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Back in August, the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency announced it was stripping the athlete of his seven Tour de France titles -- and now he's losing another important part title. In a statement on the Livestrong website, Armstrong announced that he is leaving Livestrong because he didn't want his personal problems to take away from what the charity is all about.
"I have had the great honor of serving as this foundation's chairman for the last five years and its mission and success are my top priorities," he writes. "Today therefore, to spare the foundation any negative effects as a result of controversy surrounding my cycling career, I will conclude my chairmanship."
He continues, "My family and I have devoted our lives to the work of the foundation and that will not change. We plan to continue our service to the foundation and the cancer community. We will remain active advocates for cancer survivors and engaged supporters of the fight against cancer."
After losing his titles, Armstrong maintained his innocence, saying he had "never doped." But just last week the USADA released a report (which included more than 1,000 pages of documents) with damning evidence against Armstrong. Though he said at the time that he was "unaffected" by the new documents, it's clear now that that's not the case.
Livestrong vice chairman Jeff Garvey will take over Armstrong's duties. Armstrong will remain on the 15-member board for the Lance Armstrong Foundation.
And if all this weren't enough for Armstrong, he was also dropped from Nike immediately after he stepped down from Livestrong. The company made the decision to terminate their relationship with Armstrong and shared its reasoning on the Nike website:
"Due to the seemingly insurmountable evidence that Lance Armstrong participated in doping and misled Nike for more than a decade, it is with great sadness that we have terminated our contract with him. Nike does not condone the use of illegal performance enhancing drugs in any manner."