... and "not a single positive test"
The other half of that often repeated claim from Armstrong and his camp has obviously carried more weight: that there was not "a single positive test."
"Six samples that were taken from Lance Armstrong were retested in '05 and they were positive," USADA head Tygart recently told "60 Minutes."
The tests were originally taken in 1999, before there was a test for EPO, he said. When new tests were conducted in 2005, "all six were flaming positive," he said.
Also, as part of its investigation, USADA had test results from 38 blood samples, taken between 2009 and 2011, analyzed. The analyst found that samples taken during the 2009 and 2010 tours showed blood values whose likelihood "of occurring naturally was less than one in a million," and other indications of blood doping," the New York Times noted. USADA also outlined methods Armstrong and others used to circumvent the system, the Times reported.
"I'm doing it to fund the fight against doping"
A classic Armstrongism, captured on video at a deposition.
Armstrong was being asked about a $25,000 personal check he wrote to the International Cycling Union, cycling's governing body. He also pledged a further $100,000.
"For an athlete to be paying money to the people who police him is -- it's unconscionable," Dr. Michael Ashenden of the organization Science and Industry Against Blood Doping said in the documentary from Australian TV aired on CNN.
It's about international relations
In a 2005 interview, CNN's Larry King asked Armstrong for his thoughts on why he was being investigated. The two had discussed journalists and officials in France who were making allegations that Armstrong had doped.
"You know, we could look at a lot of things. If we consider the landscape between Americans and the French right now, obviously relations are strained," Armstrong responded.
"But this has been going on for seven years ... they started with scandalous headlines and a lot of insinuation and a lot of slimy journalism."
"I can't lie"
An expression Armstrong has used many times in various contexts, generally having nothing to do with doping.
Now, it speaks for itself.
"I'm sorry for you"
In one of many outbursts against those who dared to question the facade he presented to the world, Armstrong had this to say to "the cynics and the skeptics: 'I'm sorry for you. I'm sorry you can't dream big and I'm sorry you don't believe in miracles,'" Australia's ABC TV network reported in the program "The World According to Lance."
People's faith in me "would be erased"
This one seems largely true.
Buried right in the middle of yet another claim that he would never dope, Armstrong said something that proved unintentionally prophetic.
"It's also about the faith that people have put in me over the years," he once said. "All of that would be erased."
The question now is just how much of Armstrong's legacy is erased -- and how much he gets a chance to rewrite.