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Lance Armstrong might start new cancer foundation

Jul 14, 2014, 9:32 AM EDT

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Disgraced cyclist and cancer survivor Lance Armstrong doesn’t expect to ever return to Livestrong and said starting his own foundation again is “probably the most likely scenario.”

Armstrong talked to the Des Moines Register in a story published one week after an Esquire story quoted Livestrong’s president saying Armstrong would be welcomed if he wanted to return (Livestrong’s chairman later said in a statement having Armstrong rejoin the organization in any capacity was not on the table).

“To see the follow-up statement from the chairman, Jeff Garvey, that was more in line with where I think [Livestrong] are,” Armstrong told the Des Moines Register. “Again, that’s beyond my control. I can’t force that issue, but what I can do is stay committed to the fight, stay committed to the cause, and if I’m not welcome there, then I will either a) start my own foundation, again, which is probably the most likely scenario, or just be willing and able to help wherever I’m at. I think it’s convenient for them to put me on the sidelines, but I’m not staying on the sidelines.”

If Livestrong’s leaders agreed to ask Armstrong to come back, would he?

“That is a very tricky, tricky question,” Armstrong told the newspaper. “I’d have to … I don’t know the answer to that right now. That would have to involve a lot of conversation. I’m a big believer in the whole Jim Collins theory of who’s on the bus, who’s been on the bus, wanted to get off the bus and wanted to get off the bus now. We might have to look at who’s on the bus.

“I don’t see that happening anytime soon. In fact, I’m almost certain that’s not going to happen.”

Armstrong, 42, was diagnosed with testicular cancer in 1996 and started the Lance Armstrong Foundation (later changed to Livestrong) in 1997.

He won a record seven straight Tour de France titles from 1999 through 2005, was banned for life and stripped of those titles in 2012 for doping and had his ties with Livestrong severed.

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  1. mogogo1 - Jul 14, 2014 at 11:52 AM

    I don’t understand why he wouldn’t just return to Livestrong who reportedly would like him to come back. He may not like them asking him to step down in the first place, but that was a very understandable move given how things went down. And despite their donations dropping a lot since he left, they are still an established entity whereas any new group he started would not be.

    • Nick Zaccardi - Jul 14, 2014 at 1:44 PM

      They don’t want him back. The chairman contradicted the president’s statement.

      • mogogo1 - Jul 14, 2014 at 3:31 PM

        Who knows what the majority of the organization thinks, but in addition to the president the recent article also included stories of staffers talking about how a comeback might work. They’ve lost something like 40% of their donations since Armstrong left. And that’s the loss they’ve seen with him on the sidelines. If he starts a new organization directly competing with them their donations are bound to slip even further. I don’t really see how they can not invite him back if he has any interest at all. The alternative if he starts another group could well be Livestrong being gone in a few years.

  2. zappa1949 - Jul 14, 2014 at 6:50 PM

    Why would people want to donate to a cheater than to an organization which helps people

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