Is Lance Armstrong’s podcast partnership a violation of his lifetime ban?

Update From Cycling Tips

by Shane Stokes

UNDER PRESSURE FROM USADA, COLORADO CLASSIC ABANDONS PARTNERSHIP WITH ARMSTRONG

Following on from the questions raised about the planned partnership between the Colorado Classic and Lance Armstrong’s Stages podcast, the race organisers announced on Tuesday that said partnership has been abandoned. Read the full story here.


From Cycling Tips

by Neal Rogers

On August 2, organizers of the inaugural Colorado Classic stage race announced that the event is partnering with Lance Armstrong to “bring his fresh and informed cycling perspective to the inaugural event with daily podcasts.”

Armstrong’s Stages podcast, launched before last month’s Tour de France, rose to quick success with more than five million downloads and 80,000 unique Facebook viewers each day, leading to a top-10 iTunes ranking in all categories, peaking in the number-two spot in the sports category.

Next week, Armstrong is poised to cover the Colorado Classic and Velorama Colorado Festival with daily podcasts, covering the women’s and men’s races with co-host JB Hager, as well as nightly musical performances.

“We’re breaking ground with the Stages podcast, and love the idea of joining up with Velorama Colorado festival as they seek to do the same for cycling,” Armstrong said in an event press release. “We’re thrilled to cover the cycling action and to bring the unvarnished perspective our followers expect. And, as big music fans, we’ll be covering the Wilco and Death Cab for Cutie concerts each night in Denver.”

But given Armstrong’s lifetime ban, is this allowed? It all depends on Armstrong’s relationship to the event, it seems….

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4 thoughts on “Is Lance Armstrong’s podcast partnership a violation of his lifetime ban?

  1. I don’t know where the hatred for Lance Armstrong is coming from. Is it because people wanted to believe so much that he was racing clean and that he was adamantly denying doping accusations as soon as they started appearing (pretty much right at his first “miraculous” 1999 Tour de France victory) that they feel cheated like scorned lovers? I remember talking to a med student at the time, who was telling me there was no way Lance was doping, I told him I had serious doubts, and I couldn’t believe a med student would swallow the story hook, line and sinker.
    I always figured he was doping, and I always figured the other guys (Ulrich, Basso, Guerini, Gotti, Pantani, etc., etc., etc…) did it too, he was just smarter and, yes, stronger, with “a system”. For me he still won 7 tours. I don’t consider myself a fan boy, far from it. Lance Armstrong is not a likeable character, but he did the job as a lot of pro cyclists do it and brought it up to another level.
    Let him be judged when his time comes at his big trial, in the meantime, he raced from the junior ranks to the top level, and he’s articulate, why not use his podcast? Aren’t y’all tired of Phil and Paul?

  2. “I don’t know where the hatred for Lance Armstrong is coming from.”

    Looks like you missed the part where Lance became the head of the Cycling Mafia. He destroyed careers, sued, threatened, lied, cheated, doped, forced others to dope to stay on the team, committed perjury, fraud, a bully, and damaged cyclings reputation.

    He’s a sociopath and narcissist.

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