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Oakley Cuts Ties With Lance Armstrong

The Foothill Ranch-based sunglasses seller drops the disgraced cyclist following the latest findings on Armstrong's alleged doping ring.

Longtime Lance Armstrong sponsor Oakley has severed ties with the disgraced cyclist, who is accused of leading an extensive doping program on his teams.

The Foothill Ranch-based sunglasses retailer did not immediately join last week's rush of sponsors who denounced Armstrong after the United States Anti-Doping Agency stripped him of his seven Tour de France titles and banned him for life following doping allegations.

Instead, the company waited until Monday morning, when the International Cycling Union—the sport's governing body—agreed to stand by the USADA's findings.

"Based on [the International Cycling Union] decision today and the overwhelming evidence that USADA presented, Oakley has severed its longstanding relationship with Lance Armstrong, effective immediately," Oakley announced.

With Oakley's exit, Armstrong has lost all his sponsors, which had included such heavyweights as Nike, Anheuser-Busch, and 24-Hour Fitness.

The company said it will continue to support the Livestrong Foundation, the nonprofit Armstrong established in 1997 as he was completing treatment for cancer. Armstrong stepped down Wednesday from his position as chairman.

The cyclist had always denied doping. In August, he announced that he would no longer fight USADA's allegations.

Earlier this month, the agency released a report of more than 1,000 pages laying out evidence of what it called the "most sophisticated, professionalized and successful doping program that sport has ever seen."

Armstrong was once a "symbol of possibility," Oakley said in its announcement.

"We are deeply saddened by the outcome, but look forward with hope to athletes and teams of the future who will rekindle that inspiration by racing clean, fair and honest," the company said.

Charles October 23, 2012 at 12:45 AM
"Do you use such schemes and are you proud of them, Charles? Whatever it takes to succeed and get over, as long as it's not illegal, right? Is that the legacy a good and decent man would want to leave for his children? Is that the America that you wish to live in?" Yes, Yes, Yes, and Yes (and on the fourth question, I could only wish our government and other organizations were that conscious.)
Charles October 23, 2012 at 12:56 AM
"We are living in brand new America today." Yeah right. And if it is different, people and organizations are less likely to cheat because they are more likely to get caught. Government and corporate watchdogs, media, powerful unions and attorneys, the use of technology, and a generally more informed population keeps things in check better now than 50 years ago.
Andromeda October 23, 2012 at 05:53 PM
You really need to educate yourself on matters that lead to the economic collapse of 2008, who perpetrated it and why the economy still suffers today as a result. Far too complex to explain it to you here.
ms.sc. October 23, 2012 at 08:22 PM
I agree with your post Vince. I wonder just what were the "doping drugs" he is accused of taking? Perhaps did they help him in his fight against his cancer? 1,000 pages sure sounds like someone had a personal agenda with him and alot of time on their hands!
Tom October 24, 2012 at 06:23 AM
I always thought of him as awesome but when you see what blood doping does to enrich your red blood cells for more oxygen delivered to your muscles, its like a pitcher taking steroids...it is the ultimate form of cheating for that sport....he didnt fight it cause he didnt have a leg to stand on with all the cyclists that were ready to testify against him...bottom line is he cheated in the worst way possible...hopefully he goes down for it big time...his charity was the only good thing that came out of all this mess....stripped for life...wow ...what a legacy that leaves....lol....wtg Lance

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