A timeline of doping denials by Lance Armstrong

Lance Armstrong had denied doping allegations for more than a decade before confessing to Oprah Winfrey during an interview on Monday.

MSN News has created a timeline of some of the doping allegations against Lance Armstrong, along with some of his quotes and responses. Below is a list of denials the disgraced cyclist has made since 2001:

  • 2001: "This is my body and I can do whatever I want to it. I can push it, and study it, tweak it, listen to it. Everybody wants to know what I'm on. What am I on? I'm on my bike, busting my ass six hours a day. What are you on?"  Nike ad
  • July 14, 2004: Armstrong is accused of using performance-enhancing drugs before and during the 1999 Tour de France in a book released just weeks before the start of the 2004 Tour de France, "L.A. Confidential: The Secrets of Lance Armstrong" by Pierre Ballester and The Sunday Times sports correspondent David Walsh.
  • March 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.
  • July 24, 2005: "I'll say to the people who don’t believe in cycling, the cynics and the skeptics. I'm sorry for you. I'm sorry that you can't dream big. I'm sorry you don't believe in miracles. But this is one hell of a race. This is a great sporting event and you should stand around and believe it. You should believe in these athletes, and you should believe in these people. I'll be a fan of the Tour de France for as long as I live. And there are no secrets  this is a hard sporting event and hard work wins it. Vive Le Tour." Armstrong after winning his seventh straight Tour de France.
  • August 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 blood-boosting erythropoietin (EPO).
  • May 31, 2006: Armstrong is cleared of doping allegations stemming from a drug test in 1999.
  • June 23, 2006: "Le Monde" reports claims made by Armstrong's former teammate Frankie Andreu and Andreu's wife Betsy that Armstrong admitted in 1996 to having taken the blood-boosting hormone EPO and other banned substances.
  • July 3, 2007: "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."  In an interview with CBS News journalist and cancer survivor Bob Schieffer at the Aspen Ideas Festival.

Video: Before confession, Armstrong spent years denying

  • July 2009: "The critics say I'm arrogant. A doper. Washed up. A fraud. That I couldn't let it go. They can say whatever they want. I'm not back on my bike for them."  Nike "Driven" commercial, aired before Armstrong's first Tour de France race since coming out of retirement.
  • May 2010: "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.
  • Feb. 16, 2011:  Armstrong says he will retire from cycling for good.
  • May 19, 2011: Tyler Hamilton, Armstrong's former teammate, says he used PEDs with Armstrong to cheat in cycling.
  • Feb. 13, 2012: Federal prosecutors say they won't charge Armstrong over allegations that he used PEDs.
  • June 13, 2012: "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." Armstrong's statement when the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency brought doping charges against him.
  • August 23, 2012: "There comes a point in every man's life when he has to say, 'Enough is enough.' For me, that time is now. I have been dealing with claims that I cheated and had an unfair advantage in winning my seven Tours since 1999."  Armstrong’s statement during his announcement that he wouldn't fight the USADA's charges.
  • August 24, 2012: The USADA takes away Armstrong's seven Tour de France titles that he won from 1999-2005, saying that he used PEDs.
  • Oct. 10, 2012: The USADA releases evidence against Armstrong.
  • Oct. 17, 2012: Armstrong steps down as chairman of his Livestrong Cancer Foundation.
  • Oct. 22, 2012: Armstrong is banned for life by the International Cycling Union.
  • Jan 14, 2013: Armstrong apologizes to his Livestrong staff and confesses to doping in an interview with Oprah Winfrey.

Information from the AP included


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