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Olympic Cycling programme could have three events added to it

Cycling shake up could see three more events added for Rio Olympics

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Changing times: Laura Trott won the omnium at London 2012 but the event could be removed in an event shake up

The 2016 Olympic Games cycling programme could be extended after the International Cycling Union agreed to make a proposal for the addition of three events.

The Olympic track programme was radically altered between the Games of Beijing 2008 and London 2012 to create gender parity, but saw traditional endurance disciplines marginalised in favour of the multi-event omnium.

It has been suggested another overhaul could see the omnium – the women's event in London was won by Britain's Laura Trott – removed for Rio, but the UCI made no reference to this at its meeting ahead of the Cyclo-Cross World Championships in Louisville.

Instead the UCI will bid for points races, which featured in Beijing, to return, plus an extension to the BMX and mountain bike programmes which in London 2012 featured one discipline.

A statement from the UCI management committee read: 'With regards to the 2016 Olympic Games to be held in Rio de Janeiro (BRA), the management committee expressed its support for a proposal to be made to the International Olympic Committee for the addition to the cycling programme of a points race and BMX freestyle and mountain bike eliminator events for both men and women.'

Nicole Cooke retires from cycling and attacks drug cheats

When Lance cries on Oprah spare a thought for those who walked away with shattered dreams: Golden girl Cooke slams drug cheats after retiring from cycling

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Cooke had thought she could put an indifferent four years behind her and mount a defence of her title, but finished only 31st.

The time between Beijing and London
was marked by a spat with Armitstead at the 2011 World Championships,
when Cooke was accused of riding 'for herself', rather than the team.

The duo put that behind them before again being team-mates at last summer's Olympics.

Armitstead was among the first to pay
tribute to Cooke, writing on Twitter: 'Congratulations to Nicole Cooke
on a fantastic career!'

British Cycling president Brian Cookson said: 'There is no doubt that Nicole has been a pioneering force in women's cycling.

'British Cycling owes a huge debt of gratitude to her and wish her all the best.'

COOKE REPORT – A LIFE ON THE ROAD

Team-mate: Elizabeth Armitstead and Nicole Cooke

1983 – Born April 13, Swansea, Wales.

2000 – Wins gold medals in World Championship junior road races in France and Spain.

2001 – Continues that success with further wins in junior race and time-trial in Portugal.Awarded the Bidlake Memorial Prize, given for outstanding performance or contribution to the betterment of cycling.

2002 – Wins gold medal in women’s road race at the Commonwealth Games in Manchester.

2003 – Wins the women’s road race World Cup, the youngest to do so and the first Briton. Named BBC Wales Sports Personality of the Year.

2004 – Becomes the youngest winner of the Giro d’Italia Femminile.

August – Finishes fifth in road race in the Athens Olympics.

2006 – Wins the bronze medal in the road race at the Commonwealth Games in Melbourne.
September – Wins road race World Cup for the second time.

2008 – August – Wins gold medal in road race at the Beijing Olympics, Britain’s first medal of the Games.

September – Becomes first cyclist to win World Championships and Olympics in same year with victory in Varese, Italy.

2009: June – Wins Giro del Trentino, before triumphing in British Championships road race for the ninth time.

2010: June – Beaten into third place as Emma Pooley wins British Championships.

September – Fourth in World Championships road race.

October – Fifth in Commonwealth Games road race.

2011: June – Fourth in British Championships as Lizzie Armitstead wins.

July – Wins Giro D’Italia stage five.

September – Has a well-publicised spat with Armitstead, who was
nominated leader at World Championships but accused Cooke of riding 'for
herself'.

2012: June – Sixth at British Championships road race.

July – Finishes 31st in defence of her Olympic title as Armitstead (above) claims
Britain’s first medal of London 2012, a silver behind Marianne Vos of
Holland.

September – Finishes 60th as Vos wins the world title in Limburg, Holland.

2013: January 14 – Announces retirement.

SPOTY 2012: Andy Murray should have won, not Bradley Wiggins

If it's really about sport, Murray should have prevailed over Wiggins

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09:57 GMT, 17 December 2012

You could easily have made a case for half a dozen different winners. And that’s just among those who didn’t make the top 12.

It is inevitable, then, that last night’s BBC Sports Personality of the Year victory for Bradley Wiggins will not represent the end of the debate.

Ah, how glorious it is to argue over which of Britain’s multi-talented, honour-laden, phenomenally successful sporting ambassadors should be named first among equals in a public poll.

At last: Andy Murray won the US Open to end years 76 years of hurt

At last: Andy Murray won the US Open to end years 76 years of hurt

Murray's mint

Martin Samuel also felt the Scot should have won last night

Anyone who knows athletics understands how impossible it should have been for Mo Farah to do the distance double. Or how about Jess Ennis, THE face of London 2012, having missed Beijing through injury

Chris Hoy, Britain’s greatest ever Olympian. The Paralympians who changed attitudes about disability in Britain — and beyond. All held a claim on the crown.

But, if it’s really about the sport, the prize should have gone to Andy Murray. Put bluntly, he didn’t just succeed when it mattered — he also triumphed with the weight of history on his shoulders.

Winner: Bradley Wiggins was crowned Sports Personality of the Year

Winner: Bradley Wiggins was crowned Sports Personality of the Year

That is not something you could say about even Wiggins, as remarkable achievement it was being the first British winner of the Tour de France.

While that historic victory will stand for the ages, it is not as if Wiggo has had to deal with years and years of endless questioning over when one of ‘our boys’ might finally end the wait for a Continent-conquering road warrior to emerge.

As much as we all celebrated the win by a fantastic athlete and all-round geezer, if he had finished runner-up or even ninth, the nation would have shrugged and moved on.

Recognised: Murray came third and was presented the trophy by Lennox Lewis

Recognised: Murray came third and was presented the trophy by Lennox Lewis

Murray Every time he has ‘squandered’ a Grand Slam opportunity, the wailing and gnashing of teeth has been heard around the world. Oh, how could that serial Scottish loser possibly let Britain down again He alone had lived with the ghost of Fred Perry, British angst, 1936 and all that.

And he’d failed in four Slam finals. No one had ever lost their first five. No other nominee can understand what it’s like to have lived under that kind of expectation for more than just a couple of weeks during one glorious sporting summer.

Let the debate continue, then. Enjoy it. We may never get the chance to argue like this again.

Craig Pickering swaps sprinting for bobsleigh

Cool Runnings! Just like the film, Olympian Pickering swaps sprinting for bobsleigh

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10:28 GMT, 7 December 2012

Olympic sprinter Craig Pickering has quit athletics and joined the Great Britain bobsleigh team in a bid to make the 2014 Winter Games.

The 26-year-old, who competed in the 100metres at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, missed out on making this year’s London Games after suffering an injury that required surgery on his back.

In October he lost his UK Athletics funding and has since decided to try his hand at the bobsleigh instead.

All change: Craig Pickering (second left) hopes to compete in the bobsleigh

All change: Craig Pickering (second left) hopes to compete in the bobsleigh

‘It’s been frustrating because I felt good enough to get funding,’ Pickering told BBC Sport.

‘But I’ve been in athletics for so long I started to feel a bit jaded. This is a new challenge I’m really excited by.

‘It’s great to have another opportunity and to go to a Winter and Summer Games, which not many people have done, would be incredible.

‘I do hope I can help [GB bobsleigh], but with their recent results I know I’m going to have to push myself really hard.

‘I am not in it just for Sochi [2014 Olympics] and then heading off back to athletics, I am in it because I want to do it for a long time.

Struggles: Pickering failed to make London 2012 after suffering from injury

Struggles: Pickering failed to make London 2012 after suffering from injury

‘Bobsleigh training and athletics training isn’t as different as people will think and the initial plan is to do some indoor athletics as well as bobsleigh and ease into the new regime.

‘Ultimately I want to help them be in the mix for a medal [in Sochi 2014] and all of my efforts will be in that,” he added.

The British bobsleigh team have been in impressive form in their early part of the season, with the men’s team currently ranked fourth in the world.

GB performance director Gary Anderson said: ‘Our performances across the board have been exactly what we required in this important pre-Olympic season.’

From the track to the ice…

Craig Pickering is not the first to make the switch from the track to the bobsleigh..

Marcus Adam won 200m gold at the 1990 Commonwealth Games before changing sports.

He competed in the two-man bobsleigh event at the 2002 Winter Olympics, finishing 10th.

Dean Macey and Jason Gardener

Former Commonwealth decathlon gold medallist Dean Macey also took up the bobsleigh after his retirement from athletics in 2008.

He finished six at the 2008 British Bobsleigh Championships with former sprinter Jason Gardener and failed to reach the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver.

… and don't forget Cool Runnings!

In the classic film, which is loosely based on the true story of the Jamaican bobsled team's debut in the 1988 Winter Olympics, 100m sprinter Derice Bannock is convinced to compete after failing to qualify for the summer Olympics.

He is joined by Sanka Coffie, Yul Brenner and Junior Bevel and the quartet enjoys some success before crashing spectacularly.

Parker leaves British cycling to join England rugby staff

EXCLUSIVE: England poach British cycling guru to spearhead World Cup push

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10:36 GMT, 20 November 2012


Joined up: Matt Parker's appointment will be viewed as a stunning coup

Joined up: Matt Parker's appointment will be viewed as a stunning coup

Stuart Lancaster has made a bold move to enhance England’s back-room staff ahead of the next World Cup by recruiting a central figure from the all-conquering British cycling team.

Matt Parker was one of the sports scientists whose pioneering work helped paved the way for a gold rush in the velodrome at Beijing 2008 and London 2012.

He has been recruited by Lancaster to fill the role of ‘head of athletic performance’, with responsibility for fitness and medical care, and his appointment is regarded by the RFU as a stunning coup.

An RFU spokesman told Sportsmail: ‘We are looking for someone of that calibre but nothing has been agreed.

‘This person will play a key role in the development of the England team through to 2015.’

However, it is understood that the deal has been done and Parker is due to take up his new post at Twickenham early in the new year.

He joined British Cycling as endurance coach in 2006 and went on to coach Bradley Wiggins to two gold medals at the Beijing Olympics.

Helping hand: Parker was part of the team which enabled Sir Chris Hoy and Co to perform so well

Helping hand: Parker was part of the team which enabled Sir Chris Hoy and Co to perform so well

Parker also masterminded the team pursuit squad’s world record ride at the 2008 Games, having introduced a completely new way of tackling the event.

More recently, as ‘head of marginal gains’, Parker has been one of those responsible for implementing Dave Brailsford’s fabled philosophy at British Cycling and Team Sky.

Cycling Guru Matt Parker joins England rugby staff

EXCLUSIVE: Cycling guru Parker joins England rugby staff after helping Team GB strike gold

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23:00 GMT, 19 November 2012


Joined up: Matt Parker's appointment will be viewed as a stunning coup

Joined up: Matt Parker's appointment will be viewed as a stunning coup

Stuart Lancaster has made a bold move to enhance England’s back-room staff ahead of the next World Cup by recruiting a central figure from the all-conquering British cycling team.

Matt Parker was one of the sports scientists whose pioneering work helped paved the way for a gold rush in the velodrome at Beijing 2008 and London 2012.

He has been recruited by Lancaster to fill the role of ‘head of athletic performance’, with responsibility for fitness and medical care, and his appointment is regarded by the RFU as a stunning coup.

An RFU spokesman told Sportsmail: ‘We are looking for someone of that calibre but nothing has been agreed.

‘This person will play a key role in the development of the England team through to 2015.’

However, it is understood that the deal has been done and Parker is due to take up his new post at Twickenham early in the new year.

He joined British Cycling as endurance coach in 2006 and went on to coach Bradley Wiggins to two gold medals at the Beijing Olympics.

Helping hand: Parker was part of the team which enabled Sir Chris Hoy and Co to perform so well

Helping hand: Parker was part of the team which enabled Sir Chris Hoy and Co to perform so well

Parker also masterminded the team pursuit squad’s world record ride at the 2008 Games, having introduced a completely new way of tackling the event.

More recently, as ‘head of marginal gains’, Parker has been one of those responsible for implementing Dave Brailsford’s fabled philosophy at British Cycling and Team Sky.

British trio to join Honda"s Dream Team Professional Cycling

Sky's the limit as British cycling trio join women's Honda team hoping to emulate men

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20:10 GMT, 5 November 2012

Olympic champions Joanna Rowsell, Laura Trott and Dani King will be part of an elite road cycling team who will try to match the achievements of Team Sky in the men’s sport.

The trio, who won the team pursuit at London 2012, are joining Honda’s Dream Team Professional Cycling and will race against the top riders in 2013. The team will be led by Italy’s double world champion Giorgia Bronzini.

Meanwhile, Britain's former world champion and Olympic medalist Emma Pooley has joined Swiss team Bigla Cycling for the 2013 season.

Wheely bright future: Laura Trott, Danielle King and Joanna Rowsell will be part of Honda's Dream Team Professional Cycling

Wheely bright future: Laura Trott, Danielle King and Joanna Rowsell will be part of Honda's Dream Team Professional Cycling

Pooley won silver at the 2008 Beijing Olympics and was the 2010 time-trial world champion, while at this summer's London Olympics she helped Great Britain team-mate Lizzie Armitstead to silver in the road race.

With her former team AA Drink-leontien.nl set to disband at the end of the season due to a lack of financial backing, Pooley had contemplated taking an extended break from the sport to focus to finishing her PhD in geotechnical engineering.

However, the 30-year-old is now relishing the chance to link up with Bigla as well as continuing with her studies over the winter.

She told British Cycling: 'I'm looking forward to this new challenge and I'll do my best to help the young riders on the Bigla team to make the step up.

'I've raced against a lot of them in local races in Switzerland and I can see how talented they are. We will be a force to be reckoned with in 2013.'

Tyson Fury faces David Price comments rap from British Boxing Board of Control

Fury faces punishment for vile comments aimed at heavyweight rival Price

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16:01 GMT, 15 October 2012

Tyson Fury could be punished by the British Boxing Board of Control after making a succession of inflammatory comments about David Price.

Two days after using a TV interview and his Twitter account to belittle his heavyweight rival, Fury this afternoon tweeted a new expletive-filled insult directed at the British and Commonwealth champion.

The 24-year-old, who claims to be a born-again Christian, was responding to Price's first-round demolition of Audley Harrison at the Liverpool Echo Arena on Saturday night.

War of words: Tyson Fury launched a series of embarrassing tirades against David Price

War of words: Tyson Fury launched a series of embarrassing tirades against David Price

'I'm gonna smash your face in u ****house scouse **** I look in your eyes and c fear! Ill take your sole and give it the devil,' read the tweet.

General secretary Robert Smith revealed Fury's comments are being discussed by the BBBofC.

'I'm very disappointed by this. I've already spoken to the chairman (Charles Giles) about it this morning,' Smith said.

'I'm seeing him at an event tonight and we'll discuss it again then.'

Fury could be issued with a fine and/or a suspension if the BBBofC decide he should be sanctioned.

In the aftermath of Saturday night, the Mancunian was offered 500,000 by promoter Frank Maloney to renew his rivalry with Price, to whom he lost as an amateur.

Gone 82 seconds: Price was brutally blew Audley Harrison away inside the first round at the weekend

Gone 82 seconds: Price was brutally blew Audley Harrison away inside the first round at the weekend

In an initial televised outburst, Fury lambasted Price and Maloney and bizarrely suggested fellow Liverpudlian and British light-heavyweight champion Tony Bellew was the 29-year-old's 'gay lover'.

Fury then posted a video on his Twitter page where he told the 2008 Beijing Olympic bronze medalist: 'I'm going to put you in intensive care'.

Price is to defend his titles against veteran Matt Skelton on December 8, but outside of the Klitschko brothers or David Haye, Fury is the opponent the boxing public would like to see him face next.

That encounter may be harder to make after the 29-year-old took just 82 seconds to batter Harrison in a highly-impressive performance that indicates he is a genuine heavyweight contender.

However, given the interest and money to be made from such a highly-anticipated domestic showdown, it is certain to happen at some point.

Tony Martin wins Tour of Beijing as Steven Cummings wins final sprint stage

Martin defends Tour of Beijing title as Briton Cummings wins final stage

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11:08 GMT, 13 October 2012

Germany's Tony Martin defended his Tour of Beijing title as Britain's Steven Cummings won a sprint finish to take the final stage in the Pinggu District of Beijing.

Cummins, of the BMC Racing Team, beat Garmin-Sharp's Ryder Hesjedal to the line with the peloton following home 18 seconds later.

Omega Pharma-Quickstep rider Martin was not troubled on the final day of the five-stage event, having taken the start boasting a 40-second lead over Francesco Gavazzi, who held on to second place.

Just champion: Germany's Tony Martin defended his Tour of Beijing title

Just champion: Germany's Tony Martin defended his Tour of Beijing title

Edvald Boasson Hagen finished third on the day, enough to move him above Dan Martin for third overall.

Early in the stage, RadioShack-Nissan's Andy Schleck pulled out, leaving the 2010 Tour de France winner without a race victory this year.

Lance Armstrong revelations cast cloud on Bradley Wiggins, Chris Hoy and everyone else – Dave Brailsford

Armstrong revelations cast cloud on Wiggins, Hoy and everyone else, admits British Cycling chief Brailsford

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23:47 GMT, 11 October 2012

British Cycling head Dave Brailsford has admitted that Lance Armstrong’s emergence as a confirmed drugs cheat could lead the public to doubt the achievements of riders such as Bradley Wiggins and Sir Chris Hoy.

Brailsford is the man who masterminded Wiggins’s Tour de France triumph this year and led Team GB to eight gold medals in the London Olympics and the Beijing Games of 2008.

And although there is no suggestion that his riders are not clean, Brailsford admitted on Thursday night that the public now has the right to question every achievement they have witnessed in the sport in recent years.

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Dark: Bradley Wiggins achievements have had a shadow cast over them by the Lance Armstrong revelations

Dark: Bradley Wiggins achievements have had a shadow cast over them by the Lance Armstrong revelations

Competition: Wiggins (left) racing next to Lance Armstrong

Competition: Wiggins (left) racing next to Lance Armstrong

‘We set this team up as clean and our job is to make them go faster,’ said Brailsford. ‘But some of the tentacles of the past are impacting. In cycling we’ve got a past, a present and a future. Generation EPO is now the past. We can’t deny it.

‘So when people see the huge advances we are making, because of what happened, it is understandable that people are sceptical. It is understandable now for people to look at any results in cycling and question them.

Doubts: Sir Chris Hoy is another great rider who may be unfairly tarnished by the revelations, says Dave Brailsford (below) with Roberto Mancini

Doubts: Sir Chris Hoy is another great rider who may be unfairly tarnished by the revelations, says Dave Brailsford (below) with Roberto Mancini

Brailsford shows Mancini around

‘It completely and utterly lost its way and I think it lost its moral compass. What we want to work towards is a future where there is no doubt, so that when someone moves performance forward nobody questions it.

‘I’ve been thinking about Armstrong a lot. The more you read, the more the jaw drops. But let’s accept it happened. Now we have the present. It’s up to us to change people’s views.’

The world of cycling — and sport in general — is still coming to terms with the fact that one of the greatest stories of triumph over adversity has been built on artificial substances and lies.

Disgraced: Armstrong's career achievements have been tarnished

Disgraced: Armstrong's career achievements have been tarnished

USADA's reasoned decision

Click here to read the reasoned decision from the USADA

Armstrong’s recovery from cancer to
win the Tour de France seven times now counts for very little after a
report from the United States Anti-Doping Agency revealed hard evidence
that all of the 41-year-old’s triumphs came with the help of performance
enhancing drugs.

Brailsford added: ‘I think there are plenty of people out there who saw this guy and what he did as an amazing achievement.

‘He is one of the first cyclists that maybe transcended the sport and became a hero beyond cycling.

‘It was an amazing thing and people got behind that. So to now find out what was behind it is, of course, disappointing.’

The achievements of British cyclists such as Wiggins and Hoy have inspired a new wave of athletes to take up the sport.

Hoy appealed to them to stick with cycling and implored them to use Wiggins — not Armstrong — as their role model.

Lying again: Armstrong has a medical test before the 2002 Tour

Lying again: Armstrong has a medical test before the 2002 Tour

Shock, anger and revulsion

It sends a message that no matter what you have achieved and how you have done it — karma will come and get you
Mark Webber, F1 driver

We did our best to test and bring samples to labs according to rules, but I’m speechless about the systematic use
Martin Bruin, ex doping inspector

Sad to read about how Lance Armstrong cheated for so many years. So many people idolised him. It’s sad for sport
Dai Greene, 400m hurdles world champion

It’s what [these revelations] could do in terms of tarnishing the sport. It could put us all out of not just our jobs but doing what we love
Alex Dowsett, Team Sky rider

Important they are clamping down on that sort of thing. This is a negative thing for Lance but his books are great and you can still take a lot from them
Jenson Button, F1 driver

Revelations beyond depressing for those who love sport
Jonathan Edwards, Olympic triple jump gold medallist

Hoy said: ‘On the Tour de France every
day for three weeks you’re struggling with physical and mental
challenges. It’s an extremely arduous event, probably the most arduous
event in the world of sport.

‘Bradley Wiggins was frustrated during
the Tour de France and he had a couple of outbursts about it. But his
frustration is with the previous generation who have let down the
public.

‘Bradley winning the Tour clean, that
has to be the inspiration for the next generation to see that this is
terrible. We’re not proud but it happened in the past and we’re moving
on. I think it’s the scale of it that’s really shocked people as well
as who it is. The number of people involved, it’s on a huge scale.

‘In that era, there were a lot of
people testing positive. The guys who were coming second and third
behind Lance were testing positive so there was an element of suspicion
surrounding him, but I always try and give people the benefit of the
doubt.’

One of the team-mates who testified
against Armstrong was Michael Barry, who admitted to doping while a
member of Armstrong’s US Postal Service team and who rode under
Brailsford for Team Sky from 2010 until his retirement this year.

Brailsford said: ‘During his time at
Team Sky, we have had absolutely no cause for concern. There has never
been any question in terms of his performances, his training, his
behaviour on the team. There have never been any issues. But ultimately
he lied.

‘We set out with a zero-tolerance
policy, so we said that anyone who has had a doping conviction or proved
to have been involved in doping hasn’t got a place on Team Sky. That is
our policy. When you take someone you ask them a question and if
someone lies to you and you find out later it’s disappointing.’

LANCE ARMSTRONG FACTFILE

1971: Born September 18, in Dallas.

1991: Signs with Subaru-Montgomery and becomes US national amateur champion.

1993: Crowned US national champion. Wins first stage in Tour de France but fails to finish. Beats Miguel Indurain to win world championship.

1994: Wins Liege-Bastogne-Liege spring classic.

1996: October 2 – Diagnosed with testicular cancer. The disease later spreads through his whole body. Founds Lance Armstrong Foundation for Cancer.

1997: Declared cancer-free after brain surgery and chemotherapy. Signs with US Postal Service team after being dropped by Cofidis.

1998: Wins Tours of Holland and Luxembourg.

1999: Claims first Tour de France title, winning four stages.

2000: Wins second Tour. Secures time-trial bronze in Sydney Olympics.

2001: Victorious in Tour of Switzerland.

July 29: Becomes only the fifth rider to win three Tour de France titles in a row.

2002: Wins Dauphine Libere and Midi Libre.

July 28: Becomes only the fourth person to win four successive Tour de France titles.

Lance Armstrong and Floyd Landis

2003: Equals the record of five victories in the Tour de France, but is pushed to his limit by German Jan Ullrich, who finishes just 61 seconds off the pace.

2004: July 25 – Clinches record sixth Tour de France victory.

2005: July 24 – Wins his seventh Tour de France, two more than anyone else, before retiring.

September 6 – Claims he is considering coming out of retirement after being angered by drug allegations against him.

2008: September 9 – Announces he will return to professional cycling and will attempt to win his eighth Tour de France in 2009.

2009: March 23 – Suffers a broken right collarbone when he crashes out on stage one of the Vuelta a Castilla y Leon in Spain.

May – Appears in first Giro d'Italia, finishing 12th. Tour is somewhat marred by financial cloud over Armstrong's Astana team and the American is linked to a takeover.

June – Astana's financial issues are resolved and Armstrong is named in the Tour de France team, but with 2007 champion Alberto Contador of Spain as leader.

July – Contador and Armstrong endure a fractious relationship. Contador claims a second Tour title, while Armstrong finishes third. Armstrong announces he will launch his own squad in 2010, Team Radio Shack.

2010: January – Team Radio Shack make their debut at the Tour Down Under in Australia. Armstrong finishes 25th overall.

Lance Armstrong riding on the Champs Elysees

May – Armstrong's former US Postal team-mate Floyd Landis, who was stripped of the 2006 Tour de France title for doping, launches allegations at the Texan.

June 28 – Announces that the 2010 Tour de France will be his last.

July – Finishes final Tour in 23rd place, 39 minutes and 20 seconds behind winner Contador.

2011: February 16 – Announces retirement for second time.

May – Forced to deny claims made by former team-mate Tyler Hamilton that they took performance-enhancing drugs together.

2012: February 4 – An investigation into alleged doping by Armstrong is dropped by federal prosecutors in California.

June 13 – The United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) confirm they have initiated legal proceedings over allegations of doping against Armstrong.

June 30 – The USADA confirm they will file formal doping charges against Armstrong.

July 9 – Armstrong files a lawsuit in a US federal court asking for a temporary restraining order against the agency. Armstrong also claims the USADA offered “corrupt inducements” to other cyclists to testify against him.

July 11 – Armstrong refiles lawsuit against the USADA after initial lawsuit was dismissed by a judge as being a “lengthy and bitter polemic”, designed to attract media attention and public sympathy.

August 20 – Armstrong's legal action against the USADA dismissed in court.

August 24 – Armstrong announces he will not fight the doping charges filed against him by the USADA, saying in a statement he is “finished with this nonsense” and insisting he is innocent. He is stripped of all his titles banned for life from cycling by USADA.

October 10 – USADA claim 11 of Armstrong's former team-mates have testified against him. The organisation say the US Postal Service team “ran the most sophisticated, professionalised and successful doping programme that sport has ever seen”, with “conclusive and undeniable proof” of a team-run doping conspiracy.

VIDEO: USADA explains drug test procedures

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