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Disgraced ex-pro loses French award, arbitration panel says he must testify under oath on 12 June

Lance Armstrong has been formally stripped of France’s highest civilian award, the Legion d’Honneur. The news comes in a week in which it has also been confirmed that he will have to testify under oath about his doping next month.

The disgraced cyclist was made a Chevalier de la Legion d'Honneur in 2005, the year of his seventh and last Tour de France victory. He was stripped of those titles and banned from sport for life in 2012 following an investigation into doping by the United States Anti-Doping Agency.

Last year, an aide to the grand chancellor of the order, founded by Napoleon Bonaparte in 1802, confirmed that an investigation would be opened to examine whether or not to take the Legion d’Honneur away from Armstrong following his confession to doping.

According to the Associated Press, a spokeswoman for the Legion d’Honneur confirmed that he has now been stripped of the award, although she was unable to confirm when the decision was made.

Although foreigners are not admitted to the order, they can be awarded its insignia, with Chevalier – Knight – being the most junior rank. Eddy Merckx was made a Commandeur of the Legion d’Honneur, the most senior of the three ranks, in 2011.

Meanwhile USA Today reported this week that the arbitration panel hearing the SCA Promotions case, in which the insurer is seeking $12 million related to bonuses it paid Armstrong for his Tour de France victories in 2002, 2003 and 2004, has ordered Armstrong to give videotaped testimony under oath on June 12.

Armstrong is continuing to try and block that happening, saying that a 2006 settlement with the insurer, which had originally withheld the bonuses as allegations of doping began to surface, is legally binding, and has reportedly appealed to the Texas Supreme Court to rule in his favour.

Born in Scotland, Simon moved to London aged seven and now lives in the Oxfordshire Cotswolds with his miniature schnauzer, Elodie. He fell in love with cycling one Saturday morning in 1994 while living in Italy when Milan-San Remo went past his front door. A daily cycle commuter in London back before riding to work started to boom, he's been news editor at road.cc since 2009. Handily for work, he speaks French and Italian. He doesn't get to ride his Colnago as often as he'd like, and freely admits he's much more adept at cooking than fettling with bikes.

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don simon [717 posts] 1 year ago
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Who?

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farrell [1950 posts] 1 year ago
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don simon wrote:

Who?

Lance Armstrong - Probably one of the worlds most recognisable sportspeople and definitely the most famous cyclist on the planet.

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anarchy [99 posts] 1 year ago
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don simon wrote:

Who?

Some d***head loser

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anarchy [99 posts] 1 year ago
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Was

farrell wrote:
don simon wrote:

Who?

Lance Armstrong - Probably one of the worlds most recognisable sportspeople and definitely the most famous cyclist on the planet.

Now universally recognised as just some d***head loser

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farrell [1950 posts] 1 year ago
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anarchy wrote:

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farrell wrote:
don simon wrote:

Who?

Lance Armstrong - Probably one of the worlds most recognisable sportspeople and definitely the most famous cyclist on the planet.

Now universally recognised as just some d***head loser

Not really, no matter how many times you repeat it.

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anarchy [99 posts] 1 year ago
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Farrell, how does his knob taste?

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farrell [1950 posts] 1 year ago
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Farrell, how does his knob taste?

I've no idea, why are you so interested in what his genitals taste like?

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anarchy [99 posts] 1 year ago
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Sorry Farrell that was uncalled for.

Lance is certainly one of the most recognised ex sportsmen on the planet, sadly now more famous for being the worst cheat in the history of all humanity, and an all round scumbag than for actually winning anything, and rightly vilified by all right minded people.

Anyone who still defends him should be sympathised with, not mocked, no matter how hard that is to do

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anarchy [99 posts] 1 year ago
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farrell wrote:
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Farrell, how does his knob taste?

I've no idea, why are you so interested in what his genitals taste like?

Your Momma

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farrell [1950 posts] 1 year ago
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anarchy wrote:

Sorry Farrell that was uncalled for.

I have thicker skin than to be offended by some internutters attempts at humour.

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sadly now more famous for being the worst cheat in the history of all humanity, and an all round scumbag than for actually winning anything, and rightly vilified by all right minded people.

He's not, the vast majority of people remember him as a Tour de France winner. You're average person on the street won't have a clue who Emma O'Reilly or Betsy Andreu even are let alone what happened with them.

As much as you dislike it, the truth is that he is, and will be, remembered as a champion bike rider.

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Anyone who still defends him should be sympathised with, not mocked, no matter how hard that is to do

I have the same approach with stupid people, hence my replies. I'll even help you out a little bit by asking the very leading question of "Where have I defended Lance Armstrong"?

I find people who scream hysterical nonsense about Lance Armstrong equally as bad as his unquestioning fan boys. Unless of course you scream equally as hysterically about every single other cyclist in history who doped, then I just wonder why you still have an interest in cycling at all.

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don simon [717 posts] 1 year ago
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"Unless of course you scream equally as hysterically about every single other cyclist in history who doped, bullied and threatened anyone who spoke out against them with leagal action, lied, earnt significant sums while lying, denied everything in the face of the truth and continues to fight in order to keep their ill-gotten gains, then I just wonder why you still have an interest in cycling at all."

He's a little unique, no?

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farrell [1950 posts] 1 year ago
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He's a little unique, no?

That kind of goes against your original point of "Who", no?

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don simon [717 posts] 1 year ago
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Did you honestly think I didn't know who he was?
The comment was more about where he should be in the world of cycling. A nobody. Obviously it was too subtle.  4

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anarchy [99 posts] 1 year ago
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Farrell. Chill

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farrell [1950 posts] 1 year ago
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don simon wrote:

Did you honestly think I didn't know who he was?
The comment was more about where he should be in the world of cycling. A nobody. Obviously it was too subtle.  4

No, I got where you were trying to go, I just thought it was a silly point.

You say he should be a nobody, but you also say he is unique.

I just don't get people's desire to respond childishly to anything Armstrong related.

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don simon [717 posts] 1 year ago
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You say he should be a nobody, but you also say he is unique.

You don't understand, do you?
He is unique in his standing among other dopers.
He is a nobody in the world of cycling and should be treated so.

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farrell [1950 posts] 1 year ago
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You say he should be a nobody, but you also say he is unique.

You don't understand, do you?
He is unique in his standing among other dopers.
He is a nobody in the world of cycling and should be treated so.

I fully understand, I just don't see what benefit doing the internet equivalent of sticking your fingers in your ears and stamping away to your room shouting "lalalalalalalala" could possibly bring.

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anarchy [99 posts] 1 year ago
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"I just don't get people's desire to respond childishly to anything Armstrong related." Cos he's a cnut

"the truth is that he is, and will be, remembered as a champion bike rider" Just because you say that, doesn't make it true. I disagree with you, as so many others.

"Where have I defended Lance Armstrong?" Your original post is in support of him

"Unless of course you scream equally as hysterically about every single other cyclist in history who doped" I despise other riders who doped, Stephen Roche, Sean Kelly etc almost as much. I despise Armstrong more, cos he was the worst. I admire Kimmage and leMond because they didn't

"I just wonder why you still have an interest in cycling at all" Cos I hope it is now (generally) clean. I certainly think Wiggins and Froome are

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Paul J [836 posts] 1 year ago
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Armstrong is remembered as a champion by ordinary people? I think perhaps you don't get out much - he's pretty much the icon of a sports drugs cheat to the world at large now!  1

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Mr Mike [12 posts] 1 year ago
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IMO, such as it is, I think LA is trying to preserve some kind of legacy, but within a couple of years he will be known more for his sporting fraud, bullying and disdain for the sport. time will tell

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farrell [1950 posts] 1 year ago
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Paul J wrote:

Armstrong is remembered as a champion by ordinary people? I think perhaps you don't get out much - he's pretty much the icon of a sports drugs cheat to the world at large now!  1

Most people know about his cheating and drug use, his other more malevolent behaviour isn't really known or talked about outside of cycling because most people don't really care that much but if they were on Family Fortunes and asked to name a famous cyclist the answer of Lance Armstrong sure as hell wouldn't be getting the infamous noise and a big X now would it?

He'll be remembered as a champion bike racer the same way that Jimi Hendrix is remembered as a brilliant guitarist as opposed to a failed vomit gargler.

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anarchy [99 posts] 1 year ago
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Farrell hearts Lance

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Mr Mike [12 posts] 1 year ago
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The problem with LA testifying under Oath is that he's already done that and commited purjury in the process. Why should he not do the same again? he's a liar with no currency so his words (as they say in The Game of Thrones) are wind.

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farrell [1950 posts] 1 year ago
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anarchy wrote:

Farrell hearts Lance

Farrell would probably let Lance take him out to dinner.

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anarchy [99 posts] 1 year ago
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farrell wrote:
anarchy wrote:

Farrell hearts Lance

Farrell would probably let Lance take him out to dinner.

Farrell would probably let Lance take him anywhere Lance wanted  4

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Simmo72 [583 posts] 1 year ago
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so 2012 zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

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farrell [1950 posts] 1 year ago
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anarchy wrote:
farrell wrote:
anarchy wrote:

Farrell hearts Lance

Farrell would probably let Lance take him out to dinner.

Farrell would probably let Lance take him anywhere Lance wanted  4

Probably, but no kissing.

I learned that from that Pretty Woman documentary.

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pwake [374 posts] 1 year ago
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Only time will tell what legacy Lance's career leaves behind. At the moment it's convenient to see him as the 'be all and end all' of doping in cycling, but anybody with any knowledge of the sport knows that is nowhere near the case.
His massive contribution to the cancer community is also conveniently overlooked at the moment; indeed, here in the USA he is known as much for that as any of his TDF achievements.
He's the bad guy now, but even now I for one can watch clips of those tours and enjoy them. Images like 'The look' and taking to the ploughed field to avoid Beloki can't be erased.

It is what it is.

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chadders [83 posts] 1 year ago
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Who!!

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leqin [155 posts] 1 year ago
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farrell wrote:
don simon wrote:

Who?

Lance Armstrong - Probably one of the worlds most recognizable cheats and definitely the most famous con artist on the planet.

Fixed that for you :.)

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