October 21st, 2012
09:06 AM ET

Lance Armstrong laments 'difficult few weeks'

Potentially on the verge of losing his most prized cycling medals, and already shedding sponsors who gave him enormous wealth, Lance Armstrong said Sunday it's been "an interesting and at times very difficult few weeks."

Speaking to participants in his cancer-fighting foundation's annual Ride for the Roses, Armstrong said, "People ask me a lot how are you doing.  And I tell them I've been better, but I've also been worse."

In his brief remarks to a crowd in Austin, Armstrong didn't mention the recent finding by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) of overwhelming evidence that Armstrong was involved as a professional cyclist in "the most sophisticated, professionalized and successful doping program."  Armstrong has denied the accusations for years and attacked those who said he took part in doping - including fellow cyclists.

He stepped down last week as chairman of the Lance Armstrong Foundation, but said he will continue to be involved.  Some of the foundation's donors are furious over the scandal, and want their money back.

"We will not be deterred," Armstrong said Friday night at the organization's 15th anniversary celebration in Austin, Texas.  "We will move forward."

The USADA has called for Armstrong to lose his seven Tour de France titles.  The International Cycling Union, which has the authority to strip him of those titles, plans to respond Monday.

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  1. andy

    What if he didn't do those things? They have all this evidence saying he did but how come he was never caught? I'm playing devil's advocate here but what if he really didn't do it? Why should he just say that he did?

    October 21, 2012 at 10:25 am | Report abuse |
    • John Cleary

      completely agree. just like OJ Simpson, Drew Peterson, etc. just because everyone says they did it, and only a damned fool would truly believe they're innocent, that still doesn't mean they're guilty!

      October 21, 2012 at 2:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ben Rivera

      Dude you are totally ridiculous. Comparing Lance to murderers? He never hurt anyone. No one has ever faced this scrutiny and I believe it has been nothing but a witch hunt by jealous people.

      October 21, 2012 at 7:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • Spartacus

      anyone bringing up OJ Simpson is Lost, completely lost...because in the history of Law there has Never ever been more dna evidence pointing to one and only one persons guilt, and there is the fact the forwoman of the Jury not only wrote a book and said it, but she went on national television and told the world everyone on the Jury new for a fact he was guilty and their verdict was pay back for Rodney King who's white attackers were acquitted in the same court house in the exact same community !!!

      There was trail of Nicole and Ron Goldman and Simpson;s blood that lead directly from the crime scene all the way into OJ's house up the stairs and into the bathroom in the master bedroom where a sock was found in his sink with massive samples of dna on it from all 3 of them!!!

      in the history of law and the history of crime as well, there has never once been any case in which their was even one drop more of 100% definitive proof of any human being's guilt !!!

      You have to be living in a complete state of denial for years to even think that OJ was innocent !!!

      You would have to be completely un educated and completely lost !!!

      October 22, 2012 at 1:29 am | Report abuse |
    • Claire

      Oh, he did. Read the report, there's no way you can conclude anything else.

      October 21, 2012 at 2:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • donna

      There's no way you can conclude ANYTHING. Hearsay. The only REAL evidence is the EPO tests, but those were originally tested in 1999, rethawed in 2004. There is a definite question about integrity of the sample taken from the French Laboratory, ESPECIALLY when France wanted to bust him.

      To summarize, there is NOTHING in the report that can lead to any definite conclusion.

      October 21, 2012 at 3:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • geeky

      The question boils down to this: if you comply with all the doping controls and rules set forth at the time and you pass all the tests, is it 1.) competing within the limits and controls of the rules, or 2.) cheating.

      October 21, 2012 at 3:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • He got caught

      Andy – you are incorrect. He did fail several doping tests, but he always managed to convince UCI that it was some sort of minor problem, like using a corticoid cream for a rash. And now it turns out that those excuses were false and those positive tests really were positive. Moreover, tests for EPO done on blood extracted several years earlier, when there was no reliable test for EPO, came back positive as well. The problem is that it is not too difficult to not get caught, if you have a doctor that knows what he/she is doing. And Lance had a couple of those.

      October 21, 2012 at 4:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • M

      Its amazing that a group of people can get together and say something about someone and people believe it.. Strip them naked in public and toss them aside like trash.
      I require proof.. Not just a group of people with what very well could be a agenda, telling stories.

      October 21, 2012 at 5:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rachel

      Bingo. Guilty.

      October 21, 2012 at 8:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rachel

      Bingo! Guilty – to the max.

      October 21, 2012 at 8:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • Doug

      Have you read how he did it? Come on man, don't play stupid.. Geez, how I hate stupid men...

      October 22, 2012 at 4:35 am | Report abuse |
    • Cycliste

      The report explains why he was never caught at the time.

      October 23, 2012 at 8:37 am | Report abuse |
  2. Dan

    As for Lance: he cheated, so did everyone else. If he knew that something was undetectable so did everyone. No one else's archived B samples were tested by the USADA because the other athletes weren't US athletes. If you actually think there were/are TDF riders who voluntarily choose not to take undetectable drugs you are kidding yourself because they'd lose their spot on the team to someone who did.
    As for the donators: if you feel you were lied to I respect that. But your money is going to helping cancer research...is that such a bad thing? Think of how many people need your help before you ask for it back based on one person's desire to level the playing field.

    October 21, 2012 at 10:30 am | Report abuse |
    • Kevin

      Agreed Dan, from a cancer survivor and realist. I don't agree with what he is accused of, nor do I like it...but I get it.

      Folks need a ton of help with cancer – I hope the get the same help I did from LS. Thanks

      October 21, 2012 at 10:54 am | Report abuse |
    • DemFromSC

      I agree also. Can't anyone separate Armstrong's good work for cancer patients from his (possible) cheating?

      October 21, 2012 at 11:28 am | Report abuse |
    • Tom

      Well said!

      October 21, 2012 at 11:39 am | Report abuse |
    • Honesty

      I can completely understand why they want their money back... The live strong foundation does very little for cancer research, it's been used by lance to promote his brand far more than it's been used to fund research. If you research the Live Strong foundation you will find a lot of the money has gone to aid Lance's cause not Cancer's cause. And if Lance lied about all of this how can donor's trust him with their money?

      October 21, 2012 at 11:52 am | Report abuse |
  3. Ben

    He refuses to be railroaded by a pompous, arrogant, self-certifying wannabe authority into a kangaroo arbitration throwaway of his legal rights, and gives his enemies just enough rope for a juicy libel suit. So?

    October 21, 2012 at 10:33 am | Report abuse |
  4. ed

    Read the usada report. Its quite plain to see he is 1. Guilty and 2. a jerk.

    October 21, 2012 at 10:38 am | Report abuse |
    • Claire

      Yep. Anyone who can read that report and come to a different conclusion is delusional.

      October 21, 2012 at 3:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • Seriously

      Totally!!

      October 22, 2012 at 1:38 am | Report abuse |
  5. Ben

    Dr. Ferrari is reading the report.

    October 21, 2012 at 10:40 am | Report abuse |
  6. Minjy

    Who really cares? He did what he had to and never got caught in the act. Now after he retires, USADA wakes up and goes "hey, we should be relevant some how, shouldn't we", but who cares! Just let it go. Whether he is a jerk, moron, or a twit, what difference does it make now? NONE!

    October 21, 2012 at 10:54 am | Report abuse |
    • DavidL

      It makes a WORLD of difference NOW because it made a world of difference THEN as well.
      Just because something happened in the past doesn't make it right in the future. If it is that hard for you to understand, then look at it this way – if I steal from you today but I am not caught, does that mean 10 years from now that I am and have been an honest person? NO. Same applies to Armstrong. PERIOD!!!!

      October 21, 2012 at 12:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • Claire

      Ah, but actually he DID get caught in the act. There was a positive test for corticosteriods in 1999 which he was allowed to lie about, and another for EPO in the 2001 Tour of Switzerland following which he pretty clearly bribed the UCI to make it all go away. Talk about cancer, there was a cancer in the sport and what needs to happen now is that the cancer needs to be cured, once and for all–which can only happen by addressing it NOW.

      October 21, 2012 at 3:03 pm | Report abuse |
  7. jert

    He's "been worse" because he was once dying of cancer, you dolt. Go to jail? Are you really that simple? The fact of the matter is he never failed a test.... Im not saying he's didn't cheat, but it's like getting a ticket for speeding when you were never clocked going above the posted limit – but some people said they "saw" you speed. Not happening.

    October 21, 2012 at 10:54 am | Report abuse |
    • unreal

      how can you defend this guy? The doping committee, sponsors, supporters, donators have mostly given their backs to lance. Yet, there you go again defending him like he's anything more than a scammer.

      October 21, 2012 at 3:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • Snarkpatrol

      Or committing murder and going to jail "only" based on the eyewitness testimony of 11 people.

      October 21, 2012 at 5:22 pm | Report abuse |
  8. DAVID IN TEXAS

    you can forget what you know or feel about Lance's cycling ethic, but you cannot deny his ability on the bike as well as his dicipline and drive. Weeather he was juicing or not, I don;t think I could beat him on a 1 mile race even if he did it on one leg.
    Besides this, the other part of his life, the one that really counts to me, is the one off his bike. His experience with cancer, his suppoert for the LIVESTRONG foundation and him bringing cycling to the US and getting thousands of off the couch aoutside to ride their bikes is enough for me.

    October 21, 2012 at 10:57 am | Report abuse |
  9. STEVE CAMPBELL

    This is like wanting your money back from muscular dystrophy telethons because Jerry Lewis made a movie you did not like. Get over it. Steroids are part of our culture, always will be

    October 21, 2012 at 11:01 am | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      I agree; it's absolutely ignorant to demand one's donation back...choose not to donate in the future, but demanding a refund from a charity for cancer seems the height of pettiness to me.
      Whether guilty of what he is accused of or not, his foundation has done much good.

      October 21, 2012 at 11:59 am | Report abuse |
    • DavidL

      Yes they will always be part of our culture, so will other drugs, alcoholism, stealing, murder, abuse, and so on...so your point is what????
      Exactly, you have NO POINT whatsoever.

      October 21, 2012 at 12:27 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Ben

    Few people consider Lance may have genes that don't need drugs.

    October 21, 2012 at 11:08 am | Report abuse |
  11. Hide Behind

    The man had a team to support that are no less guilty as he, a paycheck is a paycheck.
    To say that his sponsors did not know about doping in the sport or is it that they preferred to ignore it knowing full well that deliberate ignotance hiding behind "Righteous INDIGNATION" when ayhletes caught is proof of innocence in public eye.
    The man was and still id a liar and a cheat, but that is not a character trait quite in the majority today.
    When their gods act as mortals why the mortal indignation.
    When the publics gods are found to be mortals the search for a new one begins.

    October 21, 2012 at 11:13 am | Report abuse |
  12. john

    Armstrong did what most if not all of his racing peers have used to enhance their performances. Is it right...what it is, is a part of our human culture that strives to win at all costs.

    October 21, 2012 at 11:15 am | Report abuse |
  13. sundance

    I have always felt that Lance acted like he was above everyone else. Based on the evidence presented, he is guilty of doping, hiding the fact, and intimidating those who went against him. I question how much of the money raised by Livestrong actually goes to research and the support of cancer causes. I'd like to see an audit at this time. Once a person lies to the extent that he did, I think the public needs clear evidence that his foundation is not an extension of his arrogance also. I would agree he had amazing drive through the cancer and cycling if I felt the drive was back by integrity.

    October 21, 2012 at 11:16 am | Report abuse |
  14. Steve

    How can you compare this to Marion Jones? Marion ADMITTED what she did and yes she paid the price for what she did. I agree with the other comment.... what if he didn't do it? Your saying that he should admit it even though he may not have cheated? How ignorant is that? Why would anyone ever admit to guilt for something they didn't do? The US Doping Agency has already passed their judgement but it is not up to them to decide if he loses his Tour De France wins... that is up to the ICU and they have not made a judgement yet. Even if they do judge against him and he still doesn't admit to doing anything wrong, that is on him. I am sure he has (literally) a Team of Lawyers advising him on what he needs to do.

    I hate to think how you would react if someone accused you of something you claim you didn't do... according to you you would just admit guilt and move on. Who is the pompus a$$ now?

    October 21, 2012 at 11:28 am | Report abuse |
    • LastoftheZucchiniFlowers

      to jert, steve and others: I too stood behind Armstrong amid all the accusations but it seems Lance is no longer taking a stance of denial. This, more than anything, has me thinking that perhaps there IS something concrete which the antidoper league has established. But I still want to know what the evidence is and how it was obtained.

      October 21, 2012 at 6:14 pm | Report abuse |
  15. ankenyman

    Lance has been exposed as a liar and a cheater. Think of all the people he slandered,bullied and intimidated while he was perpetuating his lies. He called his accusers liars and other defamatory names while falsely defending himself.

    October 21, 2012 at 11:47 am | Report abuse |
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