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. luke mclachlan

    i'd rather be like lance armstrong than the hateful people on this board ! any day of the week !

    October 21, 2012 at 4:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • unreal

      aspiring to be a liar, cheat, and thief? god bless america.

      October 21, 2012 at 9:44 pm | Report abuse |
  2. korgri

    Remember that it's the accusers who are building the elaborate story.

    October 21, 2012 at 4:08 pm | Report abuse |
  3. rich

    Go, Lance, Go!

    October 21, 2012 at 4:28 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Angel

    If his teammates admitted to doping and they all apparently witnessed Lance doing everything he is been accused of, how come he never accused them of doping, on his on defense, if he was present when all this was happening? He founded Livestrong even before winning his first Tour de France. I am not a lawyer or anything but if the teammates did dope, how can everyone trust what they say when they lied for so long?

    October 21, 2012 at 4:33 pm | Report abuse |
  5. DJones

    One real problem for those who want to prosecute Lance is that none of the testing ever caught him cheating. IF Lance was cheating and doping and IF his whole team was cheating and doping and the system is so flawed that they never caught them then we can be sure that we have no idea of which teams were doping and which teams weren't doping. Remember that the doctor who they say showed Lance how to cheat the system was Italian and had obviously perfected his techniques doping the Italian team. They need to stop the witch hunt, stop trying to justify their decisions, and just create a better system of checking for doping.

    October 21, 2012 at 4:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • barry heath

      actually they do have proof,that's why they stripped him of his winnings..the connection is clear,he cheated,got caught,but his arrogance makes him silent!

      October 21, 2012 at 5:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • data

      They have overwhelming evidence. Armstrong ran the most sophisticated cheating scheme in the history of ANY sport. He intimidated and sued anyone who came forward from his cheat squad.

      October 21, 2012 at 6:06 pm | Report abuse |
  6. MH

    Even if guilty, his rights to due process seem to be on shaky ground. No conviction, no trial, yet a presumption of guilt, testimonials taken under duress by witnesses who are being offered deals so they don't get prosecuted...His hands may or may not be clean, but there is a sliminess to the USADA methods too. I would give up even if I were innocent if I knew the system were rigged this way.

    October 21, 2012 at 4:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • barry heath

      they don't half to have "trail"..it's an assocation,not a legal court,thus,they are in their rights to terminate a cyclist if that person breaks the rules..it's not rocket science.

      October 21, 2012 at 5:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • MH

      Thanks for the reply. I was confused about the legal position of the USADA, since on their website they said that there were still people on the USPS team who still contested the charges and would be tried in front of judges. I assumed that meant that they have due process.

      October 21, 2012 at 6:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • tbaker

      The right of due process... to bring charges against someone and then let them defend themselves. Armstrong refuses to defend himself – he has chosen to restrict his right of due process.

      October 21, 2012 at 6:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ben Rivera

      Exactly! Seems like Armstrong who passed every test is the only one to have his results RE-tested over and over again. How can we know the result were not altered. This has been a non-stop witch hunt

      October 21, 2012 at 7:06 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Hide Behind

    Thete isa lot of difference between organizational rules that athletes have to agrre too in order to compete than just a cival criminal case.

    October 21, 2012 at 5:05 pm | Report abuse |
  8. maammishawaka

    Why do these people want their money back from Livestrong? Do they want the money from the cancer patients? Perhaps they want their money from Livestrong cancer research? Livestrong is aiding cancer, patients, research and they have a voice in Washington. Livestrong was founded by Mr. Armstrong, but the donations go to cancer. Do the people want to take away from cancer patients? Stop being so selfish.

    October 21, 2012 at 5:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • Danno

      They're just mad they got blinded by the allure of the yellow wristband and decided to throw tons of money at a professional athlete. Smart.

      October 21, 2012 at 5:33 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Betrayed

    I don't blame the donors for wanting their money back from the Lance Armstrong Foundation. Contrary to the mounting evidence against him, he is still proclaiming innocence. Unless he holds himself accountable and apologizes for his actions, the donors have to right to have their money back. He has lost his honor, credibility and integrity. I, for one, would like my money back. I still believe in the cause. I will donate any returned money to another cancer charity. He should know how his lack of accountability and remorse will hurt his Foundation.

    October 21, 2012 at 5:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • floydgg

      Donating to a cancer charity should not be related to what someone did as a bicyclist. It is strange that people want to take cancer donations back because of what Lance Armstrong might have done. This only hurts cancer victims and cancer research.

      October 21, 2012 at 6:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mark

      Well, first of all there isn't any physical evidence that he did dope. He has maintained his innocence from the get go. What happened to innocent until proven guilty. Your money has gone to a good cause yet your feelings are hurt. Grow up and quit whinning. Look at the cause you support, not the person who you feel betrayed you.

      October 21, 2012 at 7:38 pm | Report abuse |
  10. RunForTheHills

    He should be forced to give back every penny of endorsement money he was ever given. It's called fraud, and he did it on a monumental scale. He took hundreds of millions of dollars in endorsements and was cheating the entire time.

    October 21, 2012 at 5:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mark

      In what way was fraud committed? Is he a cyclist? Yes. Did he beat cancer? Yes, Did he win among a sport which probably everybody was doping? Yes. Did he start a charity to help cancer patients? Yes. So he may have lied about doping, but he did not commit fraud, perjury perhaps, but not fraud.

      October 21, 2012 at 7:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • FreeArmstrong

      How is he guilty? The 11 folks who are saying he ran the program are going to say that to cover their own doping offenses. They were given deals to testify against Lance. Until I see firm proof, pictures even, of Armstrong doping, I won't believe this. The guy has been through a lot in his life. He's been tested many, many times and hasn't failed a test? I'd say if you were consistently doping, you would fail at least once. He had a long career and who knows how many tests. Give it up people. The guy is innocent. Why waste money on a witch hunt? And why crap on Livestrong? It's a great foundation that contributes millions to cancer research all over the world.

      October 21, 2012 at 8:00 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Danno

    This just in: Professional bicycle riding is not important. Lance Armstrong can go pound sand. Donate money to a real charity, not a brand.

    October 21, 2012 at 5:23 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Steve Hunter

    There's a lot of denial on this board. I was with you for a long time too, but c'mon. Everyone he beat in TdF has either admitted to or been proven to dope. NOT POSSIBLE to win over those guys w/o juicing himself. And "not testing positive" is not the same as "not doing it" - no matter how much you want to believe. Sad all around.

    October 21, 2012 at 5:34 pm | Report abuse |
  13. LastoftheZucchiniFlowers

    Can the rest of us PLEASE know what the 'overwhelming evidence' is? They were very clear about Marion Jones doping and I would like to know what Lance actually DID to defeat the tests for so long and so efficiently!!! Evidently, his teammates were not as 'sophisticated'? Why? Those who supported him deserve to know precisely WHAT HE DID!

    October 21, 2012 at 6:11 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Keith

    If he did all that doping, why did he pass every blood test he ever took?

    Hang in there Lance, many of us believe in you.

    October 21, 2012 at 7:22 pm | Report abuse |
  15. BoFo

    The people who seem to be defending Armstrong even in the face of overwhelming evidence should read the excellent article in The New York Times today about how his house of cards imploded.
    He is quickly evolving into just another sports thug.
    What really makes me sick is Nike. Oh, they pulled his endorsements, but they'll take him back some day, just like they did Tiger Woods and Michael Vick after they had (by Nike's standards) redeemed themselves. I have not in more than 10 years bought, nor will I ever in the future buy, anything with Nike's name or logo on it

    October 21, 2012 at 7:27 pm | Report abuse |
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