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. Neil Meharg

    Lance Armstrong is accused of doping. he is also responsible for helping many cancer patients fight on and win their battle. Lance I think what you did for those fighting for their lives gives you a pass on mistakes made in Cycling, and for that I say Thank You.

    October 21, 2012 at 7:41 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Russ

    I would love to see Lance use his money wisely and rise from the ashes. There are a lot of things he could do with it to become a billionaire and do tremendous good. That would restore his reputation and the doping episode would be in the past.

    October 21, 2012 at 7:54 pm | Report abuse |
  3. H

    He's a bum. Cheater!

    October 21, 2012 at 7:58 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Ash

    Lance is a big fraud.... I see people not willing to denouce him... imagine if he were black, we would not waste a second in doing that.... why do we excuse white men like Lance, Romney even when they lie all their lives?

    October 21, 2012 at 8:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kris

      The only fraud is the fraudulent government agency that has no physical proof that Lance used any drugs all they have is spoken testimony from people who did fail the drug tests.

      October 21, 2012 at 8:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rachel

      Wow, you hit the nail on the head with THIS comment. Good job! When will people wake up to realize that those who appear to be angelic, may indeed be taking us all the way to the bank.

      Goodbye Lance. Welcome to next term, Obama. 😉

      October 21, 2012 at 8:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dan

      Are you insane?

      October 21, 2012 at 8:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rachel

      Kris, dear one..... What exactly do you think this professional doping system is all about, anyway? They are notorious for working on individuals to block drugs in one's system. So why would Lance be an exception to their system? His fellow cyclists knew exactly what was going on because they, too, were doing it. I don't believe the media. I believe in those who did what they say they did, risking their own credibility in the interim.

      And for this, I am not the one who is blind.

      October 21, 2012 at 8:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rachel

      The only blindness here, Kris, is when you choose to turn your head away from the facts by those who indulged with Lance. You should really try to turn your head in the right direction and listen to those who knew exactly what was going on. You can sit here and defend Lance Armstrong all you want but, the more you do, the more your ignorance shows.

      It is not I who is the blind one.

      October 21, 2012 at 8:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • ted

      Kris and Rachel, you both need to get a grip. Don't you guys have anything better to do? Guess not.

      October 21, 2012 at 9:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • Joe

      Really ash, A black white issue? Grow up. This has nothing go do with race. If he did dope when "everyone in cycling dopes" did he really cheat? Or did he level the playing field. Either way he raised more for others then you ever could.

      October 21, 2012 at 9:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • harwich02

      Uh- oh, here comes' the "what if he was black" comment. We have an Afro-American President, let's get over the racial thing now. Cripes.

      October 21, 2012 at 9:54 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Pusser

    "We will move forward." Spoken as a true junky. We suspected it all along. Now we know. Thanks, Lance. You're a true hero.....NOT!

    October 21, 2012 at 8:01 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Dr. Bill Sherman

    Lance Armstrong was the best of the best. No one can ever take that away from him. he competed on an even playing field and was better than all the rest.
    Bill s.

    October 21, 2012 at 8:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • Brent

      Wow, Doctor. By any chance, are you part of that professional doping scheme?

      Sure sounds like it. If not, you are incredibly ignorant.

      October 21, 2012 at 8:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • Henry

      Yeah, amazing alright. See what drugs can do?

      October 21, 2012 at 8:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • mespo727272

      Haven't seen many of the "best" there have you, Doc? Try a book on Ted Williams, Johnny U, or Roberto Clemente. They overcame plenty of odds and didn't cheat.

      October 21, 2012 at 8:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • mespo727272

      Oh, and by the way, they can take it away from you. Just ask Ben Johnson, Marion Jones, or Shoeless Joe Jackson.

      October 21, 2012 at 8:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • harwich02

      Everybody dopes in cycling-so, I can read between your lines. He was the best cyclist of all doping cyclists. I get it, now.

      October 21, 2012 at 9:58 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Dr. Bill Sherman

    He was the best of the best. He competed on an even playing field of riders. No one can ever take that away from him.

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

    I am getting sick and tired of seeing the blind ignorant sheep that are willing to believe a fake government agency with only hearsay as evidence to prove that Lance did performance enhancing drugs. Amaury Sport Organisation has stated during this entire farce that Lance never failed a single drug test yet you fools wont listen.

    October 21, 2012 at 8:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • Josh W

      Hmmm. Are you really this blind or are you just playing with us? I feel for people like you who really have no clue.

      October 21, 2012 at 8:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • Josh W

      Hearsay? I've heard from those men who actually doped with Lance Armstrong, and who have worked closely with their doping professionals. What more do I need?

      October 21, 2012 at 8:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jeff S

      Calm down dude. You have teammates saying they had inside knowledge of drug tests and ways to cheat the drug test. So yeah, there might actually be a scientific reason of how he was able to both be doping and still pass the drug tests.

      October 21, 2012 at 9:46 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Dan

    Nothing changed when the USADA said what they did. They have been saying this all along. Lance still never tested for performance enhancing drugs. It is unbelievable that people want their money back from a cancer charity. Are you going to return your tax deduction too?

    October 21, 2012 at 8:34 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Dana

    Who cares if he took drugs anyway? They ride bicycles for a living mostly in other countries. Stop wasting my tax dollars on this!

    October 21, 2012 at 8:36 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Carol

    Where is there any proof? There is none except people after their 15 minutes. Vilifying this man how many years after the fact? This is so disgusting! Donors to CANCER RESEARCH want their money back? I am so sorry Lance.

    October 21, 2012 at 8:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • Steve

      If I donated to a charity .. then found out the founder was doping and a liar and a cheat .... Id certainly want my money back as well.

      October 21, 2012 at 10:23 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Ax

    Lance, do yourself including the rest of us a favor and just go away.

    October 21, 2012 at 8:57 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Mike

    Good luck to you Lance, don't let the rest of these judgmental idiots get you down.

    October 21, 2012 at 9:06 pm | Report abuse |
  14. marksteere

    The "hearsay" is so widespread now that you'd have to be a nitwit conspiracy theorist not to believe it. Just about everyone who ever cycled with Lying Lance confirms that he was doping. Give it up, die hard self deceivers.

    October 21, 2012 at 9:08 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Joe

    Yes Rachel if Obama is reelected you will be at the bank. Asking them where your money is, because Obama bankrupted the country.

    October 21, 2012 at 9:31 pm | Report abuse |
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