THE ARMSTRONG LIE
Timeline: Lance Armstrong
1971: September 18, born Lance Edward Gunderson in Plano, Texas.
1987: Becomes a professional triathlete at 16.
1993: Jul. 11, 1993: Wins first Tour de France Stage (stage 8) in his first Tour de
1995: May 7 1995: Armstrong wins the Tour DuPont, the United States' most
1996: Armstrong the year as the top-ranked cyclist in the world.
Summer '96: Competes at the Olympic Games in Atlanta, where he finishes 6th
men's time trial and 12th in the men's road race.
Oct. 9 1996: Announces he has testicular cancer that has spread to his abdomen and
lungs. His doctor puts the chances of recovery at 65 to 85 percent and describes the
state of the cancer as "advanced."
Oct. 25 1996: undergoes brain surgery to remove two lesions at Indiana University
Hospital in Indianapolis. He returns home after the chemotherapy.
Jan. 11 1997: Lance resumes training with the new Cofidis team in Wasquehal, France.
Oct. 1997: Founds the Lance Armstrong Foundation, later to be known as the
Livestrong Foundation, to advocate for cancer research and support cancer
Oct. 15 1997: Joins US Postal Service Team
Jun 12, 1998: Wins the opening stage of the Tour of Luxembourg, his first win since he
was treated for testicular cancer.
Jul. 25 1999: Wins 1st Tour de France title. Riding for the U.S. Postal Service team,
Armstrong wins the race prologue along with the 8th, 9th and 19th stages. He
becomes only the second American to win the Tour.
-- During the 1999 TdF Lance tests positive for corticosteroids. Doping
accusations are dropped after Armstrong produced a phony back dated
prescription for a saddle sore cream that contained cortisone.
May 22, 2000: Publishes book It's Not About the Bike about his comeback from cancer.
Jul. 23, 2000: Armstrong wins his 2nd Tour de France title. -- He's the second
American to repeat as champion since Greg LeMond won the race in 1989 and 1990.
Nov. 8, 2000: USPS is investigated in a preliminary enquiry into doping, launched
by the prosecuting office in Paris. The investigation was prompted by an anonymous
note from France 3 TV journalists to prosecutor Jean-Pierre Dintilhac in Paris who
claimed that plastic bags originating from US Postal team vehicles were transferred
to a German car before being disposed of.
Jul 23, 2001: David Walsh takes Armstrong to task over USPS enquiry. Lance fields
questions from Walsh about his relationship with Dr. Michele Ferrari at press
Jul. 31, 2001: Armstrong wins 3rd
Tour de France.
Jul. 28, 2002: Wins 4th
Tour de France. Joins Jacques Anquetil, Bernard Hinault,
Eddy Merckx and Miguel Indurain as the only riders to win four Tours.
Sep. 3 2002: After nearly 2 yrs, French authorities close USPS investigation due to
lack of evidence.
-- Lance donates $25,000 to the UCI
Jul. 27, 2003: Wins 5th
Tour de France. (Only Miguel Indurain has 5 straight wins.)
Oct. 7 2003: Armstrong's book Every Second Counts is published.
May 24, 2004: Nike Creates Livestrong bracelet campaign
Jun. 15 2004: Armstrong is accused of taking performance-enhancing drugs in L.A.
Confidentiel: Les secrets de Lance Armstrong written by David Walsh (The Sunday
Times) and Pierre Ballester (former writer for l'Equipe). Emma O'Reilly (USPS
team masseuse) revealed that she took clandestine trips to pick up and drop off what
she concluded were doping products.
Jun. 22 2004: A French judge rejects the request by Lance Armstrong's lawyer to force
the publisher of "L.A. Confidentiel" to include in each copy of the book a statement by
Armstrong denouncing the book's accusation that he has engaged in doping during his
Jul. 2004: Armstrong "attacks" Filippo Simeoni during TdF. (Simeoni told
authorities that Michele Ferrari, also Armstrong's coach, helped him to dope. Armstrong
called him a liar. Simeoni sued for defamation and lost).
Jul. 25, 2004: Wins 6th
Tour de France, making him the winningest Tour rider ever.
Oct. 1, 2004: Lance's Dr. Ferrari is given a 12-month suspended jail sentence for
malpractice by an Italian court based partially on testimony from racer Filippo
Simeoni. Ferrari was involved with the US Postal Service Cycling Team until October
2004, helping Armstrong train during several of his seven consecutive Tour de
Mar. 31, 2005: Armstrong's former personal assistant Mike Anderson claims he found a
box of androstenone while cleaning Armstrong's bathroom. Armstrong denied the claim
and issued a countersuit. Armstrong and Anderson reached an out-of-court settlement.
Apr. 18 2005: Armstrong announces he is retiring from professional cycling.
Jul 24 2005: Wins his 7th
and final Tour de France with Discovery Channel team.
Aug 23, 2005: French sports newspaper L'Equipe reports that Armstrong used EPO in
1999 to win his first of 7 consecutive Tours de France in their article "Le Mensonge
Armstrong" (The Armstrong Lie). Lance responds calling it a "witch hunt".
Aug. 25 2005: "I have never doped, I can say it again, but I have said it for seven years --
it doesn't help." --- Armstrong on CNN's Larry King Live after media reports surfaced
that urine samples taken from Armstrong in 1999 and then frozen tested positive for
-- By end of year, 55 million Livestrong wristbands are sold.
May 2006: Italian Court of Appeal in Bologna absolves Dr. Michele Ferrari of all
May 31, 2006: Lance is cleared of doping allegations that stemmed from 1999 drug test.
Report states re-testing fell far below scientific standards.
Jun. 23, 2006: French newspaper "Le Monde" reported it received a copy of Betsy
Andreu's sworn statements before an arbitration panel in January claiming
Armstrong told a doctor he had used the blood-boosting hormone EPO and other
drugs. Betsy Andreu's testimony came in a legal dispute over whether Armstrong was
owed a $5 million bonus for winning in 2004.
Jun. 26, 2006: Greg LeMond tells l'Equipe newspaper that Armstrong threatened him for
criticizing his relationship with Dr. Ferrari. "Lance threatened me," he said. "He
threatened my wife, my business, my life. His biggest threat consisted of saying that he
(Armstrong) would find ten people to testify that I took EPO."
Sep. 12, 2006: Frankie Andreu and anonymous former teammate admit EPO use to
NYT. Andreu said that he took EPO for only a few races. Both of Armstrong's former
teammates also said they never saw Armstrong take any banned substances.
Sep. 13 2006: In a statement, Armstrong lashes out against NYT article detailing
Andreu's confession calling it a "blatant attempt to associate me and implicate me with a
former teammate's admission that he took banned substances during his career"
July 3, 2007: Lance vehemently denies doping in interview with CBS News journalist
and cancer survivor Bob Schieffer at the Aspen Ideas Festival. "I was on my death bed.
You think I'm going to come back into a sport and say, 'OK, OK doctor give me
everything you got, I just want to go fast?' No way. I would never do that."
Sept. 9 2008: Announces his intention to return to professional cycling.
Dec. 1 2008: Armstrong announces on his website that he will participate in the 2009
Tour de France.
Jan. 18, 2009: Armstrong finishes 64th out of 133 starters in the 30-lap, 51-kilometer
criterium in Adelaide, Australia, his first race since winning his seventh Tour de France
Feb 13, 2009: Armstrong and Irish journalist Paul Kimmage face off at Tour of
California press conference over "cancer" comments in which Kimmage refers to
Lance as a cancer in the sport.
Mar. 23, 2009: Involved in a crash in the first stage of the Vuelta a Castilla y Leon in
BaltanÃ¡s, Spain and breaks his collarbone. He's back training four days after surgery.
April 2009: the AFLD, France's anti-doping agency, accuses Armstrong of not fully
cooperating with a drug tester. He denies the accusation. The case known as "shower-gate" is closed later that month.
Jul. 27, 2009: Armstrong finishes 3rd in the 2009 Tour de France with team Astana; his
teammate Alberto Contador wins.
May 20, 2010: Floyd Landis admits he was using performance-enhancing drugs
when he rode on the U.S. Postal Service team and accused team members, including
Armstrong, of using performance-enhancing drugs. Armstrong denies the allegations.
"It's our word against his word. I like our word. We like our credibility. Floyd lost his
credibility a long time ago." -- Armstrong's response to cyclist Floyd Landis'
accusations of systemic doping in the U.S. Postal cycling team.
May 25, 2010: Federal authorities investigating accusations that Armstrong and
other top cyclists engaged in doping consider whether they can expand the inquiry
beyond traditional drug distribution charges to include ones involving fraud and
Jul. 25, 2010: Armstrong finishes 23rd
in the Tour de France on team RadioShack .
September 2010: Betsy Andreu says she spoke to a federal agent investigating Armstrong
and other cyclists. Betsy claimed Armstrong admitted to using performance-enhancing
drugs in a hospital room in 1996 while battling cancer. Armstrong denies the allegation.
January 2011: Sports Illustrated published its investigation into Lance Armstrong on its
website under the title of the 'The Case against Lance Armstrong'. The article quotes
Armstrong's 1995 teammate Stephen Swart as saying Armstrong was "the instigator" for
some team members to use EPO.
Feb. 16, 2011: Armstrong announces 2nd
retirement: says he is retiring, again, to
spend more time with his family and to focus his efforts on his campaign against cancer.
May 20, 2011: Former teammate Tyler Hamilton tells CBS News that he and
Armstrong had taken EPO together during the 1999, 2000 and 2001 Tours de
France. A 60 Minutes investigation that aired May 22nd
says that two other teammates
told investigators that they had witnessed Armstrong taking banned substances or
supplied him with such.
-- Armstrong's rep, former Bill Clinton strategist Mark Fabiani, writes, "Tyler Hamilton is
a confessed liar in search of a book deal -- and he managed to dupe 60 Minutes, the CBS
Evening News, and news anchor Scott Pelley. Most people, though, will see this for
exactly what it is: More washed-up cyclists talking trash for cash." Tyler Hamilton has
turned in his cycling gold medal to the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency."
May 21 2011: George Hincapie tells FDA Armstrong took PEDs. CBS News reported
that, "Hincapie testified that he and Armstrong supplied each other with the endurance-
boosting substance EPO and discussed having used another banned substance,
testosterone, to prepare for races."
Feb. 3, 2012: U.S. federal prosecutors officially drop the criminal investigation
(sparked by Landis' confession) of Armstrong with no charges nearly 2 yrs after
they began looking into allegations that he and teammates committed a variety of
possible crimes by doping including defrauding of the government, drug trafficking,
money laundering and conspiracy. Tygart of USADA vows to continue to investigate
-- "I am gratified to learn that the U.S. Attorney's Office is closing its investigation,"
Armstrong said in a statement. "It is the right decision and I commend them for reaching
it. I look forward to continuing my life as a father, a competitor, and an advocate in the
fight against cancer without this distraction."
Jun. 12 2012: USADA notifies Armstrong, Johan Bruyneel (team manager), Dr.
Pedro Celaya (team doctor), Dr. Luis Garcia del Moral, Dr. Michele Ferrari, and
Pepe Marti of alleged anti-doping rules violations under UCI (Union Cycliste
Internationale) and state that they are opening a formal action against each
respondent. Armstrong is immediately banned from triathlons as a result. USADA
is empowered to bring charges that could lead to suspension from competition and the
rescinding of awards but does have not authority to bring criminal charges.
Jun. 13. 2012: Lance responds to USADA's charges: "I have never doped, and, unlike
many of my accusers, I have competed as an endurance athlete for 25 years with no spike
in performance, passed more than 500 drug tests and never failed one."
-- Dr. Ferrari was officially charged by USADA with administration and trafficking of
prohibited substances. As Ferrari did not formally contest this indictment, he was issued a
lifetime ban from professional sport in July 2012.
Jun. 29, 2012: USADA officially charges Armstrong with a violation, accusing him of
doping during most of his cycling career and participating in a doping conspiracy.
Jul. 9 2012: Armstrong files a lawsuit in federal court in Austin, TX against the USADA,
but a judge throws it out the same day. The next day, Armstrong refilled the suit, while
three former U.S. Postal Service cycling team associates received lifetime bans.
Aug. 20 2012: A federal judge throws out Armstrong's revised lawsuit, leaving him three
days to decide if he will head to arbitration to fight charges.
Aug. 23 2012: Armstrong drops fight against doping charges. "The toll this has taken
on my family, and my work for our foundation and on me leads me to where I am today --
finished with this nonsense," he said in a release.
Aug. 24, 2012: USADA strips Armstrong's seven Tour de France titles that he won
from 1999-2005, saying that he used PEDs. USADA has handed down a lifetime ban
to retired Lance Armstrong relating to doping practices from his time on the US
Postal Service team. Armstrong had declined to contest USADA's charges, giving up
his right to appear before an independent arbitration panel.
Oct. 10 2012: USADA releases its "reasoned decision" document detailing the
evidence it has amassed against Lance Armstrong. Frankie Andreu, Michael Barry,
Tom Danielson, Tyler Hamilton, George Hincapie, Floyd Landis, Levi Leipheimer,
Stephen Swart, Christian Vande Velde, Jonathan Vaughters and David Zabriskie
were part of a 26-strong group that gave written testimonies.
Oct. 17, 2012: Armstrong steps down as chairman of his Livestrong Cancer
Foundation. Nike terminates its contract with Armstrong. Anheuser-Busch, RadioShack,
and Trek Bicycle and Giro sever ties with him as well.
Oct. 22, 2012: The International Cycling Union announces that it will not appeal the
United States Anti-Doping Agency's ruling to bar Lance Armstrong for life from
Olympic sports for doping and for playing an instrumental role in the team-
organized doping on his Tour de France-winning cycling squads. That decision
formally strips Armstrong of the seven Tour titles he won from 1999 to 2005.
Nov 4, 2012: Lance Armstrong resigns from Livestrong's board of directors, cutting all
official ties with the charity he founded 15 years ago while he was treated for testicular
Nov 30, 2012: Sports Illustrated dubs Armstrong 'Anti-Sportsman of the Year'.
Dec 4 2012: The Sunday Times announces it's suing Lance for up to 1.2 million euros
having made a libel payment in 2006.
Dec 6 2012: UCI officially nullifies Armstrong's Tour de France titles and results since
August 1998. Lance Armstrong has officially lost his seven Tour de France titles and all
of his other results after July 1998.
Jan 14, 2013: Armstrong apologizes to his Livestrong staff and confesses to doping
in an interview with Oprah Winfrey.
Feb 6. 2013: USADA's initial deadline for Armstrong to answer questions about doping
under oath. Deadline is extended.
Feb 22, 2013: DOJ Joins Lawsuit Alleging Lance Armstrong and Others Caused the
Submission of False Claims to the U.S. Postal Service
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