Lance unlikely to get 2013 Tour invite

Associated Press  |  Last updated January 17, 2013
Lance Armstrong's tarnished name is unlikely to be on the massive list of invitees as Tour de France organizers prepare their celebrations for the 100th race this year. As part of the festivities, all riders who managed to finish a Tour de France have been invited for the final day, with the total number of invitations numbering about 4,000. About 500 former riders are expected to be at the finish line on the Champs-Elysees. Asked if Armstrong would receive one, Tour race director Christian Prudhomme looked stern-faced when he said on Thursday, ''That seems to me to be out of place now.'' Armstrong was stripped of his seven Tour titles and banned from cycling for life following a U.S. Anti-Doping Agency report that portrayed him as a serial drug cheat. After years of denials, he confessed to doping during an interview with Oprah Winfrey taped Monday and to be aired Thursday at 9 p.m. ''No one could have imagined that he would publicly confess after years of denials, and denials that were firm and sometimes violent,'' Prudhomme said after a presentation for the 2014 Tour, which starts from the English city of Leeds. ''No one could have imagined that, even a few weeks ago. I can't say more now because I don't know exactly what he will say, but it's obviously something striking.'' Armstrong was always the main talking point of the race when he won his seven straight titles from 1999-2005, and when he unexpectedly came out of retirement to race in the 2009 and 2010 Tours. ''For us, Armstrong is already the past, he doesn't have the seven titles anymore,'' Prudhomme said. ''What you have to understand is the mechanism (behind the doping).'' Prudhomme was expected to offer further comment on Armstrong on Friday after the airing of Armstrong's interview with Winfrey. Sports daily L'Equipe wrote ''The Night of the Liar'' in a teaser on its front page looking ahead to the show. ''After more than 10 years of lies, should we believe everything that Lance Armstrong will say (Thursday) night on American television?'' L'Equipe wrote.
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Report: Grizzlies want Kevin Durant in free agency

WATCH: Karl-Anthony Towns throws down monster dunk

Dos Anjos: McGregor will 'break like a girl' at UFC 196

WATCH: D'Angelo Russell hit in groin by LeBron pass

Kobe Bryant has great response to Tyronn Lue story

Report: St. Louis Blues no longer interested in Jonathan Drouin


Doc Rivers: Warriors have 'swagger' of defending champion

Damian Lillard added as a finalist for 2016 U.S. Olympic Team

Celtics legend Paul Pierce prepares for what ‘could be’ his last game in Boston

Free-agent WR Josh Morgan accidentally shot himself, charged with crime

Jon Beason retires after nine NFL seasons

Brewers Association sends Peyton Manning case of craft beer

Fighter says sex before fight partly to blame for loss

Kevin McHale: James Harden being out of shape hurt Rockets early

WATCH: Kevin Love re-injures left shoulder

Johnny Manziel’s grandpa on ex-girlfriend: ‘The girl has her problems’

Andy Dalton reunited with missing luggage thanks to social media

Chad ‘Ochocinco’ Johnson used to soak his ankles in urine

Why Tom Thibodeau needs to be in New York

Defensemen in high demand as NHL trade deadline looms

Thank you Daniel Bryan

The timeless greatness of Jaromir Jagr

Security guard indicted for assaulting University of Houston football fan

The LeBron-Kobe rivalry and Finals matchup that never was

Mario Williams recognizes Bills may release him

Cycling News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Thank you Daniel Bryan

The timeless greatness of Jaromir Jagr

The NCAAB power rankings

Report: Kings to keep coach George Karl

Was Alain Vigneault right about NHL's lack of punishment towards Wayne Simmonds?

Report: Knicks fire coach Derek Fisher

The best and worst commercials from Super Bowl 50

Best and worst from Super Bowl 50

Six best plays from Super Bowl 50

Eli doesn't look thrilled as Peyton wins Super Bowl

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Follow Yardbarker