February 3rd, 2012
05:46 PM ET

Prosecutors: No doping charges against Lance Armstrong

U.S. Justice Department prosecutors Friday said they are closing a criminal probe of champion cyclist Lance Armstrong without filing charges alleging he used performance-enhancing drugs.

A statement from the U.S. attorney in Los Angeles said the seven-time Tour de France winner will not be charged but did not explain the reasons for the decision.

Armstrong has consistently denied doping. He was accused of using performance-enhancing drugs by other riders but never failed a drug test.

Prosecutors called witnesses to a federal grand jury in Los Angeles as they investigated the case, but they apparently determined that they lacked evidence to bring a doping charge.

Armstrong retired from professional cycling for a second time last year.

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  1. Jj

    Seven time tour de France winner. He's the man!

    February 3, 2012 at 6:49 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Clydster

    @ US ATTORNEY OF LOS ANGELES........all that tax payers money on what again. I under stand it was droped in your lap, with that understood, now LANCE ARMSTRONG has always been innocent!!!! His life has been ripped apart by so many its good to let this go! Look at what his live strong foundation has done for so many,the man is a beast on a bicycle ive ridden a group with him before in solvang and a nice guy just very straightforward. And theres nothing wrong with that. His being so tough attitude had contributed to the allegations im sure. And than his wife left him no doubt, but to charge this guy for performancedrugs? Thank god this did not happen, he never cheated.im a 50 yr old male and i currently ride with local pros and former pros , and keep up with them no problem thats why i know that he was not doping, heres what i use,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,B12, cytomax,,, sport legs capsules ,,,,,, cliff bars,,,,, cliff caffein gel shots. This guy (lance) knows better not to put garbage into his system after his medical problems.

    February 3, 2012 at 6:54 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Road warrior

    The man is untouchable! Hes always been clean and always will be! I could smoke him on the road but only in dreams,LOL. Ive always supported him and his proffessionalism. Hes been a great inspiration to me. I went thru a nasty divorce some time ago and it was he who inspired me to start riding again. Thanks LANCE. For saving my insanity. Your always an positive attribute !!!!!

    February 3, 2012 at 7:01 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Road warrior

    @ jj..... Hey jj do ride or are you a fan to racing??? Get back

    February 3, 2012 at 7:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jj

      Grr. My post aren't going thru. Yea I ride my specialized rockhopper in the mountains sometimes on fairly easy trails. I'm gettin too old for the insane stuff. I followed lance on his last three tours. The guy is a flippin machine. And didn't he have testicular cancer in the midst of all his wins? This guy can beat anything! What say you road warrior?

      February 3, 2012 at 9:30 pm | Report abuse |
  5. fernace

    Whatta relief! These charges were trumped up by jealous competitors who couldn't understand how this man could beat cancer & come back STRONGER! I know you don't really need it Lance, but more power to ya! Play hard & Live Strong!!

    February 3, 2012 at 7:27 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Philip

    He should have been in the Special Olympics anyway. He was born with an enlarged heart that gave him at least a 20% advantage. He could have been like the only undeafeted Special Olympic atletee in history. But nooooo. Tour de France is a big deal.

    February 3, 2012 at 7:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      Special Olympics? Enlarged heart? What’s the deal here? Is there anyone you DO like?

      February 4, 2012 at 1:08 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Road warrior

    What ever happened to floyd landis does anybody here know? Come back

    February 3, 2012 at 10:50 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Banana seat Schwinn w/ sissy bar

    Well thats just crazy... .! He had cancer for crossiant out loud....!!!

    February 3, 2012 at 11:21 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Mary

    BTW... I concur. It doesn't make sense that he would go through the process of cancer only to pop some pills and ruin everything for himself. LOGIC folks, use it some time.

    February 3, 2012 at 11:24 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Road warrior

    @drap ill sell you a 1930 cruiser for $6000, its well worth the investment! You DO NOT RIDE IT AS A REGULAR THIS IS A FACTORY, show bike only! This is the kind of bike that the good old boys drool over

    February 4, 2012 at 2:20 am | Report abuse |
  11. Road warrior

    I do all paint my self all decals are all factory all paint colors match the factory work all bikes are finished with the best of the best clear coat! My grandfather taught me how to prep and spray. He used to work for McDonald Douglas out here in long beach ca

    February 4, 2012 at 2:26 am | Report abuse |
  12. Joey Isotta-Fraschini©™

    The concern here is not Armstrong's defeating cancer or his being a great athletic champion.
    The inability of the public to accept reality concerning all forms of physical performance enhancement reflects pathetically on the public's gullibility.

    February 4, 2012 at 6:53 am | Report abuse |

    see... the wizzinater works...

    February 4, 2012 at 9:14 am | Report abuse |
  14. leeintulsa

    why was this a criminal case? shouldn't it have been handled within the sport?

    February 4, 2012 at 9:30 am | Report abuse |
  15. Clydster

    @JOEY was he charged ? No he was not so lets let that go now sir , some of us do not live in the past so let it go. The case was dropped period!

    February 4, 2012 at 2:28 pm | Report abuse |
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