Defiant Lance Armstrong Tweets Photo With Tour De France Jerseys
A potentially defiant Lance Armstrong tweeted a photo of him lounging on a couch — with his seven Tour de France yellow jerseys in the background. The former cyclist may have lost the titles in the record books, thanks to his doping scandal, but it appears Armstrong isn’t above celebrating them still.
Armstrong tweeted the photo of himself on Sunday, which had a panoramic view of all seven jerseys he won consecutively from 1999 to 2005, reports CBS News.
The photo’s caption was simply, “Back in Austin and just layin’ around…” Despite the evidence against him, Armstrong has continued to deny allegations that he was doping for most of his cycling career. The US Anti-Doping Agency released a scathing report stating the former cyclist lead a massive doping program on his teams.
The resulting fallout caused Armstrong’s name to be scrubbed from the Tour de France record books, erasing all seven titles he won. All of Lance Armstrong’s major sponsors have also abandoned him and he has stepped down as the head of his cancer charity, Livestrong.
Yahoo! Sports muses that Lance Armstrong’s Twitter photo is a sign that, while he may have lost the titles in the record books, the former cyclist still views himself as the seven-time Tour de France winner.
While the UCI won’t be yanking Lance’s jerseys off his wall (and it looks like he’d put up a fight if they did), the International Olympic Committee may take away his medals, if they decide to rule against him.
Do you think that Lance Armstrong’s Twitter photo showing his seven yellow Tour de France jerseys was an act of defiance, or simply a photo showing the former cyclist relaxing at home?