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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Its bad enough that cancer claimed his left nut, now the USADA is looking to take the other one!
It seems what the problem is, Lance is holding two things bigger than the second place finishers.
like the guy said "if" he doped and all the others were doping than the race was equal. i still say he didn't dope cept his drugs to beat the awful big c....
You're say is clouded in ignorance and lack of understanding of science....... which is why you haven't been asked to contribute to the case.
PASSING 700+ TESTS IS PRECISELY WHY THEY ARE RELEASING THIS EVIDENCE. HE'S RETIRED AND THEY STRIPPED HIM OF TOUR WINS ALREADY BUT THAT'S NOT ENOUGH. THEY HAVE TO EXPOSE THE EVIDENCE THEY HAVE THAT WOULD HAVE COME UP IN COURT HAD LANCE CONTINUED TO FIGHT BUT HE BAILED OUT AND ACCEPTED THE BANS, ETC...HE SHOULD HAVE JUST STAYED QUIET ABOUT THIS INSTEAD OF CONTINUALLY DENYING AND PLAYING THE VICTIM. OBVIOUSLY IT'S THEIR RIGHT TO RELEASE THE EVIDENCE TO SET THE RECORD STRAIGHT. IF LANCE THINKS THEY REVEALED FALSE EVIDENCE THEN HE SHOULD SUE AND TRY TO REGAIN HIS TOUR WINS.
He won't...... he didn't............because he know's it's not false and doesn't want to go to prison for perjury
There is an unsettling lack of humility coming from the USADA. A supposedly scientific body releases a report that "proves" something? Science does not prove. It has evidence and results that produces claims and questions, and then undergoes peer review and become part of the results-base that other research either adds to or refutes later. It never proves anything definitively. It is always tentative that just leads to our best reasonable assumptions. Math has "proofs" that are a matter of logic and numbers, but that's slightly different and still open to finding errors. Science at large doesn't even have that, though. It is evidentiary and requires third-party validation to even begin to be taken seriously, let alone be considered hard theory.
Charlie Sheen was on Tiger Blood. Has anybody tested Lance for that? Well, I still respect him for being the first man on the moon.
Lance.. I stand behind you 10000000% I do not care what kind of evidence they supposedly have against you, you were tested and tested and tested so many damn times during each race! This is a total witch hunt and I would suggest to those that continue, that they spend their budget looking in to the actual truth behind 9/11. Ride on Lance!
Yeah, basically this. He's more legit than a bunch of Pen-pushers nobody cares about before Lance happened and again now that Lance is retired.
ah yes, the two great quintessential conspiracy theories- 9/11 was orchestrated by the US government and Lance Armstrong has been framed.....
Let us do a Hair follicle drug test.
It will show every drug that has ever been abused, administered and more or less a timeline of when it occurred!
If he really wanted to clear his name or they wanted to nail him, this test would have been done!
Until then it is all finger pointing and speculation!
he shaves his head.
You're completely wrong about this. A hair test tracks the last three months...
Do you really think that the hair you have on your body has been there forever?
The man PASSED every test.... every time... Git Over It Already !!!
oh mi gawd!!! Lance Armstrong juiced!!?!?! I would have never suspected!!!
Hey wow, I can't wait to work hard and become the world's #1 at my sport. After all, the grand prize will be accusations of cheating and a tarnished reputation. Whee.
if they didn't have enough evidence, they probably wouldn't have made the accusations. don't you think?
Benghazi-gate hearings today. Not a word from the state-run media.
If the truth be revealed, maybe all sports should start with a new record book.
He did it. Carl Lewis did it. Why are we surprised?
Didn't he hook up with Sheryl Crow at some point?
That in itself makes him my hero.
I can forgive Lance for doping but not for dating Sheryl Crow.
And don't forget about his abandoning his family