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. treblemaker

    Sports heroes are made to be torn down by an envious, hypocritical world at the first sniff of a wrongdoing. Armstrong competed on a LEVEL playing field (get my drift?). Anyone who has stared death in the face and survived is ahead of all the rest of us. He is an inspiration to all cancer survivors, regardless of his "fall from grace". Shall we discount all the great music that has been composed by gifted rock and roll and jazz artists, and brand them as "cheats" because many of them composed while stoned on drugs or drunk on alcohol (or both)? GIVE ME A BREAK!!

    Sometimes I could just retch when sanctimonious sportswriters throw their two cents in, deciding through the prism of their personal biases and prejudices which athletes becomes honored or not. Most of them couldn't carry their jockstraps or much less understand the complete dedication that it takes to become physically gifted. I'd better stop now.

    October 22, 2012 at 12:44 am | Report abuse |
    • Seriously

      Treblemaker...that is the most ridiculous comparison it is laughable!!! Musicians on drugs and athletes cheating on drugs...you are so out to lunch.

      October 22, 2012 at 1:17 am | Report abuse |
  2. novacane

    lance armstrong = biggest fraud in sports history. nice legacy dude. doesn't show a bit of remorse. sorry i know your name.

    October 22, 2012 at 12:57 am | Report abuse |
  3. Rob

    God bless you Lance. You will ALWAYS be a champion to me.

    October 22, 2012 at 1:10 am | Report abuse |
  4. Doc Ock

    Really? Who cares? Going after retired athletes to show the world that sporting organizations are "serious about stopping the use of PED's" is like going after college grads from 10 years ago who cheated on an English paper. Either an organization tests ALL their current competing athletes for PED's and actually punish those who get caught or simply admit you're not willing to do it. Going after a retired cyclist or retired baseball players is a simple game of publicity. If all sports tested their athletes and suspended those who were cheating, 90% of their athletes would be suspended for some type of PED or blood doping. Oh wait....that's why they don't actually do that.

    October 22, 2012 at 1:17 am | Report abuse |
    • T-Bone

      So he cheated and so did most of the riders at that time. He should come out with his own doping products and sell them. I would buy the stuff.

      October 22, 2012 at 11:47 am | Report abuse |
    • DStorvik

      I totally agree! What the "H" is the matter with people...going after someone who has come back from the brink of death and created GOOD in the world, inspiring millions to get up "off their duffs" and get moving...on a bike!!** Who ever cared to watch the doped-up Tour de France BEFORE Lance Armstrong came on the scene, anyway????? Furthermore, he has helped the nations – the U.S. AND Canada – raise millions of dollars for Cancer research!!** Brother!!! Nobody seems to want heroes, anymore. You're ALL f@%#!!

      October 25, 2012 at 9:09 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Spartacus

    bla bla bla bla bla and yet still not one photograph of him taking steroids, not one test result proving he took steroids, bla bla bla bla all these accusations and yet still, not one piece of evidence linking this guy to steroids and until I see any, he is 100% innovent just like he says !!!

    The Only thing anyone has seen at all, is the same jealous ill intended and corrupt people who has beaten over and over and over again claiming the same utter bs without showing he public one damned piece of tangible physical evidence!!!

    and the world eats it up like it's an American Big Mac !!!

    Incredible !!!

    October 22, 2012 at 1:18 am | Report abuse |
    • Cycliste

      What's incredible is that you can rant and rage obviously without having read the report. Do your research.

      October 23, 2012 at 8:33 am | Report abuse |
  6. somessound

    Guy is a cheater and bad character

    October 22, 2012 at 1:41 am | Report abuse |
    • PoodleGirl

      Somesound: How the "H" would you know what kind of character Lance Armstrong was or was not??? Have you been his psychiatrist???

      October 25, 2012 at 9:24 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Patrick

    what a mess, living on this planet is a mess from the get go ...

    October 22, 2012 at 1:45 am | Report abuse |
  8. johnjohnson

    Whatever happens, it's a shame. The guy was a hero to lots of people. What a record. Plus fought off cancer. It's dispiriting.

    October 22, 2012 at 2:43 am | Report abuse |
    • Doug

      Really.. Have you thought about the people who would have won if he didn't cheat.. What about them ???

      October 22, 2012 at 4:26 am | Report abuse |
  9. penny252

    To those defending this liar...GIVE IT UP.

    October 22, 2012 at 3:17 am | Report abuse |
  10. JimBob

    it is a sport and he is from texas........DUH!!!

    October 22, 2012 at 3:17 am | Report abuse |
  11. PhilMD

    UCI will not strip LA of his 7 wins. Otherwise, they will look like the underling of USADA. They have to do their own independent investigation to prove that LA indeed doped. They can't rely based on hearsay by 11 losers.

    October 22, 2012 at 3:24 am | Report abuse |
  12. more2bits

    He had better had saved him money because the lying cheating fool is going to be unemployable soon.

    October 22, 2012 at 3:24 am | Report abuse |
  13. mmi16

    Lance was superior among equals. Since the USADA's arm breaking got everyone on the US Postal team to 'admit' to doping and point their fingers at Lance one would then have to theorize that the entire Tour de France field was also doping. Clean or not Armstrong beat a field of equals. Somehow I find 500+ Clean Drug tests more convincing than any coereced confessions that the USADA has been able to beat out of US Postal team members.

    The USADA is a Kangaroo Court and Lynch Mob all rolled into one!

    October 22, 2012 at 3:28 am | Report abuse |
    • Doug

      I would brush up on my reading skills if I were you.. I was just over 200, AND... he bowed out of many because he knew there were coming... So 20 people say you did this... and you say no, come on man.. The man is a cheater at any cost, he is an arrogant monster who would kill his own mother to win.. Disgusting !

      October 22, 2012 at 4:30 am | Report abuse |

      You are either grossly misinformed, take LA and his cronies statements at will or are severely lacking in reading comprehension or all 3.
      LA was the bully. He bullied younger riders/teammates into LA's way.
      LA was the arm twisting intimidator.
      IT WAS NOT 500 DRUG TESTS PASSED. It was 215/218 by ICU and between 60-70 by USADA.
      If USADA is Kangaroo Court then you, either ignorant, stupid or both are it's equal.
      Do you always live in denial or is your ignorance bliss.

      October 22, 2012 at 8:02 pm | Report abuse |
  14. judie2

    Since when is here-say proof? He NEVER failed drug tests. I hope the UCI has the backbone to contest the USADA findings. Giving admitted dopers a 6-month sentence, while Lance has not admitted doping, seems irrational to take away his Tour de France wins. This is like an upside-down Alice in wonderland vision, not a legal justice one.

    October 22, 2012 at 4:12 am | Report abuse |

      First Judie it is hear-say. DO YOU KNOW WHAT HEARSAY EVIDENCE IS? Hearsay is third party information. EXAMPLE: Rider A dopes. Rider B sees it and partakes in doping as well. Rider B tells an outsider, a fan, that he saw Rider A dope. The outsider blows the whistle. INADMISSABLE b/c that is 3rd party information. However if Rider B convenes with a grand jury or court order, that is NOT HEARSAY, that is a 1st person account and therefore admissable. Sure you can attack credibility, but if 11 former teammates say more or less the same thing against Rider A, it is foolish and illogical to conceive otherwise.
      YES LA DID FAIL DRUG TESTS. READ THE USADA REPORT before you make assumptions.

      October 22, 2012 at 7:46 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Nicholas

    I personally do not care about Armstrong's doping. What I DO care about is the wonderful organization, LIVESTRONG, that he founded for Cancer patients and survivors. LIVESTRONG is one of the best sources of info and support if you are diagnosed with one of these terrible diseases. It has helped to give me hope and empower myself with information throughout my own diagnosis, treatment and finally recovery. If Lance did dope, it certainly is not a good thing... but he has helped millions through his efforts and I, for one, am thankful for it. LIVESTRONG!!!!!

    October 22, 2012 at 4:16 am | Report abuse |
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