Lance Armstrong

Armstrong's cycling manager banned for ten years for 'doping involvement'

Lance ArmstrongLondon, Apr 23  : The former cycling manager of disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong has reportedly been handed a ten-year ban for his involvement in doping.

The American cycling legend was stripped of his seven Tour de France titles and given a lifetime ban for doping in 2012, following which he finally admitted using banned substances in a TV interview with Oprah Winfrey in January 2013.

Lance Armstrong to compete in swimming meet

Lance-ArmstrongWashington, April 4 : Disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong tries to return to competition by signing up for three swimming events not covered by the US Anti-Doping Agency rules.

Armstrong, banned for life by the USADA from its sanctioned events for his performance-enhancing drug use during his cycling career, intended to swim this weekend at the Masters South Central Zone Swimming Championships at the University of Texas, Xinhua reports.

The 41-year-old will compete in the 40-44 age group in the 500-, 1,000- and the 1,650-yard freestyle.

U.S. government joins former teammate Landis'' doping lawsuit against Armstrong

Lance-ArmstrongLondon, Feb 23 : The U. S. government would join a doping lawsuit filed by one of Lance Armstrong''s former team-mates Floyd Landis alleging that the shamed cyclist defrauded government sponsors while he was in the US Postal team.

An American daily has reported that the Justice Department filed papers in a federal court on Friday to join the lawsuit filed by d Landis, himself an admitted dope cheat who lost the 2006 Tour de France crown because of doping.

‘Disgraced’ Armstrong’s wax figure dismantled from US museum

Lance-ArmstrongLondon, Feb 1 : In a further humiliation, disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong has had his wax model dismantled at a famous waxwork museum in the United States, following his doping confession.

The life-size wax figure of Armstrong, which previously occupied prime position in the San Francisco's Wax Museum in California, US, was taken down by museum officials and was replaced by a wax figure of pop star Beyonce, the Sun reports.

However, Curtis Huber, the museum's curator, said there was nothing personal in removing Armstrong''s wax model, and added that the cyclist is still a worthy figure for the museum.

Mark Webber explains why he distanced himself from Lance Armstrong

Lance-Armstrong-Mark-WebberSydney, Jan 30 : Red Bull ace driver Mark Webber has for the first time spoken about his friendship with banned cyclist Lance Armstrong and why they are no longer friends.

Webber said he spent time at Armstrong’s Texas ranch in 2004 and caught up with him until 2008 when their friendship ended.

In his column for the BBC, Webber said that their friendship ended in 2008 when Armstrong let his partner Ann and him down after they had organized passes for him for the Monaco Grand Prix.

WADA slams UCI's decision

WADABeijing, Jan 30 : The World Anti-Doping Agency criticised the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) for disbanding an independent investigation commission into doping and called it "deceitful".

WADA Wednesday said in a statement that cycling's world governing body "has again chosen to ignore its responsibility" by disbanding the commission examining UCI's handling in the Lance Armstrong doping case, reports Xinhua.

The UCI announced Tuesday that they shut down the commission for lack of support from WADA and the US Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) whose probe led to seven time Tour de France Armstrong's fall from grace late last year.

Sprinter Dwain Chambers says coming clean will help Armstrong

Dwain-ChambersLondon, Jan 28 : British sprinter Dwain Chambers, who is a former doping offender, has said that coming clean will be a help for disgraced cycling star Lance Armstrong, in the same way as it helped him.

The athlete, who was banned for two years after testing positive for the steroid tetrahydrogestrinone (THG) in 2003, said that being honest about his mistakes has helped him enter the new season without any stress and without the risk of uncertainty, the Daily Mail reports.

USADA chief Tygart says Armstrong’s doping confessions in Oprah show ‘full of lies’

Travis-TygarWashington, Jan 26 : The United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) chief executive, Travis Tygart has said Lance Armstrong's doping confession in Oprah Winfrey's chat show is full of lies, adding the American cyclist didn't come out clean from the interview.

Tygart claimed one of the lies Armstrong told Winfrey was that he did not dope for his 2009-2010 return to the Tour, which is a claim blood tests solidly refute, CBS News reports.

Tygart said in a letter to Armstrong, he offered him a deadline of February 6 to cooperate fully and truthfully in exchange for a possible lessening of his lifetime ban from sports, the paper reported.

Armstrong ready to co-operate with agencies to ‘clean up cycling’

Lance-ArmstrongLondon, Jan 26 : Lance Armstrong's attorney, Tim Herman has claimed his client is ready to work with the doping agencies to help them clean cycling from the stigma of drugs.

However, Herman said the sport''s governing body and world anti-doping officials should take the lead on that effort, the Sky News reports. Armstrong admitted last week in a televised interview with Oprah Winfrey that he took a variety of performance-enhancing drugs as he won seven Tour de France titles.

Most Americans want ‘drug-cheat’ Armstrong to be prosecuted: Poll

Most Americans want ‘drug-cheat’ Armstrong to be prosecuted: Poll Washington, Jan 26 : Sixty-four percent of likely American voters are of the opinion that banned cyclist Lance Armstrong should prosecuted for having lied under oath about doping for years with only 16 percent ready to forgive him, according to a Harper Polling poll.

The poll, which came out on Friday, claimed only twenty percent said they aren't sure about Armstrong's fate, Politico reports.

‘Armstrong intended to use testicular cancer as card to play if caught doping’

‘Armstrong intended to use testicular cancer as card to play if caught doping’ New York, Jan 24 : Lance Armstrong's former U. S. Postal teammate, Jonathan Vaughters has claimed in a sworn affidavit that the American intended to use his testicular cancer as a card to play if his doping sins ever came out in open.

Spanish government accused of covering-up sports’ ‘one-man Wal-Mart’ of doping

Lance-ArmstrongLondon, Jan 22 : The Spanish government has been accused of curbing proof linking footballers and tennis stars to a disreputable doctor who will go on trial in Madrid next week and has been described as a "one-man Wal-Mart" of doping, according to a report in an English daily.

Detectives in Spain have been gathering proof from all over Europe about Dr Eufemiano Fuentes since first raiding his offices in 2006, the Telegraph reports.

The inquiry, which is known as "Operation Puerto", has exposed one of the most widespread drug rings in sports history, it further added.

Armstrong says cancer made him want to 'win at all cost'

Lance-ArmstrongWashington, Jan 18 : Disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong said in an interview with US talk show host Oprah Winfrey that fighting off cancer made him try to "win at all cost" even if it meant taking performance enhancing drugs.

Armstrong was stripped of his seven Tour de France titles and banned for life as the US Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) released a scathing report in October last year, condemning him to be the centre of a "sophisticated" doping program while riding for the US Postal Service Team and Discovery Channel team between 1998-2005 in the Tour de France, reports Xinhua.

WADA says Armstrong needs to own up to doping under oath to lift ban

WADA says Armstrong needs to own up to doping under oath to lift banNew York, Jan 16 : The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) has claimed Lance Armstrong would need to admit to doping under oath to get his lifetime cycling ban removed following the American's confession on Oprah Winfrey's no-holds-barred chat show.

WADA claimed it read the media reports about Armstrong confessing to doping in Winfrey's talk show on Monday, Nypost. com reports.

According to reports, Armstrong wants to make a comeback in cycling in the recognized triathlon events.

Lance Armstrong expecting another baby with girlfriend

lance armstrongLondon, May 1 : Cycling ace Lance Armstrong and girlfriend Anna Hansen are expecting their second child together - less than a year after the couple''s first child was born.

The sportstar, who has three kids with his ex-wife Kristin, announced the news in a post on Twitter. com. Armstrong created a separate account for the new tot, which he has nicknamed Cinco Armstrong, reports The Daily Express.

Armstrong decides against competing in 2010 Giro d'Italia

Lance-ArmstrongBerlin - Lance Armstrong won't race in the 2010 Giro d'Italia, instead preferring to compete in the Tour of California.

The 38-year-old American finished 12th in this year's Giro for Astana after coming out of retirement and the seven-time Tour de France winner has since set up a new RadioShack team for next season.

The California race begins May 16 while the Giro starts on May 8. (dpa)

UCI attacks AFLD as war of words escalates

UCI attacks AFLD as war of words escalates Hamburg  - The ruling cycling body UCI has threatened to sever its ties with the French Anti-Doping Agency (AFLD) as partner for races in France over allegations that Lance Armstrong's Astana team received preferential treatment at the Tour de France.

The UCI said in a statement issued late Monday that it considers the accusations made by the AFLD against officials sent to the Tour de France to be completely unfounded and indeed very serious.

Armstrong to blood RadioShack team in Australia

Armstrong to blood RadioShack team in AustraliaSydney  - Lance Armstrong, who re-started his professional cycling career in Australia in January, will be back for the next Tour Down Under as part of the RadioShack team, officials in Adelaide said Thursday.

The Texan, who was third in this year's Tour de France while riding for Team Astana, finished the Australian six-day classic in 29th position, 49 seconds behind the winner.

The new RadioShack Team will be led by former Astana head Johan Bruyneel, who mentored Armstrong through his seven Tour de France wins.

Lance Armstrong’s fly-cycle criticised by animal welfare groups

Lance ArmstrongLondon, July 25 : Cycling superstar Lance Armstrong is under fire after it was revealed that his latest bike for the Tour de France has been decorated with hundreds of dead butterflies.

Controversial Brit artist Damien Hirst has designed the machine for America''s seven-time Tour winner to ride into Paris tomorrow.

Hirst, who had earlier created works with insects, bred the butterflies, which were then killed and their wings glued to the hi-tech bike.

But Sam Glover, of animal rights group Peta, called the stunt "barbaric".

Armstrong to announce new team, will return to Tour in 2010

Armstrong to announce new team, will return to Tour in 2010 Paris  - Seven-time Tour de France champion Lance Armstrong will return to ride in the race in 2010 with a new team.

In an interview published Wednesday in the daily L'Equipe, Armstrong said that the chances were "100 per cent" that he would race in the Tour next year.

And in a note posted on his Twitter site, he said, "Making a very cool announcement on Thursday re: a new American partner for our team in 2010 (and beyond)."

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