Lance Armstrong part of cycling's 'most successful doping program,' USADA says
October 10th, 2012
12:19 PM ET

Lance Armstrong part of cycling's 'most successful doping program,' USADA says

The U.S. Anti-Doping Agency says it will release Wednesday more than 1,000 pages of evidence detailing the involvement of cyclist Lance Armstrong in what the agency calls "the most sophisticated, professionalized and successful doping program that sport has ever seen."

Armstrong, who won an unprecedented seven Tour de France titles, announced in August that he would no longer fight doping charges that the USADA brought against him earlier in the year. The famed cyclist's decision prompted the USADA to ban the 40-year-old athlete from competition and strip him of his wins dating to 1998, though there were questions of whether the organization had the authority to take such action.

The USADA filed doping charges against Armstrong in June. Armstrong retired from professional cycling in February 2011, though he continued to compete in triathlon events.

The USADA, a quasi-government agency recognized as the official anti-doping agency for Olympic, Pan American and Paralympic sports in the United States, accused Armstrong of using, possessing, trafficking and giving to others performance-enhancing drugs, as well as covering up doping violations.

Armstrong's attorney blasted the accusations as "wrong" and "baseless," much like Armstrong has vehemently denied other such claims in the past.

Armstrong, when he announced in August that he wouldn't fight the charges, said there was "zero physical evidence" to support the USADA's claims, and that he was "finished with this nonsense" of fighting charges after fighting against such allegations for years.

"The only physical evidence there is the hundreds of controls I have passed with flying colors," Armstrong said in August. "I made myself available around the clock and around the world. In-competition. Out of competition. Blood. Urine. Whatever they asked for I provided. What is the point of all this testing if, in the end, USADA will not stand by it?"

On Wednesday, Armstrong's teammate George Hincape admitted he used banned substances.

"It is extremely difficult today to acknowledge that during a part of my career I used banned substances," Hincape said in a statement. "Early in my professional career, it became clear to me that, given the widespread use of performance enhancing drugs by cyclists at the top of the profession, it was not possible to compete at the highest level without them. I deeply regret that choice and sincerely apologize to my family, teammates and fans."

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  1. hate front orgs

    more likely he's a front org that gets money out of you to promote the interests of pharma by playing on your sympathy. call you up or email you at the last minute to get you to call your congress person (maybe pharma needs to have access to your medical records...or maybe the insurance companies...or maybe livestrong...ya, right). they can buy off most governments on the planet . i don't think they are going to have a problem buying bicycling, or the regulatory agencies. they know how to use negative advertising. save your money. give it to the ones you already know need it. i wouldn't be sending it to them.

    October 11, 2012 at 4:49 am | Report abuse |
  2. FunkOFF

    WAIT WAIT WAIT, Let me get this straight. The United States Anti-Doblahblahblah whoever THOSE people are, are accusing a man who survived TESTICULAR cancer (by the way he had his testicle removed) and raced SUCCESSFULLY AFTER of taking 'performance enhancing drugs' AKA TESTOSTERONE! HE HAS NO CHOICE BUT TO TAKE HORMONES AND TESTOSTERONE! I can't believe all this is happening and for a profit and humiliation of a guy who has (IMO) overcame a lot. IF you are a guy agreeing with what is happening, you should take a moment and imagine going through stage 3 cancer, getting your testicle taken off, and not taking ANY type of steroid/hormones/testosterone to survive... I think Lance Armstrong is a great person that went the extra mile (literally) after his cancer and beat the selfish ones saying this about "avoiding the system". Since they're admitting to it too they should also get penalized

    October 11, 2012 at 6:03 am | Report abuse |
  3. Thomas

    "Show me the money"..."Show me the proof"...L.A. is NOT GUILTY. He passed all the tests he was given...where is THIS evidence?

    October 11, 2012 at 6:17 am | Report abuse |
  4. larry5

    So these regulators are admitting they got smoked by a guy that rides a bicycle for a living?

    October 11, 2012 at 6:30 am | Report abuse |
  5. USA #1!!!!

    USA. ! USA ! USA !. USA number one! (drug consumers in history)
    Meanwhile, city officials are considering whether or not to bannish overeating in city parks.

    October 11, 2012 at 8:45 am | Report abuse |
    • David Harris

      Haha, exactly!

      November 29, 2012 at 7:11 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Jworker

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    October 11, 2012 at 9:28 am | Report abuse |
  7. Citizen doper

    Go Lance! You have been our greatest inspriation! God Bless you man!

    October 11, 2012 at 9:41 am | Report abuse |
  8. U have got to me kidding me

    So exactly how many tax dollars went into a witch hunt where the USADA has no authority to strip anyone of anything? The Tour de France and other tours in europe have set rules, tests and the final say. As usual the USA is sticking its nose where its not needed or even wanted. Great going, another waste of tax dollars for something that just DOES NOT MATTER

    October 11, 2012 at 9:56 am | Report abuse |
    • Sean

      maybe as much as $9 million.

      October 11, 2012 at 11:39 am | Report abuse |
  9. Ancient Texan

    They've not proven ANYTHING! Lance won and the whiners can't stand it.

    October 11, 2012 at 10:51 am | Report abuse |
  10. tarecole

    We are supposed to believe some guy who admits cheating and lying over another guy who has passed hundreds of anti-doping tests? If you keep making this absurd claim long enough, maybe people will get fed up enough to fire you!! If there was a way to fool the tests then they would be used in ALL sports, not just cycling, so where is the evidence for that???

    October 11, 2012 at 12:20 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Lance cheated

    He cheated.

    October 11, 2012 at 2:08 pm | Report abuse |
  12. catharsishungry07

    Kind of a shocking revelation!

    October 12, 2012 at 4:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • steve parker

      Ever since Tommy Simpsons death on July 13, 1967,on the Mont Ventoux there has been doping. Who cares every one in every sport uses drugs. Get over it. WhocCares anymore.

      October 23, 2012 at 7:16 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Tommy

    i love cycling and i am very disappointed by the news more than any thing i fell very sorry for the Guys who worked hard came the 2nd and 3rd on all the Games that Armstrong was 1st and if it true i am very disappointed on him

    October 13, 2012 at 5:04 pm | Report abuse |
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