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Old 06-16-04, 05:23 AM
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Armstrong's New Sponsor

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SILVER SPRING, Md. -- Lance Armstrong juggled controversy and ceremony Tuesday, promising to take action against "absolutely untrue" doping accusations and announcing a new sponsor.


Armstrong also announced that he's planning to ride in next year's Tour de France and possibly beyond. That ends any thoughts that he might retire should he win an unprecedented sixth consecutive Tour.


"I just didn't want to go away," said Armstrong, who was accompanied by his girlfriend, rocker Sheryl Crow, at the news conference. "I love what I do. I still love the bike."


The prospect of not having a sponsor for his team had left the 32-year-old Armstrong contemplating retirement. But that problem was solved by a three-year multimillion-dollar deal with the Discovery Channel, which will replace the U.S. Postal Service as the sponsor of Armstrong's team.


Just 2 weeks before the Tour de France begins, Armstrong strongly denied claims by a former assistant in a new book. The assistant says Armstrong once asked her to dispose of used syringes and to give him makeup to conceal needle marks on his arms.


"I can absolutely confirm that we don't use doping products," Armstrong said at a news conference at the headquarters of Discovery Communications, which will begin sponsoring his team next year.


"This is not the first time I've lived through this. I heard it in 1999. I heard it in 2002, again in 2003. It happens all the time." Armstrong said he usually ignores such claims but decided he had had enough. He also said he was frustrated to have to deal with a distraction so close to the Tour de France.


"We're sick and tired of these allegations and we're going to do everything we can to fight them," he said. "They're absolutely untrue."


The latest accusations appear in the French-language book "L.A. Confidential, the Secrets of Lance Armstrong" by David Walsh and Pierre Ballester.


The heart of the accusations come from Emma O'Reilly, who worked for several years as Armstrong's masseuse, physical therapist and personal assistant. The book contends Armstrong asked O'Reilly to dispose of a black bag containing used syringes after the Tour of the Netherlands in 1998. O'Reilly said she did not know what was in the syringes, according to the book.


Armstrong said Tuesday he and O'Reilly had a "very good working relationship," but that she was fired because of "inappropriate" issues that had arisen within the team.


"Even as evil as this thing has come out to be, it's not going to be my style to attack her. ... I did not work with her very much," Armstrong said. "This is the first that I've heard from her in years and years. ... It does add up to a little bit of stress, but I've got to tell you when I go home, I'm not thinking about this. I'm thinking about winning the Tour."


Armstrong's lawyers said they were starting libel proceedings in France and Britain against Walsh and Ballester, as well as the book's publishers and publications that reprinted excerpts from the book, which hit Paris stores on Tuesday. Excerpts were published in France's L'Express magazine Monday.


Asked if he will also seek action against people named in the book, Armstrong said: "Right now we're talking about authors and publishers and papers and magazines that have excerpted the stuff, but we won't discriminate."


Co-author Walsh offered an explanation of the book in an interview with the International Herald Tribune.


"It's all circumstantial evidence," Walsh said. "We don't actually prove anything. We just set out the facts and let the reader decide for himself who's telling the truth. But we do give names for every accusation."
Man, it'll be weird to see him in different colors. Glad to hear he plans to continue after this year though.

Only 2 1/2 weeks left till the tour!!
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Old 06-16-04, 09:40 AM
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It's not really armstrongs new sponsor is it?

It's more of a replacement sponsor for US Postal?
I know the team is built around Lance, but if / when he
retires, I would expect the team to survive.
Teams in cycling do this relatively often.
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Old 06-16-04, 12:15 PM
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I'm surprised it wasn't Subaru... although I guess a car company getting people to ride bikes might be silly
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Old 06-16-04, 01:26 PM
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I was never crazy about the USPS sponsoring a cycling team. I love the sport, but I don't feel that government (i.e. taxpayer) money should be used in this way. I always hated the fact that the USPS had TV ads with a song that was likely to cost much to license ("Fly Like an Eagle," I think it was). But I digress...

I still miss the 7-11 and Motorola days. I wonder if I still have that Tour de Trump program signed by Andy Hampsted.
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All of you cycling fans better join us in the upcoming Tour thread .
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Old 06-16-04, 03:57 PM
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Of course they will Lance brings them out in droves......
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Old 06-16-04, 04:56 PM
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Originally posted by BadlyDrawnBoy
It's not really armstrongs new sponsor is it?

It's more of a replacement sponsor for US Postal?
I know the team is built around Lance, but if / when he
retires, I would expect the team to survive.
Teams in cycling do this relatively often.
Sorry, guess I should've worded it differently.
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Originally posted by Quake1028
All of you cycling fans better join us in the upcoming Tour thread .
No doubt!
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Old 06-16-04, 05:42 PM
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Just 2 weeks before the Tour de France begins, Armstrong strongly denied claims by a former assistant in a new book. The assistant says Armstrong once asked her to dispose of used syringes and to give him makeup to conceal needle marks on his arms.
Lance, meet Barry. Barry, meet Lance.
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On PTI the other day they mentioned Lance makes 12 million dollars a year in endorsements. Thats extradonary for a man we only pay attention to for 2 weeks a year in an event that isn't even held in the US.
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Old 06-16-04, 10:52 PM
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Originally posted by kantonburg
On PTI the other day they mentioned Lance makes 12 million dollars a year in endorsements. Thats extradonary for a man we only pay attention to for 2 weeks a year in an event that isn't even held in the US.
I didn't realize he made that much. Still, if you look at it by purely athletic means, I'd wager that he earns that money more than those making that much in the major sports.
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When I read the title, I was thinking that Sheryl Crow would be his new sponsor.
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Originally posted by kantonburg
On PTI the other day they mentioned Lance makes 12 million dollars a year in endorsements. Thats extradonary for a man we only pay attention to for 2 weeks a year in an event that isn't even held in the US.
For the general Lance fan, most will only watch the Tour de France. For us cycling fans, we've been watching races since February/March.

Cycling is like soccer in the US. I doubt it will ever be big here, so all the best cyclists go to Europe. Only the top cyclists make good money and it doesn't compare to any of the salaries of the major sports in the US. Lance is definitely the exception and not the rule when it comes to money in cycling.
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Re: Armstrong's New Sponsor

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Man, it'll be weird to see him in different colors.
He will be wearing the same color...YELLOW!!!
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Re: Re: Armstrong's New Sponsor

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He will be wearing the same color...YELLOW!!!
Boo ya! Just different shorts
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Originally posted by DJLinus
I was never crazy about the USPS sponsoring a cycling team. I love the sport, but I don't feel that government (i.e. taxpayer) money should be used in this way. I always hated the fact that the USPS had TV ads with a song that was likely to cost much to license ("Fly Like an Eagle," I think it was). But I digress...
You do realize that your tax dollars don't support the USPS. The only way you support them is with the postage you buy.
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For those Lance fans around here, I picked up a couple (OK, 5) "Wear Yellow/Live Strong" postcards for the Lance Foundation while eating at Chuy's ( mljones99) last night that I could send. I could address and send them to you, or I could mail them protected like so you could have them for collector type purposes if you'd like. They aren't exactly the best made postcards, but hey, they were the right price. First 5 who email me (link above) get them, though "the guys" (dave, bdb, quake) might bump you if they are interested.

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they have them in niketown as well.

Pretty cool.
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Y2K, YGM.

Actually sent several hours ago.
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Umm.... I said to send ME an email (with your mailing address)... I can't email the postcards....


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Originally posted by Y2K Falcon
For those Lance fans around here, I picked up a couple (OK, 5) "Wear Yellow/Live Strong" postcards for the Lance Foundation while eating at Chuy's ( mljones99) last night that I could send. I could address and send them to you, or I could mail them protected like so you could have them for collector type purposes if you'd like. They aren't exactly the best made postcards, but hey, they were the right price. First 5 who email me (link above) get them, though "the guys" (dave, bdb, quake) might bump you if they are interested.

Visit www.wearyellow.com which is the main site for his cancer fundraising.


Can you bring one by my house. I am still upset about my Lakers.
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Originally posted by Y2K Falcon
For those Lance fans around here, I picked up a couple (OK, 5) "Wear Yellow/Live Strong" postcards for the Lance Foundation while eating at Chuy's ( mljones99) last night that I could send. I could address and send them to you, or I could mail them protected like so you could have them for collector type purposes if you'd like. They aren't exactly the best made postcards, but hey, they were the right price. First 5 who email me (link above) get them, though "the guys" (dave, bdb, quake) might bump you if they are interested.

Visit www.wearyellow.com which is the main site for his cancer fundraising.


Chuy's Drool I hate you

I have an endless supply (well, not endless but I have alot) of the LIVESTRONG wrist bands at work (I work in the golf dept. of a sporting goods store part time). If anyone needs one, they are a buck a piece.

Kind of off topic, did anyone get a postcard from teh Tyler Hamilton Foundation about watching the 3rd mountain stage at your local Regal Cinema? www.tylerhamiltonfoundation.org
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Originally posted by LurkerDan
You do realize that your tax dollars don't support the USPS. The only way you support them is with the postage you buy.
My bad. So, where do they get their money from, besides postage and the like? It doesn't seem like postage alone could sustain its business. Just wondering.

More on topic, since there's no Niketown near me, I was going to order one of those Lance bracelets from his site. But I'm not going to order 100 (the lowest quantity that you can buy from there)!
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