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'Humbled' Armstrong faces public

ESPN staff
October 20, 2012
Lance Armstrong has been dropped by several sponsors © PA Photos

Lance Amstrong reflected on an "interesting" couple of weeks as he made his first public appearance since last week's damaging United States Anti-Doping Agency report.

The USADA concluded Armstrong and his United States Postal Service team ran "the most sophisticated, professionalised and successful doping programme that sport has ever seen", and stripped him of all results since August 1, 1998, including seven Tour de France wins from 1999 to 2005. He has also been abandoned by some of his sponsors, including Nike.

Amstrong, who has opted not to contest the charges posted by the USADA in August, has been active on Twitter since the report was released, but until Friday had not been seen in public.

"I am truly humbled by your support," he said at the 15th anniversary celebration of his charity, Livestrong. "It's been an interesting couple of weeks. It's been a difficult couple of weeks for me and my family, my friends and this foundation."

Speaking about how he was faring, he commented: "I say [to others], 'I've been better, but I've also been worse'."

On Monday the International Cycling Union will offer its reaction to the USADA's findings, accepting or rejecting the punishments imposed.

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