Lance Edward Armstrong (born September 18, 1971) is an American former professional road racing cyclist. Armstrong is the 1993 professional world champion, and won the Tour de France a record seven consecutive times from 1999 to 2005. However, in 2012, he was banned from sanctioned Olympic sports for life as a result of long-term doping offenses. As part of those sanctions, all results going back to August 1998, including his seven Tour wins, were voided.
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How can you prosecute a guy when there have been what must be violations of the WADA (World Anti-Doping Agency) code? ... The code says when there is just one sample available that sample must always be anonymous. Second that sample can't be used without permission. These are serious violations.
We've always had parties or celebrations on that day. It was just a way to do something for a city that has done a lot of things for me. We're basically saying thank you for all the support.
You try to take all of that in. It will have been almost a year since I have heard that as a sportsman. It will be neat to get a little of that back.
[Cancer] is a big big problem. It's an old problem and people have sort of gotten used to it ... Let's make it a priority again. Let's put it out there. Let's fix the problem.
[It got worse. In the brick-oven heat of stage 12 Armstrong miscalculated the amount of water he would need--] Dumb ... That's as close as I've come to just getting off the bike and quitting.
Armstrong threatens to come back
Unfortunately the witch hunt continues and tomorrow's article is nothing short of tabloid journalism ... I will simply restate what I have said many times: I have never taken performance-enhancing drugs.
EPO is a powerful drug ... Some say it makes you 10 percent faster. Let's say I took EPO in 1999 and didn't take it from 2000 to 2005. My performance never dropped off. Obviously I'm not saying I did. But I only got faster.
You have to live with the crashes and hope you don't get into one