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Lance Armstrong: Blow to kids' idol, brings new respect for Dad

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(Read caption) Lance Armstrong cycles down a mountain during the Bourg-d'Oisans to Le Grand Bornand stage of the 2004 Tour de France. Armstrong was stripped of his seven Tour de France titles and banned from competing on Oct. 22, 2012.

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Today my four sons lost their hero Lance Armstrong when the International Cycling Union agreed with US authorities on the charges he’s both a doper and a pusher, stripping him of all seven Tour de France titles. Maybe that’s a good thing because they learned that their dad, who once had a shot at pro-cycling and shied from it because he feared the pressure of an ingrained doping circuit, was telling the truth and not just making excuses.

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Learning that the International Cycling Union has stripped Lance Armstrong of his Tour de France titles for not only doping, but allegedly bullying teammates into doing the same, is like learning Superman doesn’t hail from Planet Krypton and Clark Kent faked all his stories for the Daily Planet.

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