Lance Armstrong's fall from grace

Associated Press
FILE - In this May 20, 2010 file photo, U.S. cyclist Lance Armstrong is helped up after crashing during the fifth stage of the Tour of California cycling race on the outskirts of  Visalia, Calif. Just days after Armstrong's doping admission, cycling is set for more damaging revelations as a long-delayed drug investigation finally goes to court in Spain. Seven years after Spanish investigators uncovered one of cycling's most sophisticated and widespread doping rings, some of its central figures will stand trial on Monday, Jan. 28, 2013 in the Operation Puerto case. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez, File)

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Lance Armstrong fell from grace the way Hemingway described bankruptcy: gradually, and then suddenly. Accused for years of being involved in a wide-ranging doping scandal, Armstrong was stripped of most of his honors, including his seven Tour de France titles. In January 2013, he finally came clean about his doping usage in an interview with Oprah Winfrey.
Jay Busbee

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