In May of 2010, former teammate, Floyd Landis, who was stripped of the 2006
Tour de France for failing a drug test, publicly accused Armstrong of being a
cheater as well.
"It's our word against his word," Armstrong said. "I like our word. We
like our credibility. We have nothing to hide."
After "60 Minutes" ran a report that Armstrong had used PED's during his career,
which included testimony from former teammate Tyler Hamilton, Armstrong said:
"CBS's reporting on this subject has been replete with broken promises,
false assurances and selective reliance on witnesses upon whom no reputable
journalist would rely."
With the walls closing in and the number of former teammates pointing the
finger at him as a drug cheat, Armstrong went on the offensive, with more lies.
"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."
As the accusations and evidence continued to mount, Armstrong continued to
play the "I've never failed a test" card.
"I've taken more than 500 drug tests and never failed one."
(The Sporting News reported the number of drug tests Armstrong actually took
in his career was more like 60)
When the USADA announced they were going to continue with their investigation
of Armstrong's alleged use of PED's, he chose not to fight them anymore.
"It's an unconstitutional witch hunt. There is zero physical evidence to support
these outlandish and heinous claims. I passed hundreds of tests with flying colors.
I made myself available around the clock around the world."
(Not true. There was a mountain of evidence stating that Armstrong skipped
out of numerous tests during his career)
In a statement on his website after the USADA stripped him of his seven Tour de
France titles, Armstrong wrote:
"The bottom line is I played by the rules that were put in place by the UCI,
WADA, and USADA when I raced."
In a Nike commercial, a former sponsor of Armstrong that quickly dropped him
after the USADA stripped him of his titles, the disgraced cyclist said;
"Everybody wants to know what I'm on. What am I on? I'm on my bike,
bustin' my ass six hours a day. What are you on?" Um, Lance, you want to
re-think that one for us?
In his first words since being stripped of his seven Tour de France titles, Armstrong
said this to several hundred people at a seminar.
"My name is Lance Armstrong. I am a cancer survivor. I'm a father of five. And
yes, I won the Tour de France seven times."
True. True. True. False. There is no record of Lance Armstrong winning the Tour
de France seven times.