Defiant Armstrong posts pic of Tour champion jerseys

This post on Lance Armstrong's Twitter page has been met with a mix of outrage and applause by the online community.

Story highlights

  • Lance Armstrong posts picture of his seven yellow jerseys from Tour de France victories
  • He has been stripped of the 1999-2005 titles after refusing to answer drug charges
  • American was accused of systematic doping but has never admitted any wrongdoing
  • The Twitter picture has provoked a mixture of criticism and support for the 41-year-old
Lance Armstrong has defiantly posted an Internet picture of himself with the seven Tour de France winner's jerseys he received for performances that have been expunged from the history books.
The American's victories from 1999 through 2005 have been annulled by cycling's ruling body following a damning report by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency, which made allegations of systematic drug use that he refused to contest.
The 41-year-old was banned for life, has been ordered to return his prize money and also faces a $12 million lawsuit from a former sponsor.
However, Armstrong -- who has never admitted any wrongdoing -- made his stance clear this weekend on social networking website Twitter, where he has 3.8 million followers.
With a status reading "Back in Austin and just layin' around ..." Armstrong posted a picture of himself lying in his lounge with the seven yellow jerseys framed on the wall.
His Twitter profile used to say "7-time Tour de France champion" but now it reads "Raising my 5 kids. Fighting Cancer. Swim, bike, run and golf whenever I can."