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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Does this accusation by the The U.S. Anti-Doping Agency change your feelings about Armstrong? Share your reaction in the comments below.

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  1. Sinfully Yours

    Let me guess: its a single tape of an interview with a disgruntled team mate who claims he saw Lance shoot up.

    October 10, 2012 at 12:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • James

      Guess again – try 11 individual team mates participating in the doping program with Lance, including one that was "as close as a brother" according to Lance.

      October 10, 2012 at 12:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • T-Bone

      It must have been great to get the good dopping products and have it all covered up for you.

      October 10, 2012 at 12:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • Steve

      I would imagine it will be much, much, much more than that. And despite that, there will still be the naive skeptical.

      October 10, 2012 at 12:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • Steve

      Oh, those 11 teammates were just jealous! Sarcasm intended.

      October 10, 2012 at 12:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • Colinmb

      Since when is testimony from other discredited/accused/admited violating individuals considered physical evidence? Funny when the federal prosecution team involving several agencies looked at the same evidence, they found nothing.

      October 10, 2012 at 2:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • 2EL8

      I ran a stoplight 15 years ago and a friend saw me. He is now a policeman and wants to give me a ticket and revoke my license. REO Speedwagon moment. I herd it from a friend who herd it from a fiend...

      October 10, 2012 at 2:35 pm | Report abuse |
  2. these2lanes

    Sinfuly yours...... you guessed wrong.

    Can't wait to hear the excuses now.. how will the LA fans argue against numerous testimonies (under oath), scientific data, emails, financial payments etc that PROVE all the claims against him and against USPS.

    I imagine heads will be buried in the sand as usual.

    October 10, 2012 at 12:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • cakji

      I love how people say "under oath" like this organization is a law enforcement agency or court. They are a bunch of people that pretty much are non-athletic themselves and then bolster reports about athletes who all their careers excelled in athletics and sports. Just because every person who does record breaking events, and wins more than others, they are first treated guilty of using enhancing performing drugs, and then apologized to never.

      October 10, 2012 at 12:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ann

      I agree with you these2lanes. I have believed all along Lance was guilty of the allegations and I am glad to see that this will finally come out. .Of course, many will continue to deny and claim conspiracy theories but the truth is the truth and whether people believe it matters or not, this needs to be out there.

      October 10, 2012 at 12:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • DrDeeDot

      Sadly, when one puts so much heart and faith toward an individual, one is practically obligated to defend that individual to the bitter end. Defending that individual is a proxy for defending oneself, and one's decision to put that individual on a pedestal. That is the danger of hero worship.

      October 10, 2012 at 12:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rick from L.A.

      Emails can be hoaxed, Scientific data can be tampered with. and testimonies can be falsified.

      October 10, 2012 at 12:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jack Frost

      Testimonies are worthless when they contradict physical evidence.
      He passed ALL drug tests. That trumps anything anyone might possibly have to say.

      They don't have any physical evidence, except B samples with questionable chains of custody (chain of custody errors alone make physical evidence inadmissible in court.)

      That's it.

      But, as always, haters gonna hate.

      October 10, 2012 at 12:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • these2lanes

      OK 1. firstly a court of arbitration is federal and therefor is UNDER OATH..... lying can get you put in prison for perjury.

      2. "I have never failed a test"... doesn't TRUMP anything at all. Data proves he doped and he is also guilty of more offenses that don't relate to a single positive test. E.g Trafficking and administration etc.

      3. It would be nice to hear some arguments from people who actually understand the case.

      October 10, 2012 at 12:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • Brian Hartman

      Let's wait until any evidence is actually out. Seems like you're assuming a lot of evidence exists when it hasn't been shown yet.

      October 10, 2012 at 12:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • Steve

      Yes,'s all a conspiracy. Naive much?

      October 10, 2012 at 12:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • Steve

      Honestly, Jack, you must not be at all familiar with drug testing or you wouldn't have typed that with such conviction.

      October 10, 2012 at 12:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • Brian Hartman


      Him saying he has passed all the tests doesn't mean anything. Him actually *passing* the tests (which he has, so far) does.

      Armstrong may still be guilty of doping, or of helping others to dope up, but right now the onus is on the agency to prove he did anything wrong at all.

      October 10, 2012 at 12:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jack Frost

      Passing tests doesn't matter? Then why bother with them?
      You're being ridiculous. Passing tests is physical evidence – it's blood evidence.
      It doesn't matter if you have 1000 people saying he doped, the proof is in the pudding, so to speak. If his bloodwork is clean, it makes no difference what anyone says. Words do not trump physical evidence. Ever. Why is this so hard to understand?

      Let's also talk about those testimonies. They're not "under oath" as there is no court case here and they are not swearing under penalty of perjury. They are simply making a statement to the USADA, which is not a government operation. There is no court case. The people who work there are not federal agents. Anyone who "testifies" to them can lie all they want without fear of prosecution. You can't go to jail for lying to the USADA, particularly not if your lies are a part of cutting a deal with them. Testify against LA and your own positive drug test goes away.

      In this country, a man is innocent until proven guilty – and thus far, these yokels at the USADA have not proven jack.

      October 10, 2012 at 12:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • LynneSki

      My question is ... if that many of his teammates were also doping along with Lance, why didn't any of them Win? I watched all 7 years that Lance won and only George H. came remotely close do doing well. So why was he able to win and they didn't if they were all doing the exact same thing? And by the by, none of them have done all that well without him either!

      October 10, 2012 at 1:05 pm | Report abuse |
  3. myrab51

    What is their deal? He was never technically in their "jurisdiction" and he retired. I think they are full of it anyway. Lance Armstrong was/still is an inspirational person. He has done a lot of good, but they seem to be fixating on just smearing him anyway.

    October 10, 2012 at 12:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • CC

      I don't find much inspiration in a cheater..if proven such.

      October 10, 2012 at 12:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • marycontrary

      He was proven to be a cheater and a liar. How is that inspirational?

      October 10, 2012 at 12:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • T-Bone

      I look up to Lance as a cheater. I want to someday be the best cheater out there.

      October 10, 2012 at 12:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rick from L.A.

      Lance's has the most tested blood in history and each and everytime the results were negative. Why are we to believe that after 100+ tests it is now positive.

      I want to know more about the testimonies. What incentives were given to these people, what threats were made?

      Emails and proofs of payments? Since when did the USADA become the FBI? Do they have the authority to obtain such things?

      October 10, 2012 at 12:46 pm | Report abuse |
  4. these2lanes

    myrab51...... and the 11+ other athletes..... and their team.......... and their team staff.

    I suggest you get a little more information before you look for excuses.

    October 10, 2012 at 12:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • Who cares?

      How much of our tax dollars went into this? Let it go already!

      October 10, 2012 at 1:27 pm | Report abuse |
  5. anna lee


    October 10, 2012 at 12:35 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Dwayne Waite Jr.

    You strip him of his wins & records, make him spend millions of dollars on court battles, what else do you want from the guy?

    Who on the USADA he did make fun of in middle school? Who's son did he refuse to take on to coach?

    October 10, 2012 at 12:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • us_1776

      This guy Tygart is out to make a name for himself.

      He thinks he is the Elliot Ness of doping.


      October 10, 2012 at 12:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sinfully Yours

      The cancer claimed his left nut, so they are after his right one.

      October 10, 2012 at 12:39 pm | Report abuse |
  7. us_1776

    NOBODY can be doping through 700+ tests and pass all of them.

    It's impossible.

    Old degraded "B" samples that now all have broken chains-of-custody are worthless.

    "B" samples were there in case original samples were lost in shipment or had lab errors in testing.

    Lance was the only one to pass 700+ tests.

    Now all the ones who failed have ganged up against him.


    Go Lance.


    October 10, 2012 at 12:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • Boo

      Do a little research on how he could have been doping and still gotten a clean might surprise you.

      October 10, 2012 at 12:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • us_1776

      Boo, you maybe can fool one test at some point in time.

      To fool 700+ tests is impossible.


      October 10, 2012 at 12:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • Eerie


      October 10, 2012 at 12:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rick from L.A.

      No kidding. Cross contamination?

      October 10, 2012 at 12:54 pm | Report abuse |
  8. M Duran

    Who cares?

    October 10, 2012 at 12:37 pm | Report abuse |
  9. rosie

    CHEATER! Go away Lance.

    October 10, 2012 at 12:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • tom


      He already has. He retired (or did you not read anything about the issue?). This all seems like a huge waste of resources to me.

      Bottom line: Who cares if he did or didn't? He single-handedly MADE the sport of cycling. His work off the bike makes him a stand up guy in my opinion.

      October 10, 2012 at 1:05 pm | Report abuse |
  10. CNNuthin

    The USADA has no authority on Armstrong's wins. They have NEVER gotten a failed test. Armstrong quit because of their harassment and they are still making headlines with "assumptions" and "hearsay". Someone cut funding to these guys already.

    October 10, 2012 at 12:38 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Snoob

    I don't care. Lance rocks. Even if he did dope, so did everyone else in the sport and he still made them look stupid.

    October 10, 2012 at 12:38 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Jack Frost

    The USADA's insistence on targeting this man is beyond the pale. Now they're claiming it was a huge conspiracy? Give me a break. Let's apply Occam's Razor. There are two possibilities here, that there was a massive doping conspiracy involving hundreds of people and multiple drug testing facilities – or that he simply passed every single drug test was because he was actually clean. Which of those possibilities is more likely to be true?

    October 10, 2012 at 12:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • Cedar Rapids

      Ok, sure, lets apply Occam's Razor.
      Either 1 person is lying, or all the evidence they are going to present is false, the 1000 pages of information is fake, and the people that claim he used drugs are lying.

      October 10, 2012 at 12:44 pm | Report abuse |
  13. GawdammIt

    There's about 17 people in the world who care. All relatives of Tygart.

    October 10, 2012 at 12:38 pm | Report abuse |
  14. RonPaulsAFTERLIFE

    The end of A.T.T. military patriot American CHAVEZ UNIONS by President Mitt Romney > King and his Queens of America > rober composer artist writer

    October 10, 2012 at 12:38 pm | Report abuse |
  15. mpresion

    To myraf51: so cheating is a lot of good!!?? smarten up would yah!!!

    October 10, 2012 at 12:39 pm | Report abuse |
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