone by their shortcomings in a sound bite world but real life people are more complex. Only after I have started a foundation and raised more than a half a billion for a great cause would I feel non-hypocritical to unilaterally declare him a joke.

      November 12, 2012 at 8:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • cybermonkeytech

      Austin, Livestrong doesn't fund research, just so you know. They stopped that quite a while ago.

      November 13, 2012 at 6:57 am | Report abuse |
  4. Blog Mediator

    Armstrong is a true athletic phenomenon. How can anyone with cancer, especially a person who both survived the disease and it's treatment go on afterwards and win the tour de france? Whether or not he took steroids is irrelevant! What he has attained in his career is mind-boggling and inspirational to athletes, non-athletes and cancer patients and survivors worldwide! Any of you who feel otherwise should try racing in the tour de france (or for that matter try riding your bicycle up and down the nearest hill 50 times) before you judge this man.

    November 12, 2012 at 5:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • liveclean

      Having witnessed the cancer treatments and side effects of several close relatives with, I can't imagine anything less inspirational than any of them going on to shoot steroids into their bodies to win a sporting event. Lance Armstrong has always struck me as a win-at-all-costs egomaniac with a giant chip on his shoulder who just happened to have cancer.

      November 12, 2012 at 6:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • sassysticks53

      For all we know Armstrong could have gotten cancer from all those steroids he was taking. What a fall from grace! As bad as Tiger Woods fall.

      November 12, 2012 at 7:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • eff

      Im a cancer survivor and went on to play college and pro sports afterwards. Same type as armstrong.

      i never used steroids, but i did use protein shakes, vitamins, etc.

      the campaign against steroids is a witch hunt.

      the campaign against armstrong is akin to the spanish inquisition.

      it doesnt even matter if he cheated at this point.

      i was never an armstrong fan, but i am now. Im getting one of those bracelets and will wear it the rest of my life.

      he represents being targeted by mccarthyism and an unholy witch hunt. the tenacity of his enemies SHOULD be reserved for those chasing arch villains, crime bosses, and child molesters.

      The people routing against armstrong have lost all sense of proportion. he cheated "fair and square". he beat their testing methods. they promised immunity to ppl in exchange for their "overwhelming" evidence against him. real credible. real justice for them too since they "cheated" and admitted (or tested positive) and got off scott-free.

      November 12, 2012 at 8:16 pm | Report abuse |
  5. rizzit

    So... I guess we should start caring about losers that ride bikes now? ..... rather watch paint dry, more use of my time

    November 12, 2012 at 5:56 pm | Report abuse |
  6. 1amazed1

    My posts never seem to appear funny

    November 12, 2012 at 7:26 pm | Report abuse |
  7. ThinkDefyUnite

    Listen, there is no question that Lance used EPO, testosterone, and HGH, and blood-doped as well. Early in his career he also used steroids which may have contributed to his developing cancer. These are now the facts, you can disbelieve them if you want, but you're only kidding yourself.

    However, everyone in the peloton was doing the same things. Lance was still the strongest, and therefore should keep his "maillot jaunes". Until the entire sport of cycling renounces PED's then this is what you get. The team directors, doctors, trainers, and sponsors were all well aware of what was going on and are therefore complicit. They all directly supported doing whatever it took to win.

    What astounds me is how everyone in the sport is now expressing such righteous indignation. To me, that is the travesty.

    November 12, 2012 at 7:30 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Necrofun

    Dope shooter or not, Lance Armstrong will forever be the greatest race car driver the past two centuries have ever seen.

    November 12, 2012 at 7:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kusicie

      You are obviously not a golfer

      November 13, 2012 at 3:35 am | Report abuse |
  9. Judy75201

    Unfortunately, charities are, for the most part, scams.

    November 12, 2012 at 8:26 pm | Report abuse |
  10. sydnee townsend

    I agree. the "investigators" worry more about lance NOT cheating then pple getting away with murder, child melestation, and robery and theft

    November 12, 2012 at 8:40 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Paula Vitiello

    He did a lot of good and some bad . It is sad people only remember the bad . We all make mistake But people love watching people fall and kick them when they are down

    November 12, 2012 at 11:22 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Feeb

    The man did beat cancer. No denying that. Gotta give him big points for starting/funding Livestrong which has helped others. Dropping out seems to be the best for all parties. Let's hope his personal judgement is better in the future.

    November 13, 2012 at 5:41 am | Report abuse |
  13. Greenaxe

    I'm taking my bike and going home!

    November 13, 2012 at 5:41 am | Report abuse |
  14. SYNNUW

    SO SAD

    MATTHEW 7:1

    November 13, 2012 at 6:09 am | Report abuse |
  15. true blue

    Did he have cancer doing his triumph if so, don't they have some form of steroids in cancer treatment. we need to witch hunt the treatment and the witches that's doing the hunt.

    November 13, 2012 at 7:18 am | Report abuse |
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