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Lance Armstrong formally severs ties with his cancer charity Livestrong

Pat McQuaid, UCI president

UPDATE: Lance Armstrong has formally severed his ties with Livestrong, the cancer charity he founded. Story.

(Nov. 2): The World Anti-Doping Agency announced Friday that it would not appeal the decision by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) in its case against Lance Armstrong. Story.

Lance Armstrong has been officially stripped of his seven Tour de France titles and banned for life after the International Cycling Union (UCI) ratified the United States Anti-Doping Agency’s (USADA) sanctions against the American, Reuters reports.

“Lance Armstrong has no place in cycling. Lance Armstrong deserves to be forgotten in cycling,” UCI president Pat McQuaid told a news conference.

Read the article to find out how the USADA and Armstrong responded, as well as who might receive the Tour de France titles won by Armstrong. More.

On Oct. 23, former Armstrong teammate Steffen Kjaergaard, who rode on the U.S. Postal Service team in the Tour de France in 2000 and 2001, admitted to doping and was placed on leave as Norway’s cycling federation sports director. Read more.

The UCI decision is the latest development in the Armstrong investigation that exploded on Oct. 10 when USADA released all of its evidence against Armstrong, more than 1,000 pages and sworn testimony from 26 people, about the cyclist’s doping activities while racing with the U.S. Postal Service Cycling team. A 200-page document was made public. Read the document.

Over the course of the following week the fallout continued as Nike ended its contract with Armstrong and a number of other sponsors, including Radio Shack, Trek, Oakley and Anheuser-Busch, followed suit. In addition, Armstrong stepped down as Chairman at Livestrong, his cancer-fighting charity. Read more.

Riders who testified included Armstrong teammates such as Tom Danielson, Tyler Hamilton, George Hincapie, Floyd Landis, Levi Leipheimer, Christian Vande Velde, Jonathan Vaughters and David Zabriskie. Armstrong attorney Tim Herman called the report “a one-sided hatchet job” that used the testimony of  “serial perjurers.”

The allegations will seem familiar to anyone who has seen recent interviews with Tyler Hamilton or read his book The Secret Race about his life in bike racing before and after he tested positive in 2004 for having someone else’s blood in his system. Among many other things, the book undercuts the argument that, just because someone has passed a drug test, he or she is clean. Read an Outside Magazine Q&A with Tyler Hamilton.

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Christian Vandevelde uses time trial to become winner of the second USA Pro Challenge

That youth movement will just have to wait. Christian Vandevelde finished second overall in Sunday’s time trial to claim the second USA Pro Challenge, beating young gun Tejay Vangarderen and defending champ Levi Leipheimer.

Even though Vandevelde and Vangarderen had traded the leader’s yellow jersey most of the week, it was Leipheimer who led going into Stage 7 in Denver. But Vandevelde ran a strong second in the stage — Boulder’s Taylor Phinney won the 9.5 mile time trial in a time of  17:25 — to beat Vangarderen by 21 seconds and Leipheimer by 24 seconds.

Read more about the race in The New York Times and The Denver Post. Get complete race standings at the USA Pro Challenge website

STAGE 6: Even though the USA Pro Challenge leader’s jersey already had changed hands four times this week, all the talk about the overall lead focused on young Tejay Van Garderen and veteran Christian Vandevelde.

Defending champion Levi Leipheimer? He might have been just 8 seconds back, but as little as people discussed his chances, he seemed 8 minutes back.

No longer. Leipheimer didn’t win Stage 6, that went to Aussie and Boulder resident Rory Sutherland. But his fifth-place finish was strong enough to catapult him into the lead, 9 seconds ahead of Vandevelde and 21 seconds ahead of Vangarderen.

And with only a time trial — a discipline Leipheimer used to take the lead on the way to victory last year — left in Denver on Sunday, suddenly Leipehmer looks like the man to beat.

Here’s an Overview of Stage 7, a time trial in Denver. Find out where you can watch the race live starting at 2 p.m. MDT (pre-race show at 1:30 p.m.) on the NBC Sports Network or follow online here.

STAGE 5: Make that two stage wins for Tyler Farrar, who won a sprint in Colorado Springs to claim Stage 5 in the USA Pro Challenge.

While the win allowed Farrar to reclaim the Green Jersey for top sprinter, the yellow jersey remained with Tejay Van Garderen , who still shares the same time with  Christian VandeVelde.

Here’s an Overview of Stage 6, from Golden to Boulder. Find out where you can watch the race live starting at 2 p.m. MDT (pre-race show at 1:30 p.m.) on the NBC Sports Network or follow online here.

STAGE 4: Jens Voigt knew how hard the first three days of the USA Pro Challenge had been. He knew that the favorites might want to keep an eye on each other and take it easy during Stage 4.

So the wily veteran known as the “King of Pain” joined a breakaway to start the day, left them behind to atop Independence Pass, then held on to record a wire-to-wire victory, winning by almost 3 minutes when he reached the finish line in Beaver Creek. (Skiing great Lindsey Vonn presented him with an award.)

Since the 40-year-old Voigt was no threat to the overall lead, standing 11:50 back at the start of the stage, the peleton made little effort to catch him. That didn’t mean the leaders in the peleton — Christian VandeVelde and Tejay Van Garderen — weren’t jockeying for a better position.

Even though the two finished with the same time for the third straight day, Van Garderen took back the yellow jersey on points — just as VandeVelde had taken it from him in Stage 3. Andreas Kloden finished second in the stage, just ahead of Van Garderen.

After the top two, the others in the top 5 still include Ivan Rovny (6  seconds back), followed by defending champ Levi Leipheimer and Ramiro Rincon (both 8 seconds back).

Here’s an Overview of Stage 5, from Breckenridge to Colorado Springs. Find out where you can watch the race live starting at 2 p.m. MDT (pre-race show at 1:30 p.m.) on the NBC Sports Network or follow online here.

Stage 3: Tom Danielson had the ride of his life in Stage 3, joining an early breakaway and staying away from the peleton just long enough to claim a thrilling victory in the USA Pro Challenge.

Danielson was one of the first over Cottonwood Pass and then topped Independence Pass some 1:45 ahead of the peleton, which was impressive enough. But then he withstood the onslaught of the peleton into Aspen, only winning the race by 2 seconds.

The Garmin rider, only 12 seconds back in the Overall Standings at the start of the day, now stands 10 seconds behind race leader Christian VandeVelde, who shares the same time as previous leader Tejay Van Garderen but leads on points.

The top 5, after VandeVelde and Van Garderen, includes Ivan Rovny (6  seconds back), defending champ Levi Leipheimer and Ramiro Rincon (both 8 seconds back), and Danielson is now sixth, 10 seconds back. American Chris Horner is now ninth, 12 seconds back.

Here’s an Overview of Stage 4, from Aspen to Beaver Creek. Find out where you can watch the race live starting at 2 p.m. MDT (pre-race show at 1:30 p.m.) on the NBC Sports Network or follow online here.

STAGE 2: What a comeback! Tejay Van Garderen, seemingly out of contention when the peleton entered Crested Butte, rallied in the final climb to claim Stage 2 of the USA Pro Challenge.

The Boulder-based rider won just ahead of a charging Christian VandeVelde, who also was buried late in the race.  Russian rider Ivan Rovny joined the Americans on the podium by finishing third.

Van Garderen now is the overall leader, in a tie with VandeVelde, followed by Rovny (6 seconds back) and defending champ Levi Leipheimer (8 seconds back). Ramiro Rincon stands fifth (also 8 seconds back), while Americans Chris Horner (8th) and Tom Danielson are both just 12 seconds back.

Here’s an Overview of Stage 3, from Gunnison to Aspen. The Queen Stage of this race includes a pair of epic climbs of Cottonwood Pass and then Independence Pass. Find out where you can watch the race live starting at 2 p.m. MDT (pre-race show at 1:30 p.m.) on the NBC Sports Network or follow online here.

STAGE 1: Tyler Farrar is the man to beat after the first stage of the USA Pro Challenge. The American took advantage of a lead-out by Rory Sutherland, whose own sprinter was not in position to challenge, to spring into a lead he never lost and win the 125-mile stage that finished in Telluride.

A large pack of contenders finished with the same time, including efending champion Levi Leipheimer, Fred Rodriguez, Chris Horner, Tejay Van Garderen, Jens Voigt, George Hincapie, Andreas Kloden and Tom Danielson.

The pace was too much for some other elite riders, though. Vincenzo Nibali, third-place finisher at the Tour de France, was in a group that finished 1:46 back. Cadel Evans, Ivan Basso and American Taylor Phinney were  much farther back, trailing in 12:45 after the leaders.

Hear what the winners had to say in this Denver Post story.

The USA Pro Challenge continues through Sunday, Aug. 26.  Levi Leipheimer is the defending champion in the race, which also includes six of the top 13 finishers from this year’s Tour de FranceVincenzo Nibali (3rd), Tejay Van Garderen (5th), Evans (7th), Janez Brajkovic (9th), Andreas Kloden (11th) and Chris Horner (13).  Taylor Phinney, who finished fourth in the road race and time trial at the Olympics, also will compete.

Top teams participating include BMC, Radio Shack, Garmin and Astana. See all the teams on the race’s official website here.

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Race wrapup and up-close look at the peleton on the final day of USA Pro Cycling Challenge

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The peleton spins out of a turn at the USA Pro Cycling Challenge during the final stage in Denver.

Levi Leipheimer won the inaugural  USA Pro Cycling Challengewhich concluded Sunday. But the bike-crazy fans of Colorado felt like winners as well, flocking in large crowds to each stage, with as many as 250,000 coming on the final day in Denver. What was the scene like? Check out this “homemade” video to hear and see the excitement at a turn on the course.

Need a update on the race that included the likes of Christian VandeVelde, Tejay VanGarderen,Tom Danielson, George Hincapie, Tour de France champion Cadel Evans, as well as Andy and Frank Schleck? Here are reports on each stage:

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Leipheimer the champion as first USA Pro Cycling Challenge concludes in Denver

Levi Leipheimer

USA Pro Cycling Challenge champion Levi Leipheimer

Denver — Perhaps we should have figured a Montana native by the name of Levi would tame the Colorado high country and win the inaugural  USA Pro Cycling Challenge. But it took a lot more than a birthplace for Levi Leipheimer to win, starting with his record run in the time trial on Wednesday on Vail.

And surprisingly, after several days of the yellow jersey moving from rider to rider, the final four days produced no changes in the order of finish or the time gaps. Which didn’t make Sunday’s final ride into Denver any less entertaining than the rest of the race, producing several breakaways in front of a huge crowd, estimated at 250,000, to watch this 518-mile race come to an end. And while Elia Viviani, who had won previous sprint finishes in Steamboat Springs and Breckenridge, could have won on Sunday, he worked to help his teammate, Daniel Oss, win instead.

And when it was over, Leipheimer hung on for the win, followed by Christian VandeVelde (:11 back), Teejay VanGarderen (:17), Tom Danielson (:21) and veteran George Hincapie (:53) to give Americans a sweep of the race’s top five spots.

Tour de France champion Cadel Evans acquited himself well, finishing seventh (1:18 back), but things didn’t go as well for his podium mates from the tour, Frank Schleck (13th, 2:17 back) and his brother Andy (33rd, 6:65). Find complete stage and overall standings here.

Check out stories on previous stages in the race:

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Levi Leipheimer jumps back into lead with record in Vail time trial at USA Pro Challenge

WATCH ONLINE: Catch a live stream of every stage on Shack Tracker. The quality is good and standings are updated dynamically on the page. Watch here starting at 2 p.m. Mountain time to see Friday’s Stage 4 ride from Avon to Steamboat Springs.

Vail — The second time trial in the USA Pro Cycling Challenge was the reverse of the downhill Prologue, going up Vail Pass. It also reversed the overall standings at the top once again in this highly-competitive race as  Levi Leipheimer set a course record to take back the yellow jersey.

There was one definite similarity to the prologue: an early rider, in this case David Zabriskie of Garmin-Cervelo, put up a time (24:46) that was hard to match, though veteran Jens Voit did come within 3 seconds. Then all bets were off when Colombian rider Rafael Infantio blew away the field with a ride of 25:51.

When the big stars hit the road the times really started to sink fast. First came fifth-place holder Christian VandeVelde, who set a course record in 25:47. But moments later, amazingly, Leipheimer edged him by the scarecest of margins, 58 hundredths, to win the stage and re-take the overall lead, just 11 seconds ahead of VandeVelde. Other top racers:

  • Young Tejay Van Garderen, the overall leader at day’s start, lost almost 52 seconds to Leipheimer and is now third, 17 seconds back.
  • George Hincapie, winner of Wednesday’s Queen Stage and second overall at day’s start, turned in a respectable time and still stands fifth, just 53 seconds back.
  • Pre-race favorite Tom Danielson was third at day’s start and finished the day fourth, 24 seconds back.
  • Frank Schleck who started the day in 12th, had a strong ride of 27:22. And brother Andy Schleck, who had little to race for, still turned in a good ride, just 2:07 off the day’s fastet time.

Find complete stage and overall standings here.

And now it’s off to Avon on Thursday for Stage 4, an 82.8 mile stage race to Steamboat Springs.

Check out stories on previous stages in the race:

Interested in more details about the race? Check out these links:

  • The course: From Prologue to high country, here’s where the race will be contested in Crested Butte, Aspen, Vail, Steamboat Springs and more. Get maps, elevation gain information and video.
  • Teams: Who’s racing? The entire list of competitors.
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By George, Hincapie gets a popular win in Aspen; Van Garderen takes lead from Leipheimer

WATCH ONLINE: Catch a live stream of every stage on Shack Tracker. The quality is good and standings are updated dynamically on the page. Watch here starting at 12:50 p.m. Mountain time to see Thursday’s time trial in Vail.

ASPEN — The second stage race in the USA Pro Cycling Challenge on Wednesday featured two brutal climbs, so perhaps it figured that the old warhorse, George Hincapie, would claim the win in a sprint finish in rainy Aspen — as well as second place in the overall standings.

Young Tejay Van Garderen finished with the lead group to claim the overall lead in the race over Hincapie by 16 seconds, while pre-race favorite Tom Danielson leapt from ninth to third, just 22 seconds back.

The leader entering the day, Levi Leipheimer, was among the first to reach the top of the final climb on Independence Pass, but lost time on the descent and now is in fourth place overall (34 seconds back), followed by Christian VandeVelde (:45 back) and Tour de France winner Cadel Evans (:51).

Frank Schleck now stands 12th (1:16 back), but brother Andy stumbled badly and is 5:22 back. Find complete stage and overall standings here.

After the race start in Gunnison, a breakaway developed on the way up Cottonwood Pass and maintained a 3+ minute advantage over the peleton as they reached Twin Lakes, the beginning of the long climb up Independence Pass. Riders in the lead group included Danny Pate (HTC-Highroad), Andre Steensen and, perhaps most ominously for the pelotion, two riders from the Colombian team Gobernacion de Antioquia, Rafael Montiel and Alejandro Ramirez. But Leipheimer, forced to respond by the talented young Van Garderen, reeled in the lead group by the top of the telling climb up Independence Pass.

And now it’s off to Vail on Thursday for Stage 3, a 10-mile time trial.

Previous stages in the race:

Interested in more details about the race? Check out these links:

  • The course: From Prologue to high country, here’s where the race will be contested in Crested Butte, Aspen, Vail, Steamboat Springs and more. Get maps, elevation gain information and video.
  • Teams: Who’s racing? The entire list of competitors.
  • History: This isn’t the first pro cycling race in Colorado. Learn about the Red Zinger Classic and the Coors Classic.
  • The jerseys: See what the leader, top climber and sprinters will be wearing.
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Leipheimer leaps to big win on Stage 2 of USA Pro Cycling Challenge in Crested Butte

STAGE 2 VIEWING: Watch live streams of every stage on Shack Tracker. The quality is excellent and standings are updated dynamically as you watch. Watch here at 9:50 a.m. MDT on Wednesday, Aug. 24, to see the dramatic route over two 12,000-foot-plus passes en route to Aspen.

The first stage race in the USA Pro Cycling Challenge proved a long, hot day for some of the best riders in the world on Tuesday, but at the end Levi Leipheimer found the strength to pull away from the leaders in the final ascent to Mt. Crested Butte for the win.

Some of the biggest names in the sport came next, with Sergio Henao and Frank Schleck finishing 4 seconds back, followed by Cadel Evans and Christian VandeVelde seven seconds back.  In the overall standings, VandeVelde now stands second (11 seconds back) and Tour de France Champion Cadel Evans is in fourth (17 seconds back). Tom Danielson, a pre-race favorite, is in ninth (37 seconds back). Find complete stage and overall standings here.

After the start in Salida There was an early breakaway of four riders, which became the first to reach the top of Monarch Pass. The breakaway included Eduard Beltran, who claimed the first mountain points of the stage. Then Beltran slipped back, leaving Jay Thomson and Bradley White alone in the lead, 3:55 ahead of the peleton with 50 miles to go.

Against the odds, the pair remained more than 3 minutes ahead when they reached Gunnison, where the course turned north to Crested Butte. But the Peleton always wins, which was the case when the pack of riders reeled in the leaders with 8.6 miles to go, setting up the final climb. Read the race story in the Denver Post.

And now it’s off to Gunnison for Stage 2, a 99.4-mile race with plenty of climbing, including 11,318-foot Monarch Pass, before an uphill finish at Mt. Crested Butte.

WATCH ONLINE: Catch a live stream of every stage on Shack Tracker. The quality is excellent, standings are updated dynamically on the page as you watch. Watch here at 2 p.m. MDT on Wednesday, Aug. 24.

Did you miss Monday’s Prologue in Colorado Springs. Results.

Interested in more details about the race? Check out these links:

  • The course: From Prologue to high country, here’s where the race will be contested in Crested Butte, Aspen, Vail, Steamboat Sprigs and more. Get maps, elevation gain information and video.
  • Teams: Who’s racing? The entire list of competitors.
  • History: This isn’t the first pro cycling race in Colorado. Learn about the Red Zinger Classic and the Coors Classic.
  • The jerseys: See what the leader, top climber and sprinters will be wearing.
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