Seven-time Tour de France winner. Armstrong was a professional road racing cyclist and survivor of testicular cancer who retired in early 2011. In June 2012, the US Anti-Doping Agency charged him of using illegal performance enhancing drugs based on evident of blood samples and other cyclists’ testimony. Armstrong gave up fighting against the allegation in August. On October 22, Union Cycliste Internationale(UCI) announced it recognizes USADA' findings, banning Armstrong for life and stripping all his seven Tour de France titles.
English town to burn Lance Armstrong in effigy
Associated Press in London
His career is in ruins and now an effigy of Lance Armstrong is about to go up in smoke.
The disgraced American cyclist has been chosen as the latest celebrity to be burnt in effigy during an English town’s nationally famous Bonfire Night celebrations.
Edenbridge in southeast England has built a 9-metre model of Armstrong, who was stripped recently of his seven Tour de France titles for doping offenses.
The effigy, to be burnt on Saturday, sports a sign saying “For sale, racing bike, no longer required.”
Towns across Britain light bonfires and set off fireworks on November 5 to commemorate Guy Fawkes’ failed plot in 1605 to blow up Parliament.
The bonfires are traditionally topped with an effigy of Fawkes but have been decorated with contemporary figures over recent years.
Previous Edenbridge effigies include comedian Russell Brand and soccer star Wayne Rooney.