Business As Usual for Armstrong in Wake of Doping Accusations

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Lance Armstrong was stripped of his seven Tour de France titles by the United States Anti Doping Agency (USADA) last month, is banned from competing in the race for the rest of his life, and declines to oppose the list of doping charges levied against him. Instead, he has continued to go about his life, as if the scandal were not whirling about him. His sponsors, including Nike, seem unfazed by the media storm and continue to support Lance Armstrong through official statements. Reuters reported on October 11th that Lance even tweeted, like business as usual, “Hanging @LIVSTRONGHQ w/the team talking about next week’s events and plans for 2013. Can’t wait to see so many friends and supporters.”

Meanwhile, five of his former teammates, including Tom Danielson, George Hincapie, Levi Leipheimer, Chrisian Vande Velde, and David Zabriskie, were banned from the USA Cycling for six months after testifying to details of previous experience doping with Armstrong. This has also kicked off an investigation into historical cycling results, and Spain’s Anti-Doping Agency is seeking a way to prosecute doctors Luis Garcia del Moral, Pedro Celaya, and coach Jose Marti who were involved in the doping as members of Armstrong’s support team. And finally, the International Olympic Committee is reviewing evidence to determine if they will take Armstrong’s medal from Australia’s games away. And yet, the athlete who is the center of the criticism and charges remains calm, cool and collected by all outside appearances.

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