Armstrong faces fallout from drug report

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Lance Armstrong tried to treat it like any other day.

The world-renowned cyclist was at the office of his cancer-fighting foundation in Austin, Texas, "talking about next week's events and plans for 2013," he said on Twitter.

But yesterday was different. It was the day after the evidence came out -- a voluminous report from the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency that painted him as a drug-using bully at the center of what the group called the biggest doping conspiracy ever concocted in sports. Armstrong canceled an appearance scheduled in Chicago for Friday.

There was no denying the impact of the report, which provides USADA's justification for ordering Armstrong's seven Tour de France titles stripped. The weight of 26 witnesses, including 11 ex-teammates, forced people to reach a conclusion about the rider.

The International Cycling Union, UCI, said it is reviewing the case and hopes to decide how to proceed soon.

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The International Olympic Committee said it would look at the report to see whether Armstrong's bronze medal from the 2000 Sydney Games might be affected, though with an eight-year statute of limitations, the IOC's Denis Oswald conceded, "Sydney might be too late."

In the report was a list of reduced sanctions USADA handed out to riders whose testimony helped build the report.

George Hincapie, Tom Danielson, Levi Leipheimer, Christian Vande Velde and Dave Zabriskie all would have received at least two-year sanctions had they not helped USADA with its case. Instead, they got six months and were told to withdraw themselves from consideration for the 2012 Olympic team. -- AP

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