Armstrong steps down from Livestrong board

  • Lance Armstrong has stepped down as a board member of Livestrong, the cancer-support charity he set up in 1997, the organization announced on Monday.

    "Lance Armstrong has chosen to voluntarily resign from the Board of Directors of the Livestrong Foundation to spare the organization any negative effects as a result of controversy surrounding his cycling career," Livestrong chairman Jeff Garvey said in a statement.

    Armstrong, a survivor of testicular cancer, had already stepped down as Livestrong's chairman.

    The 41-year-old was stripped of his 1999-2005 Tour de France victories after the International Cycling Union (UCI) ratified a U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) decision to wipe out his results from August 1998.

    A USADA report, which included testimony from several former teammates, described it the "most sophisticated, professionalized and successful doping program that sport has ever seen".

    Armstrong has always denied doping.