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Lance in provocative shirt pose

2012-11-11 20:23

Paris - Disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong posed provocatively on Sunday with his framed seven Tour de France winners jerseys, tweeting a picture of him in his Austin home - unleashing dozens of comments for and against the Texan.

"Back in Austin and just layin' around," said Armstrong to accompany the picture of him lying on a sofa below the jerseys a month after the US doping authorities stripped him of his seven titles and wiped his career record.

By mid-Sunday more than 100 000 subscribers to the social media site had seen the picture - but opinions posted to Twitter were diverse with some tweeters blasting the Texan as a cheat while others still maintain their faith in the cancer survivor.

On October 23, Armstrong removed from his Twitter biography a line referring to his seven Tour crowns ("7-time Tour de France winner") after the US Anti-Doping Agency scrapped his career race record back to 1998 on publication of a lengthy report into doping allegations.

Lance Armstrong chilling beneath his TDF winning jerseys (Photo: @lancearmstrong on Twitter)

AFP

Comments
  • andrew.hendrikse - 2012-11-11 20:48

    a bit of a sociopath.....

      abra.kadaver.1 - 2012-11-11 21:49

      he might be, but that is one awesome couch.

      lara.vanrooyen.1 - 2012-11-12 06:23

      Man, you could spend your whole life on a couch like that.

      John - 2012-11-12 08:02

      You could conceive offspring on that couch! Hope he used scotch-guard..

      dewet.strauss - 2012-11-12 10:38

      You can fit the whole Romney family on that couch

      philip.harris.967 - 2012-11-12 11:46

      The Jerseys are Armstrongs property ...and he is in his own house. Doesn't he have every right to take a picture ?

      jamie.stockley - 2012-11-12 12:53

      If you zoom in on the yellow jerseys, he's framed the syringes he used as well.

      derek.francois.3 - 2012-11-12 14:40

      Hey Andrew this is just the most arrogant assh#le there ever was in sport, its time to throw him in jail and confiscate all the money he made while cheating. The scumbag hasn't even got the balls to come clean..................even worse are the Armstrong groupie cheerleaders who blindly support this cheating scumbag coward...................

      jason.vanderspuy.5 - 2012-11-13 04:15

      Trans World Sport on Super Sport had an interesting piece on LA over the week end. He was suspected of doping even before he got cancer. And apparently there's a believe out there that his cancer was actually caused by the abuse of steroids and other illegal substances. When he returned to cycling, none of the big European teams were interested in signing him, because of these previous allegations. That’s how he ended up with the smaller American US Postal (prev Discovery) team. Very interesting

  • Kevin - 2012-11-11 21:46

    innocent in my book until something more substaintial than some written testaments from past team mates is presented.

      matusowsky - 2012-11-11 22:23

      Agree completely. Anyone familiar with the Salem Witch Trials will know that taking the word of someone as "evidence" should never be done.

      jacques.stander - 2012-11-12 06:01

      Agreed !!

      jason.vanderspuy.5 - 2012-11-12 07:19

      Pease guys, take your heads out of your a$$es. He's not innocent. He was however part of a whole industry of dopers. And happened to be the most succesful in the sport. The UCI also covered it up, or at least turned a blind eye. Read up on the case before making silly comments

      squeegee.pilot - 2012-11-12 09:16

      Hahaha. I suppose you also believe the the USA attacked itself on 9/11 and that Elvis is alive and well and living in Lenasia.

      deon.louw.7505 - 2012-11-12 12:10

      Repeated blood tests done in his old samples showed clearly signs of EPO, he is guilty. I have respect for him for his fight against cancer and for embracing some nutritional products,.but a crook he was.

  • terrylee.heuer - 2012-11-11 21:47

    I'm not a cycling fan so I don't really care but what I do care about is Lance\s fight against cancer I think anyone with cancer and going through chemo, needles, hospitals and all sorts of tests are brave and I'm glad he is rid of this awful disease!! Not so many people are as lucky!!

      albert.m.burger - 2012-11-11 23:39

      Great so does that mean that if you survive cancer you get to be an arrogant cheat?

      ooijalana - 2012-11-12 05:14

      That could also be a lie.

  • PointBlank - 2012-11-11 21:59

    you got to give it to him, he has balls... Er, ball.

  • John - 2012-11-11 21:59

    Playing devils advocate (pardon the pun), if Lance can be accused of the most elaborate conspiracy in the world of sport, with testaments alone, those very testaments could also be regarded as the most elaborate conspiracy of sport to strip the most successfully TDF winner in history of his medals, is it not? Why not? Lance is just one man, and with all the money in the world, he could not head such a conspiracy. Where did he get his 'power' from? Aliens? (maybe not, US aliens seem to be proctologists and if they abducted him, he would not have been able to stay saddled that long..). ISH!!!!!! Too complicated!!!

  • leonch - 2012-11-11 22:01

    Just leave the poor guy alone!

      John - 2012-11-11 22:05

      They're not going to. Press is gonna squeeze every last drop of blood sample from this rock..

      squeegee.pilot - 2012-11-12 13:29

      The "poor guy" is worth more than a R Bil!!! That is a Billion Rand!!! He cheated his way to riches. Mafia scum.

      andrew.hendrikse - 2012-11-12 17:22

      He chose to draw attention to himself by putting this photo up on twitter!! the biggest cheat in history!

  • lisa.a.bradshaw - 2012-11-11 22:02

    I think this is brilliant..well done Lance...innocent till actually proven guilty...show us the doping samples!!

      Barefoot - 2012-11-12 06:54

      eh just came out of a year long coma?

      deon.louw.7505 - 2012-11-12 12:12

      You should try to get DSTV and watch Carte Blanche, they showed his posetive results on old samples.

      squeegee.pilot - 2012-11-12 17:31

      Ag Lisa. Roll over so that you can fall out of bed and wake up.

  • japie.marais - 2012-11-11 22:08

    D..s!!

  • craig.bedingfield.3 - 2012-11-11 22:10

    What a CHAMP!

      badladballie - 2012-11-11 22:31

      NOT!

      jason.dutoit - 2012-11-12 07:59

      you got that wrong: what a chUmp

      foc.us.10004 - 2012-11-12 10:12

      I think you actually meant CHOP!!

  • zubair.patel.77 - 2012-11-11 22:42

    Entire countries have been invaded without proof of wrong doing (and still remain occupied). So for Lance to pull a stunt, like he did, for so many years is not far fetched.

      John - 2012-11-11 22:53

      Comparing the power wielded by a country to that of a single man. Awesome opening statement. You must really think highly of the 'evil-masterminded' Lance. He must be a genius.

      John - 2012-11-11 22:54

      PS maybe Lance will invade Madagascar... He loved that cartoon..

  • Stewart Croucamp - 2012-11-12 01:17

    Lance you are still a hero.

      she.is.here.777 - 2012-11-12 10:51

      Hero? No, brilliant athlete yes!

  • lala.kunene - 2012-11-12 03:12

    attention seeker...

  • leon.carstens.77 - 2012-11-12 06:42

    People must start to wake up......... Steroids is the norm around top athletes these days...... Go see a good doctor and it will get washed out of your system in a few days!! Yes he got caught but I'm sure all the fat/overweight/lazy/unfit people will crucify him because they can do better!!! Doesn't matter what steroids you use, lance will out cycle 99.9% of the cyclists!!! He has a talent and talent don't come in 10ml amps!!

  • tamlin.vanheerver - 2012-11-12 07:52

    Im sorry how small is his winky? Who goes to a persons house and all they have in the tv room is medals / jerserys / whatever, of....THEM! I mean, "look at me I have the smallest willy in the world!" haha, pathetic.

      bless.boswell - 2012-11-12 08:30

      With you 100%! Imagine living with all that bling in your face - especially since he earned it dishonestly. And let's not have all the "innocent until proven guilty..." He admitted it!

      christoffvstaden - 2012-11-12 08:51

      Real knee-jerk reaction! Just because you don't understand the psychological make-up of a man and his constant desire to achieve and overcome limitations, you in all your wisdom decided that his pride is an attempt to compensate for a small penis? I think you have a warped sense of what men and achievement is about. If anything, you belittling his achievements says a lot about your bitchy and nasty character, not to even mention your inability to distinguish between the truth and the projections going on in your mind... Typical feminist twaddle!

      tamlin.vanheerver - 2012-11-12 09:28

      you keep wearing your spandex pants with fake advertising on it because you want to be seen as someone important, but in reality you are a no one, a sheep in the herd. Is your house full of posters of YOU and medals of YOU and YOU YOU YOU YOU, do you get off on people when they walk into your house and all they see is, "christoff won this and Christoff came 2nd in that, bla bla bla." Get over yourself and be humble, not some twat who is dying for attention and for people to love because what you have achieved and not for who you are!

      christoffvstaden - 2012-11-12 09:55

      @tamlin: Keep on embarrassing yourself!

      tamlin.vanheerver - 2012-11-12 11:14

      says the boy who cuts his hair like Justin Bieber! haha

      tracy.emmett.3 - 2012-11-12 12:27

      @Tamlin, your comments are ridiculous! Firstly, you have no right to judge the way anyone displays their achievements! Secondly, nowhere in the article does it say it's in his TV room. You'd be surprised as to how many people have 'trophy rooms'... Regardless of how Lance achieved them, anyone with that kind of achievement would have them displayed for everyone to see. Displaying your achievements does not make you any less humble than the guy next to you...(Clearly you know nothing about the Livestrong cancer foundation) To some people, cycling makes them who they are, they train for hours a day, EVERY day and those sponsorships you mention on their kit, that's how they make a living and support their families.. I strongly suggest you find yourself a pair of 'spandex' and get out there on the road and see what an achievement it is to finish even 40km! (Nevermind the 3000km of the Tour de France)... Then see how quickly you tell everyone about your 'achievement'!

  • jacques.engelbrecht.129 - 2012-11-12 08:22

    Looking at some of the comments I see some people have not actually seen all the evidence other than testimonies. Before you jump to his defense, I also stood behind him in the beginning until I actually did some research, do the same and go read up on all the evidence and how long ago they have been in possession of this, how many other athletes came clean after such evidence came to light..

  • craig.jenkinson1 - 2012-11-12 08:30

    All the top riders doped. In fact I'm sure most of the peleton was doping. Lance is no angel - but neither are the other riders angels. Worse is the fact that the officials allowed this to happen and indeed were complicit in many cases. I still think Lance is one of the great riders, with Indurain, of the modern era.

  • charmaine.byron - 2012-11-12 08:48

    hehehe I love the "in your face" approach!!! and seeing that I am by no means qualified to judge him, my opinion means diddly-squat!!!

  • stanley.searra - 2012-11-12 09:00

    As a cyclist and a huge Armstrong fan, I will support this man till the day i die, What he has done for the sport of cycling is amazing, not only has he changed the face of racing but has changed the lives of many riders and many more.. Re Doping: Yes it does look like he has doped...BUT even if you and I use what they claimed he used..WE will never achieve the level that he was on... You still need to do the hard training = hours a day, Live,eat,sleep Cycling......Its not like u use EPO and then it transformes you into this machine of a cyclist.............. Never failed a doping test!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! How do you do that if you dope year in and year out?

      darren.peach - 2012-11-12 10:03

      Did you watch that ABC Documentary on Carte Blanche ? You got to yourself, Why would all these people, Many who Risk being ridiculed for taking on a living legend say he is guilty ? What about the tests he did fail which was shown on Carte Blanche ? The only thing that is different about Lance is he is a Cancer Survivor. The man is Guilty and society needs to accept it . Brainwashed fans like you live in a Fantasy world and when this guy has to finally concede I wonder what you are going to say then ?

      John - 2012-11-12 10:22

      Only problem with that arguement is that he didn't start 'a living legend'. He was just/only an arrogant American. If he was the master mind from the start, what ridicule would you suffer from blowing the whistle from the get go? He was a nobody. I don't buy the story about being scared of 'ridicule' that's BS. Assuming everything is true, then the implication is that everyone jumped ship at the last possible moment to save their own behinds. ALL team mates that testified got reduced sentences. Sweet deal to be a judas isn't it? Not saying Lance is innocent, but he is such a huge name it is blimmin' convenient to have him as a scape goat of all evils in cycling, the new brand name of all that is wrong with the sport. BS. Ridicule? Nonsense.

  • she.is.here.777 - 2012-11-12 09:36

    Bwhahaha brilliant!

  • richard.hipkin - 2012-11-12 10:51

    Haters gonna hate.

  • richard.hipkin - 2012-11-12 10:51

    I still maintain, if he was doping and so was everyone else and he STILL beat them, that makes him a winner!

      russel.lunt - 2012-11-12 12:52

      They should give the TDF titles to the first guy across the line who didn't dope in each event. Good luck finding those guys; I wonder how far down the field they were... While they're at it they should ban all the people in between and sue them for their gains, otherwise this just looks like a witch hunt rather than cycling cleaning up its considerably tarnished act.

      cape.maori - 2012-11-12 13:11

      Hail King Lance - the greatest cyclist ever!!! Finish en klaar!

  • cape.maori - 2012-11-12 13:09

    Hail King Lance - the greatest cyclist ever!!! Finish en klaar!

  • adriaan.olivier.589 - 2012-11-12 15:20

    The poor man is only trying to carve out a new career in modelling, lawsuits ain't cheap! At least in modelling when you cheat with Photoshop it's considered a good thing!

  • jason.vanderspuy.5 - 2012-11-13 04:05

    Trans World Sport on Super Sport had an interesting piece on LA over the week end. He was suspected of doping even before he got cancer. And apparently there's a believe out there that his cancer was actually caused by the abuse of steroids and other substances. When he returned to cycling, none of the big European teams were interested in signing him, because of these previous allegations. Thats how he ended up with the smaller American US Postal (prev Discovery) team. Very interesting

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