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Lance Armstrong retires: Comeback timeline

  • By VeloNews.com
  • Published Feb. 16, 2011
  • Updated Feb. 18, 2011 at 2:56 PM EDT

2010 Tour de France, Paris parade, Lance Armstrong

Results since Armstrong’s comeback

2008

2009

2010

August 9, 2008
Armstrong finishes second to Dave Wiens at the Leadville Trail 100 mountain bike race. Later he would say the race inspired him to return to professional racing.

September 8, 2008
VeloNews’ Neal Rogers breaks the story that Armstrong will return to professional cycling, competing in five events the following year, including the Tour de France

September 14, 2008
Armstrong wins 24 Hours of Snowmass mountain bike race with Livestrong teammates Max Taam and Len Zanni.

October 13, 2008
Armstrong appears as a rabbit on the PBS children’s cartoon “Arthur” to teach cycling skills.

February 11, 2009
The Don Catlin-run independent drug testing program that Armstrong trumpeted as an assurance of his cleanliness is scrapped when both parties decide to part ways.

February 14, 2009
Thieves make off with Armstrong’s time trial bike during the night after the Tour of California prologue. An anonymous citizen returns the rig to the Sacramento Police Department four days later.

March 17, 2009
In April, French anti-doping agency AFLD alleges that Armstrong broke testing protocol by taking a shower after testers arrived to his home after a training ride in Beaulieu-sur-Mer. The agency later cleared him.

March 23, 2009
Armstrong fractures his right collarbone in a crash at the Vuelta a Castilla y León, the first broken bone of his career.

May 31, 2009
Armstrong finishes 12th in his first Giro d’Italia

June 4, 2009
Armstrong’s fourth child, Maxwell Edward Armstrong, is born in Aspen, Colorado. Girlfriend Anna Hansen is the mother.

July 7, 2009
Armstrong comes within one second of earning the maillot jaune when Astana wins the stage 4 team time trial at the Tour de France.

July 23, 2009
RadioShack announces its entry to professional cycling as the title sponsor of Armstrong’s new team, which will launch in 2010.

July 26, 2009
Armstrong finishes third overall in the Tour de France behind Alberto Contador and Andy Schleck.

August 18, 2009
Armstrong leads a Twitter ride in Glasgow, Scotland.

August 25, 2009
Another Twitter ride, this time in Dublin, Ireland.

February 1, 2010
Armstrong’s longtime bike sponsor, Trek Bicycle Co. settles a two-year-old lawsuit with Greg LeMond over the former Tour champ’s bike brand. LeMond’s lawyer tells VeloNews that if the case had gone to trial, the issue of Armstrong’s alleged doping might have been a factor.

May 19, 2010
ESPN and the Wall Street Journal report that Floyd Landis accused Armstrong of involvement in organized doping at the U.S. Postal Service team.

May 20, 2010
Armstrong and Johan Bruyneel face the media at the start of stage 5 of the Tour of California. Hours later, Armstrong crashes early in the stage abandons the race.

May 23, 2010
Radioshack gives us something to laugh about with the launch of the Alphonse commercial series.

June 28, 2010
Armstrong announces that the upcoming Tour de France will be his final.

July 11, 2010
Armstrong says, “This Tour is finished for me,” after being caught in three crashes during stage 8.

July 18, 2010
According to the Agence France Presse, Greg LeMond says of the Novitzky investigation “For him (Armstrong), it’s the beginning of the end.”

September 3, 2010
The Justice Department notifies defendants, including Armstrong, of a federal whistleblower lawsuit filed against them earlier in the year by Floyd Landis on behalf of the United States government.

August 4, 2010
After announcing the launch of the Quiznos Pro Challenge stage race, Armstrong and Colorado governor Bill Ritter lead a Twitter ride across Denver.

October 18, 2010
Armstrong’s fifth child, Olivia Marie, is born in Aspen, again to Armstrong and Anna Hansen.

November 2, 2010
Armstrong launches Twitter alter ego @juanpelota.

January 13, 2011
UCI spokesman Enrico Carpani confirms that Armstrong received a salary from Astana in 2009, despite his assurances that he did not. Spokesman Mark Higgins claims that when the salary was paid, it was donated to the Lance Armstrong Foundation.

January 16, 2011
Armstrong leads more than 5,000 Adelaide cyclists on a Twitter ride aimed at raising funds for victims of massive flooding in Queensland, Australia.

January 19, 2011
When pressed by Agence France Presse writer Justin Davis to respond to a Sports Illustrated article containing new and existing allegations of doping, Armstrong responds by asking, “Dude, are you that stupid? Which part of ‘I am not commenting’ is not clear to you?”

January 26, 2011
The Lance Armstrong Foundation nets $3.1 million from the IPO of Demand Media. The foundation’s 183,000 shares, including 68,000 donated by Armstrong, sold at $17 each.

February 16, 2011
Armstrong announces retirement 2.0.

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