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Armstrong alters Twitter page

2012-10-23 09:33

Los Angeles - Lance Armstrong, stripped of seven Tour de France titles and cast into cycling oblivion on Monday, apparently acknowledged the decision on Twitter.

The phrase "7-time Tour de France winner" evaporated from Armstrong's profile on his @lancearmstrong feed on the social networking site, hours after the International Cycling Union (UCI) said it would back the far-reaching doping charges against him.

Now Armstrong's profile describes him as: "Raising my 5 kids. Fighting Cancer. Swim, bike, run and golf whenever I can."

It's a change from the "Father of 5 amazing kids, 7-time Tour de France winner, full time cancer fighter, part time triathlete" formerly posted.

It was the only immediate comment from Armstrong on the UCI decision that completed an epic fall from grace, from a cancer survivor who dominated the world's most prestigious cycle race to a cheat who was at the centre of what the US Anti-Doping Agency called "the most sophisticated, professionalised and successful doping programme that sport has ever seen."

 

AFP

Comments
  • james.hurley.1401 - 2012-10-23 10:01

    He still won them though, he just cheated his way to the top

      camp.j - 2012-10-23 10:51

      Now the hard work starts, they need to find a legitimate winner. Ullrich? Basso? Pantani? No wait, they got bust too

  • evert.vanstaaden - 2012-10-23 10:37

    Finally, I can tick 'win as many tour de france titles as Lance Armstrong' off my bucket list

  • andynct - 2012-10-23 10:38

    Armstrong's book moved to the fiction section ....

  • Plato Pravda - 2012-10-23 10:40

    Lance was probably the most tested athlete ever, yet never any trace of drugs were found in his system. So, he is found guilty without any physical evidence and on hearsay only. Lance will always be the 7 times TdF champion.

      chez.kri - 2012-10-23 11:03

      @Plato. You really need to do some research. The drugs he was doing, especially up to about 2003 could nto be tested. there was no method of testing them then. And he did more than just drug. He trafficed in drugs. Just read something before you write, or you come across as ignorant. Seriously, even his own mother would believe he drugged now.

      evert.vanstaaden - 2012-10-23 11:06

      Plato, if the guys who finished 2nd and 3rd behind Lance got busted for doping, what are the odds that he beat them without any help? The answer is very slim, unless he was rocketed from the planet krypton as a baby.

      Ryan - 2012-10-23 22:44

      Get your facts straight

  • willem.rademeyer.9 - 2012-10-23 10:47

    He crossed the line, but he still crossed the line first! :-) That he can never be stripped of.

  • helgard.coetzee.5 - 2012-10-23 10:56

    Lance Amstrong: Berig in koerant vandag. Meeste ryers van daai tyd het opkikkers gebruik. So dan was sy opkikkers net beter as die res sin.

  • Mckevin Ayaba - 2012-10-23 12:13

    Armstrong is the greatest rider of all time... Landi/Hamilton are backstabbers.. if they were not caught, the would never have confessed... why are they doing it now? if they were doping with Armstrong, why didnt they beat him even once during the period he won the 7 tour de France?

      craig.f.stuart - 2012-10-23 14:33

      well said SIR all this is a farce in my eyes Lance is the best rider that has ever left so yes he might have used drugs and if so and the tests in those days could not pick it up then as far as the results go he was negative. leave the oke alone there are better things to waist time and money on than trying to persicute him.

  • gungets.tuft - 2012-10-23 14:45

    Previous sponsors will never get their money back. They all earned billions from the advertising during the years of his 7 wins. I don't see people who bought kit from his sponsors queueing for their money back.

  • carla.croft.77 - 2012-10-23 16:04

    He did the wrong thing, but in the end, he trained for the events as well.....one can only speculate about the results he could have achieved without doping. He is a very good cyclist.....

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