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Lance Armstrong was stripped of all the accolades he won in his cycling career after he confessed on a television show that he used banned substances in order to secure his all seven Tour de France victories.
Lance Armstrong was also banned for life from participating in any recognised cycling event. An independent commission was formed to investigate doping in the port of cycling. The commission is all set to bring out a detailed report within a couple of weeks. Lance Armstrong had to visit the commission twice and this year in the month of January, Armstrong said that he is hopeful of his lifetime ban to be reduced.
Lance Armstrong also criticised Brian Cookson being the president of UCI to regarding which Cookson has said that he does not attach much importance to what Lance Armstrong would say about him and further added that like everyone, Lance Armstrong is also entitled to his own opinion.
He said that Armstrong’s visiting the commission is known to him and he said that Armstrong always has an agenda behind everything he does. Cookson refused to make any further statement until he learns in details about what Armstrong has said to the commission.
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Tejay Van Gardener (BMC Racing Team) is receiving tremendous help from Lance Armstrong (former professional cyclist) for his race preparations. In an interview with the Rouleur Magazine, Armstrong said that he has been playing an important role in Van Gardener’s preparation for the Grand Tour.
Currently, Lance Armstrong has been banned from participating in any professional cycling competitions and any sports events sanctioned by USA Cycling because of doping. He was also stripped from all his Tour de France titles. In October, Armstrong was not allowed to participate in Gran Fondo Cycling Event.
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Lance Armstrong is one of the former disgraced cyclists. He tried the fledgling sport in Austin Texas and made a very unwelcoming debut in a new sport. It was the ‘Beer Mile’ that he tried his hand at. In 1980s in the US the ‘Beer Mile’ originated. The competition was to drink a can full of beer ahead of each of the four laps for a running track of 400m.
Lance had tried to enhance his performance by using drugs during his career but he did not have alcohol on the list. Lance has won seven Tour De France titles. He also finished the New York city Marathon in less than three hours that too twice. Lance can no longer cycle as he has been banned for a lifetime from cycling. Sine Lance once had been accused and found taking PEDs, human growth hormone, testosterone throughout his career, all the victories were stripped away.
Lance recently decided to take on a new sporting challenge. He tried to qualify for the Flo Beer Mile World Championships which was being held in Austin, Texas. However, after Lance successfully downed the first can and completed the lap he soon dropped out of the event which was for qualifying. Lance after giving up exclaimed that this was not what he expected the event to turn out. He did not want to drop out early. Fellow competitors have said that they would love to see him again and that he was a competitor.
James Nielsen was the first competitor this year who ran the Beer Mile in less than five minutes. Not only that, he also set a record time of 4.57 in San Francisco, California.
The Flo Beer Mile championship is going to take place on December 3 in Austin.
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Lance Armstrong was planning to participate in the George Hincapie Gran Fondo on the 25th of October, 2014 in South Carolina. However, after USA Cycling consulted UCI (International Cycling Union) and USADA (US Anti Doping Agency), it released a statement on 23rd October, 2014 that Lance Armstrong cannot be associated with the cycling event in accordance to the WADA Code.
The George Hincapie Gran Fondo is a non-competitive cycling event which has been sanctioned by USA Cycling. Thus according to WADA Code, Lance Armstrong does not have the right to participate in any of the event sanctioned by USA Cycling due to his lifetime ban.
Armstrong had been banned from professional cycling by USADA in the year 2012 because of doping to which Armstrong admitted in the year 2013 in an interview given to Oprah Winfrey.
This week only it was reported that Armstrong was hoping to ride with former teammates of the US Postal Service like Kevin Livingston, Christian Vande Velde, Michael Berry, Tom Danielson and George Hincapie during the Gran Fondo event. However, now it seems Armstrong will not be allowed to participate in the event.
USADA had communicated with USA Cycling on 23rd of October, 2014 in order to confirm whether the Gran Fondo event was an authorized event or not according to the WADA Code. Thus after interpreting the WADA Code rules, USA Cycling came to the conclusion that because Armstrong is facing lifetime ban, he cannot be a part of the George Hincapie Gran Fondo cycling event.
Several professionals such as Larry Warbasse, Brent Bookwalter and Tejay van Garderen (all three are BMC Racing Team riders) were asked to comment on their association with ex-dopers. Tejay van Garderen was of the opinion that Lance Armstrong should be given a break because he deserved it after facing the brunt of the USADA investigation that had taken place.
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