Lance Armstrong

Lance Armstrong

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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It hurts to start and it's difficult to be consistent.

Nowadays we all want clean sport. And fortunately an organization called WADA has come along and has really governed the world of anti-doping. They have set about a protocol and a code that everybody has to live by. And [the lab] violated the code several times.

Anything is possible. You can be told that you have a 90-percent chance or a 50-percent chance or a 1-percent chance but you have to believe and you have to fight.

There's a setup here and I'm stuck in the middle of it

I'm happy with the way my career ended. I'm not going back

But if you ride your bike a mile away she is not gonna find you.

I know people that have ridden with him. And I can tell you he's one competitive dude.

It was a hard climb. Maybe I was still a little bit heavy for a climb like that. The difficult days are a month away and we're still on schedule. There's no stress.

It's a strange climb ... long but not very steep so you can keep 30 40 50 guys and they can take shots at you from the back.

Jan's not finished. He starts slow and he's a tough guy who doesn't give up. He might have taken one on the chin today but he always comes back and is strong in the last week.

I realized that the Tour is the one race that makes me tick ... It's the one that wakes me up early. And it's the one when I'm suffering like a dog in training that makes me dig that much deeper. Nothing compares.

I had finally adjusted to the jet lag of the trip, but woke up this morning with a sore throat that seemed to get worse all day.

If you've started treatment and you miss a week or two weeks it's potentially fatal. For me and the foundation we just looked at that and asked not just what can we do but how does it fit into our mission?

For Jean-Marie to say that was a shock to me ... I actually spoke to him that very same day for about 30 minutes on the telephone. I called him at his house in Paris and he didn't say any of those things to me. In fact he was just sort of hemmed and hawed and said 'I'm surprised.' I said 'Yes I'm surprised too. I think we're all surprised.'

The system has seriously failed. And when the system fails you have to go to the head. And he won't answer the questions.

It was a great day especially with the weather. First the heat then the thunder then the sun again. For the overall standings it is great.

I sit around some nights and I wonder what it would be like to be retired

I opened it back up because in my heart it seemed like the right answer. But now I know I couldn't go to France and get a fair shake on the road in doping control or the hotels.

I'm sorry for you ... I'm sorry you don't believe in miracles.

The question is not about me but about the process and the ethics

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