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Armstrong stirs on Twitter

Cycling

Disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong posed provocatively on Sunday with his framed seven Tour de France winners jerseys, tweeting a picture of him in his Austin home - unleashing dozens of comments for and against the Texan.

“Back in Austin and just layin' around,” said Armstrong to accompany the picture of him lying on a sofa below the jerseys a month after the US doping authorities stripped him of his seven titles and wiped his career record.

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FILE - OCTOBER 22: Cycling's Governing Body UCI Bans Lance Armstrong for Life and Strips him of Seven Tour de France titles following doping allegations. LE GRAND BORNAND, FRANCE - JULY 22: Lance Armstrong of the USA and riding for US Postal Service presented by Berry Floor celebrates as he wins stage 17 of the Tour de France on July 22, 2004 from Bourg d'Oisans to le Grand Bornand, France. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

By mid-Sunday more than 100,000 subscribers to the social media site had seen the picture - but opinions posted to Twitter were diverse with some tweeters blasting the Texan as a cheat while others still maintain their faith in the cancer survivor.

On October 23, Armstrong removed from his Twitter biography a line referring to his seven Tour crowns (“7-time Tour de France winner”) after the US Anti-Doping Agency scrapped his career race record back to 1998 on publication of a lengthy report into doping allegations. – AFP

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