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Must Read: Armstrong steps down as Livestrong chairman; Leipheimer opens up

  • By VeloNews.com
  • Published Oct. 17, 2012
  • Updated Oct. 17, 2012 at 4:57 PM EDT

Leipheimer opens up about doping revelations — The Press Democrat

In an interview run in its entirety at pressdemocrat.com, Levi Leipheimer this week detailed the relief and fear he feels since testifying before federal investigators and the U.S. Anti-doping Agency, and telling the story of his past doping indiscretions last week on the website of The Wall Street Journal.

“The biggest sense of relief in all of this came when I decided to stop using performance-enhancing substances back in 2007,” said Leipheimer. “For me, that was the biggest sense of relief because I felt at the time I can complete without doing this. I no longer have to deal with that stress — trying to live in this alternate world where we are doing it but we are trying to act like we are not doing it.”

Leipheimer told the paper that he feared retribution from Lance Armstrong over his testimony in the case that will likely result in a lifetime ban for the Texan. He also described what he called a “heartbreaking” descent into more and more dangerous doping techniques.

“I remember having a couple of panic attacks,” said Leipheimer. “It was June 2006. It was right towards the end (of his doping). I was taking out blood in preparation for the Tour de France. We would take EPO to replace the blood so we could still train. I was taking EPO and I wasn’t sure if I had done it the night before because I had been doing it for a while. After a while you’re zombie-like. It’s painful every time you do because it reminds you you are doing something wrong.”

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Armstrong vacates Livestrong chairman position — Associated Press

The Associated Press on Wednesday reported that Lance Armstrong would step down as chairman of the Livestrong Foundation, the cancer advocacy charity he started 15 years ago.

Armstrong did not receive a salary as the chairman and will remain on the 15-person board of directors. Vice chairman Jeff Garvey, who served as the founding chairman in 1997, will assume the vacant position.

“This organization, its mission and its supporters are incredibly dear to my heart,” Armstrong said in a statement. “Today therefore, to spare the foundation any negative effects as a result of controversy surrounding my cycling career, I will conclude my chairmanship.”

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