Armstrong had won the Tour de France a record seven consecutive times between 1999 and 2005, but in 2012 he was disqualified from all his results since August 1998 for using and distributing performance-enhancing drugs and was banned from professional cycling for life. Armstrong has repeatedly denied ever doping.
Lance Armstrong was stripped of all of his Tour De France awards in 2012, and has not appealed the decision of the United States Anti-Doping Association (USADA). Although Armstrong has denied all doping or EPO or blood transfusions, in the past, he chose not to appeal the decision of USADA that stripped him of awards and millions in endorsements.
After the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI's) formal notification to Armstrong about their decision to back the USADA decision on December 6, 2012, Armstrong had 21 days to appeal the decision to the Court of Arbitration for Sport. According to L'Equipe, CAS indicated that Armstrong had made no appeal by the evening of December 27th, so the final deadline to appeal had passed.
Armstrong is banned for life from participating in any professional cycling.
Watch ‘OWN’, January 17, 2013 to hear the interview between Lance Armstrong and Oprah Winfrey.