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I have been dealing with claims that I cheated and had an unfair advantage in winning my seven Tours since 1999. Lance Armstrong
I said, Mum gave it to me. He [father] grabbed it [bicycle] out of my hand and stomped and stomped and stomped. Smashed it to bits. Unkind. When I left school, he opened the door, looked at me and said, ‘Out!’ And he opened the door. And I went out ... I was then sleeping rough. Norman Wisdom
Lance Armstrong had begun an incredible comeback before his winning streak had even begun beating the odds to recover from cancer ... Armstrong surprised everyone by winning the 1999 Tour de France ... He raced in 2000 and won again. By 2001 he was totally dominant ... In 2005 he completed an incredible winning streak by winning his seventh Tour de France. Hall of Fame: Winning Streaks
Champion or cheat? Legend or liar? Miracle man or a master of deceit? This is the story you don’t know. The drugs. The Deception. And the damage done. Cycling’s Greatest Fraud, National Geographic 2013
1999 the US Pro Cycling team …Lance Armstrong was the team’s rising star and leader. ibid.
Armstrong urges them to start doping … The best team possible. ibid.
EPO: a thermos full of EPO … One of his drugs tests come back positive for Cortisone. ibid.
‘To Americans, Lance Armstrong is cycling superman.’ Storyville: The Lance Armstrong Story: Stop at Nothing aka The Armstrong Lie, commentary, BB
Many ex-teammates testified against Lance Armstrong. ibid.
It might never have happened had he hadn’t decided to take a victory lap in 2009. The comeback: what was he thinking? ibid.
‘The Armstrong Lie’ article offered proof that Armstrong’s first Tour win had not been clean. ibid.
Pro cycling continued to suffer through doping scandals. ibid.
‘The man, Lance Armstrong from Texas, now has destroyed the field.’ ibid. UK race commentary, Col d’Aubisque
Even in 1999 Lance came close to getting caught when steroids showed up in a urine test. ibid.
He [Michele Ferrari] had sources inside anti-doping labs who kept him updated on the latest tests: Ferrari’s whole programme was cloaked in secrecy. ibid.
The star witness was an Italian cyclist Filippo Simeoni: in 2004 the Italian court convicted Dr Ferrari of sporting fraud forcing Armstrong to publicly end their relationship. However, Ferrari’s conviction would be overturned two years later. ibid.
‘At the time I didn’t lose sleep over it.’ ibid. Armstrong
‘Our cancer has returned.’ ibid. journalist
The undertow of Floyd’s [Landis] resentment would in the end lead to the downfall of Lance Armstrong. ibid.
‘He tried to wreck their lives.’ ibid. colleague
2010: Armstrong’s comeback brought all of his enemies out of the woodwork. ibid. under testimony
Riding high, riding free, master of your own fate, this is the way to travel. Storyville: Velorama, citing black-n-white public information film, BBC 2014
He is a person who gets into people’s heads. And he knows that. He likes that. It’s just the core of his identity that he’s able to do that. Storyville: Lance, Bonnie Ford, ESPN, BBC 2021
Since admitting in 2013 that he used performance enhancing drugs, Lance Armstrong has been fighting multiple lawsuits. The final lawsuit alleged that Armstrong defrauded the US Postal Service by accepting sponsorship money while doping. ibid. captions
I educated myself on what was being given and I chose to do it. ibid. Lance
Teen triathlete able to compete with the top pros. ibid. newspaper article
I enjoyed the escape of being on a bike … I can get in a faraway place. ibid. Lance
Lance Armstrong, 21 years of age, is America’s second only world ever road-race champion. ibid. race commentary
Tour de France: This circus at the boundary of human performance. ibid. Peter Flax
It was just ingrained in the culture of the sport. ibid.
Every headline starts with the word ‘disgraced’. Or some version of that word ‘disgraced’. Storyville: Lance II
The balance of power was really established in that first 2000 Tour and it never really changed, and in fact as time went by Armstrong’s superiority complex increased and Ulrich’s inferiority complex decreased. ibid. Daniel Friebe
Hey, it could be worse. I could by Floyd Landis. Waking up a piece of shit every day. ibid. Lance
When Lance won the prologue to the 1999 Tour, I was close to tears. When I heard he was working with Michele Ferrari, I was devastated. If Lance is clean, it is the greatest comeback in the history of sport. If he isn’t, it would be the greatest fraud. ibid. Greg LeMond
LeMond-Armstrong dispute heads to court: The long-standing allegations of drug use that have sullied the world of professional bicycle racing have led to a public falling out between Tour de France winner Greg LeMond and Trek Bicycle Corp, over seven-time tour winner Lance Armstrong. ibid. Minneapolis Star Tribune article David Phelps
What is the worst thing? … Probably the way I treated and spoke about Emma O’Reilly [former soigneur, US postal service]. ibid.
Mr Armstrong, tested positive for EPO and made a financial agreement with Mr Verbruggen to keep the positive test hidden … during the Tour de France the entire team did transfusions. ibid. Floyd Landis
Then the Lance doping scandal erupted, and I had to put the film aside ... Why did he come back? The Armstrong Lie, Channel 4 2014
‘It’s very hard to conceal the truth for ever.’ ibid.
The comeback was not a new beginning but the beginning of the end. ibid.
Armstrong’s comeback brought all of his enemies out of the woodwork. ibid.
[They] were willing to be fooled ... loved the beautiful lie more than the ugly truth. ibid.
In 2003 the US Department of Justice joined Floyd Landis in suing Lance Armstrong for defrauding the US Postal Service. Armstrong faces damages of over $100 million. ibid.
I can’t work in an office. I don’t like wearing suits. I like to ride. Fixed gear, steel frame, no breaks, the bike cannot coast. The peddles never stop turning. Premium Rush 2012 starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt & Michael Shannnon & Dania Ramirez & Jamie Chung & Wole Parks & Henry O & Brian Koppelman et al, director David Koepp, opening scene courier on bike
[Butch throws his bicycle away] The future’s all yours, you lousy bicycles. Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid 1969 starring Robert Redford & Paul Newman & Katharine Ross & Strother Martin & Henry Jones & Jeff Corey & George Furth & Cloris Leachman & Ted Cassidy & Kenneth Mars et al, director George Roy Hill
A woman without a man is like a fish without a bicycle. Gloria Steinem, attributed
Every time I see an adult on a bicycle, I no longer despair for the future of the human race. H G Wells
When I was a kid I used to pray every night for a new bicycle. Then I realised that the Lord doesn’t work that way so I stole one and asked Him to forgive me. Emo Philips
If I can bicycle, I bicycle. David Attenborough
When the spirits are low, when the day appears dark, when work becomes monotonous, when hope hardly seems worth having, just mount a bicycle and go out for a spin down the road, without thought on anything but the ride you are taking. Arthur Conan Doyle
It is by riding a bicycle that you learn the contours of a country best, since you have to sweat up the hills and coast down them. Ernest Hemingway
Nothing compares to the simple pleasure of riding a bike. John F Kennedy