Wow: Is This Lance Armstrong's Way of Saying 'Yep, I Doped?' LA Times, Bloomberg
"Sometimes actions speak louder than words."
Lance Armstrong, who is a prolific user of Twitter, made a startling change to his Twitter biography yesterday, Tuesday, Oct. 23, 2012. So writes Chuck Schilken of the Los Angeles Times.
The article says, "As recently as Monday night, Armstrong's Twitter bio read: 'Father of 5 amazing kids, 7-time Tour de France winner, full time cancer fighter, part time triathlete.' It has since been changed to: 'Raising my five kids. Fighting Cancer. Swim, bike, run and golf whenever I can.' "
The article continues, "As you can see, the Tour de France is no longer mentioned."
On Monday Armstrong was officially stripped of all his Tour de France titles by cycling's international governing body as it ratified the sanctions imposed on Armstrong by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency.
So is this change in his Twitter profile -- eliminating the Tour de France titles from his own biography -- a tacit admission by Armstrong that he doped?
The new profile appears on Twitter under @lancearmstrong, which has long been verified by Twitter as Armstrong's personal Twitter account. Armstrong has almost 10,000 total tweets to his name, the last being on Oct. 17, when he linked to the official statement put out by his charity, Livestrong, that he had stepped down as its chairman.
Armstrong also took to Twitter back on Oct. 10 to give his reaction to the devastating report about him and doping that was was released by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) that day. Armstrong tweeted then: "What am I doing tonight? Hanging with my family, unaffected, and thinking about this."
In other Armstrong news today, Wednesday, Oct. 24, 2012, the World Anti-Doping Agency announced that "Lance Armstrong’s competition results will be erased from the record books of every event sanctioned by the World Anti-Doping Agency," according to Bloomberg.
The Bloomberg article continues, "The cyclist also will forfeit results in other events and sports that follow the code of the Montreal-based agency ..."
Among the sanctioned events from which Armstrong's participation willl be removed are the New York City Marathon; the "Boston Marathon, which he ran in 2008; Ironman triathlon performances; and a career full of cycling races," the Bloomberg article says.
“Armstrong was aware that, by choosing to not contest the [USADA} charges, the sanction would include the loss of results as a result of his doping in any sport that is a signatory to the code,” a spokesperson for the USADA told Bloomberg.