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July 5, 2012 | By Chuck Schilken
Lance Armstrong accused U.S. Anti-Doping Agency Chief Executive Travis Tygart on Thursday of carrying out a "vendetta" against him in reaction to reports that five former teammates of the seven-time Tour de France champion received reduced doping suspensions in exchange for testifying against him. “So let me get this straight … come in and tell them exactly what they wanted to hear and you get complete immunity AND anonymity? I never got that offer,” Armstrong said in an email to the Associated Press.
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July 5, 2012 | By Chuck Schilken
Lance Armstrong accused U.S. Anti-Doping Agency Chief Executive Travis Tygart on Thursday of carrying out a "vendetta" against him in reaction to reports that five former teammates of the seven-time Tour de France champion received reduced doping suspensions in exchange for testifying against him. “So let me get this straight … come in and tell them exactly what they wanted to hear and you get complete immunity AND anonymity? I never got that offer,” Armstrong said in an email to the Associated Press.
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July 7, 2010 | By Diane Pucin
Reporting from Reims, France — It was almost an OK day for Lance Armstrong. He had no flat tires, no falls, nothing unexpected during Wednesday's Stage 4 of the Tour de France. The route was flat and simple and contested mostly at the finish line when 36-year-old Italian Alessandro Petacchi outsprinted everyone and won the 95.3-mile ride that had begun in Cambrai, France, and finished here in the capital of the Champagne region. Then came the unexpected. A heckler. After the race, Armstrong stood near the RadioShack team bus and explained to reporters what his simple plan had been for Wednesday.
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July 7, 2010 | By Diane Pucin
Reporting from Reims, France — It was almost an OK day for Lance Armstrong. He had no flat tires, no falls, nothing unexpected during Wednesday's Stage 4 of the Tour de France. The route was flat and simple and contested mostly at the finish line when 36-year-old Italian Alessandro Petacchi outsprinted everyone and won the 95.3-mile ride that had begun in Cambrai, France, and finished here in the capital of the Champagne region. Then came the unexpected. A heckler. After the race, Armstrong stood near the RadioShack team bus and explained to reporters what his simple plan had been for Wednesday.
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July 2, 2010 | By Diane Pucin
When Lance Armstrong appears at the start line Saturday in Rotterdam, Holland, for the 2010 Tour de France, it will be for the last time. The last time he takes off on the three-week, 21-stage marathon that has defined his cycling career. The last time he aims at climbing some of the highest mountains in the world. The last time he measures himself against the best in the world. Armstrong, the seven-time champion, won't be the favorite. That would be Spaniard Alberto Contador, the defending champion who was uncomfortable having Armstrong as a teammate last year.
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May 16, 2010 | By Diane Pucin
This is the power of Lance Armstrong. People he has never met strain to touch him — if only with their fingertips, as if he can deliver salvation. People he has never met strain to get near him — but to spit at him in fury, as if he embodied evil. Love and hate is woven into the life of this 38-year-old Texan, a seven-time winner of cycling's most grueling race, the Tour de France; a man who gives of himself to cancer patients in ways others can't because he was one; a man who tried to stay retired only to get back on his bike to raise money for charity.
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August 10, 2007 | Diane Pucin, Times Staff Writer
Discovery Channel, the only U.S.-based professional level cycling team, will announce today that it has been unable to find a new sponsor and will disband at the end of the 2007 racing season, according to sources The team partially owned by seven-time Tour de France champion Lance Armstrong has been searching for a new sponsor since last spring when the cable television company announced it would not re-sign.
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August 13, 2004 | Diane Pucin, Times Staff Writer
Although it will be a beautiful trip for the eyes, a travel poster for Athens with the passes in front of the glimmering Acropolis, several cyclists said Thursday that the course for Saturday's Olympic road race was unnecessarily dangerous. "I know it's not easy to come up with a course through a city like this," said Tyler Hamilton, a member of the U.S. team. "I know they want the course to go past the Acropolis and to make the city look good. But I wish they'd check with the cyclists.
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August 22, 1988 | From Times Wire Services
Davis Phinney posted the biggest victory of his career Sunday by winning the Coors International Bicycle race in his hometown of Boulder, Colo. Phinney, 29, finished in 44 hours 53 minutes, 1:59 ahead of teammate Andrew Hampsten. Alex Stieda, 27, of Coquitlam, British Columbia, finished third, 2:32 back. "I never would have expected it," Phinney said. "Most of the things in my career I expected, but this was such a departure. This year, I've raced harder and better than I ever have in my life."
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July 6, 1996 | From Associated Press
Complaining of a worsening cold and possible bronchitis, Lance Armstrong pulled out of the Tour de France one-third of the way into Friday's rain-drenched sixth stage. Stephane Heulot of France held his overall lead after the stage, which was won by Dutchman Michael Boogerd. Heulot has led for three days. Armstrong, a U.S. Olympic cyclist, had fallen about two minutes behind the main pack when he pulled out. He was 51st in the overall standings at the time.
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July 2, 2010 | By Diane Pucin
When Lance Armstrong appears at the start line Saturday in Rotterdam, Holland, for the 2010 Tour de France, it will be for the last time. The last time he takes off on the three-week, 21-stage marathon that has defined his cycling career. The last time he aims at climbing some of the highest mountains in the world. The last time he measures himself against the best in the world. Armstrong, the seven-time champion, won't be the favorite. That would be Spaniard Alberto Contador, the defending champion who was uncomfortable having Armstrong as a teammate last year.
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May 16, 2010 | By Diane Pucin
This is the power of Lance Armstrong. People he has never met strain to touch him — if only with their fingertips, as if he can deliver salvation. People he has never met strain to get near him — but to spit at him in fury, as if he embodied evil. Love and hate is woven into the life of this 38-year-old Texan, a seven-time winner of cycling's most grueling race, the Tour de France; a man who gives of himself to cancer patients in ways others can't because he was one; a man who tried to stay retired only to get back on his bike to raise money for charity.
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September 7, 2005 | Diane Pucin, Times Staff Writer
Lance Armstrong said Tuesday that recent drug allegations by a French newspaper may inspire him to compete in the 2006 Tour de France, aiming for an unprecedented eighth consecutive title. "While I'm absolutely enjoying my time as a retired athlete with Sheryl [Crow] and the kids, the recent smear campaign out of France has awoken my competitive side," Armstrong said in a statement posted on his website.
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