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SportsCentre Year in Review: Lance Armstrong

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Bryan Mudryk
12/22/2012 11:37:15 AM
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Leading up to SportsCentre's Year In Review on Christmas Eve, TSN and TSN.ca look back at each of the Top 10 stories of 2012. And TSN's reporters and analysts who covered the events as they happened offer their personal reflections on the stories.

Today, SportsCentre host Bryan Mudryk breaks down Lance Armstrong's fall from grace.

The year 2012 was a devastating one for Lance Armstrong's legacy, reputation and career in cycling.

For years he was a hero in the sport, but whispers of performance enhancing drugs and doping always surrounded the Tour de France standout.

The U.S. anti-doping agency review board had accused the seven-time Tour de France winner of doping. In June, Armstrong urged the agency to dismiss allegations brought against him, his legal team saying the claims were "long on stale allegations disproved long ago and short on evidence."

But days later, he was formally charged with using performance enhancing drugs - which would be heard by an arbitration panel. He failed to block the doping case against him. The USADA claimed that 10 of Armstrong's former teammates were willing to testify against him.

And in August, Armstrong was officially stripped of his seven Tour de France titles he won between 1999 through 2005 and was given a lifetime ban by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency.

Armstrong opted not to contest the drug charges, saying he was tired of fighting the allegations. Despite never testing positive and claiming to have been tested over 500 times during his career, he was disgraced.

Ironically, donations to Armstrong's foundation increased to 20 times their daily average since his ban was implemented. And in October, he lost pretty much every major sponsor - including Nike, who distanced themselves with the former star.

On Oct. 17, Armstrong stepped away from his "Lovestrong" cancer fighting charity as chairman and left from the board of directors entirely on Nov. 4, hoping to avoid further damage to the cause.

Some would argue that there was more than enough damage done already.



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