Armstrong Cuts Official Ties With Livestrong

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Nov. 12 2012 11:17 AM

Lance Armstrong Cuts Official Ties With Livestrong

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Lance Armstrong addresses participants at the Livestrong Challenge Ride on Oct. 21 in Austin, Texas.

Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images.

Lance Armstrong's seven yellow jerseys are still hanging on the wall, according to a picture he posted on Twitter over the weekend—but that's pretty much all that remains of the cyclist's former glory.

Armstrong announced Monday that he has cut all official ties with his cancer-fighting charity, Livestrong, to avoid any further PR damage posed by the doping charges against him. The cancer survivor and cycling star had resigned as Livestrong chairman in the wake of the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency report that stripped his name from his sport's record books—and sent sponsors like Nike fleeing—but had retained a seat on the board. No longer.

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Unsurprisingly, Livestrong officials had kind words for its founder, who has given nearly $7 million to the group over the years, saying he remains the "inspiration" behind the cancer awareness organization. The Associated Press with new Livestrong chairman Jeff Garvey's statement:

"Lance Armstrong was instrumental in changing the way the world views people affected by cancer. His devotion to serving survivors is unparalleled and for 15 years, he committed himself to that cause with all his heart," [new board chairman Jeff] Garvey said.

You can read previous Slatest coverage of the Armstrong case here and here.