Tour wins removed from Twitter bio after UCI strips titles
October 24, 2012, 12:17 am TWN
MELBOURNE, Australia -- Having won seven Tour de France titles is no longer part of Lance Armstrong's Twitter profile.
As late as Monday night, Armstrong's bio on the social media site included a mention of his seven Tour wins from 1999-2005, but reference to the race was removed hours after he was stripped of the titles by the International Cycling Union and banned from the sport for life for his involvement in what the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency described as a massive doping program.
Early Tuesday, Armstrong's profile said: “Raising my five kids. Fighting Cancer. Swim, bike, run and golf whenever I can.” Previously, the profile said: “Father of 5 amazing kids, 7-time Tour de France winner, full time cancer fighter, part time triathlete.”
The Twitter change was the only immediate reaction from Armstrong to the UCI's decision to take away his titles.
Armstrong has been a prolific user of Twitter and has nearly 3,800,000 followers on his page. His most recent tweet was on Oct. 17 when he announced he would stand down as chairman of the Livestrong cancer charity that he founded.
Armstrong has steadfastly denied doping, but chose not to fight USAD