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. jorge washinsen

    Why should we worry about doping?Three of our last 4 presidents admitted to doping.

    October 10, 2012 at 1:09 pm | Report abuse |
  2. cdt3

    All are using?
    Derek Jeter didn't need them to win during the steroid era. Or Tim Duncan.
    Cheating is a conservative disease.
    George Bush US steroid era.
    Reagan steroid era.
    Nixon steroid era.
    Hitler steroid era.
    The US beat Hitler without steroids with a liberal president during WW2.

    Conservatives like Lance Armstrong or Joe Paterno or or Jerry Sandusky or OJ Simpson ask you to take personal responsibility and then RUN AWAY from the blame from what you did.

    Lance Armstrong supporters sound the same as Jerry Sandusky. Everyone is out to get me. I didn't do anything.

    I went to a conservative christian high school basketball coach with many wins and he taught cheating for youth basketball down to win because the officials don't call it.

    Great conservative christian leadership.

    This the difference between liberals and con-cheat-agains.

    October 10, 2012 at 1:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • jorge washinsen

      You do know that LSD came out of the last days of WW2 as an experiment on our soldiers by " guvment "doctors? Drugs are not a modern thing.all of it has been around since the first MUslim got high on it..

      October 10, 2012 at 1:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • rjbeal23

      What in the H3LL are you talking about??? Go back in the basement and away from your mother's computer please.

      October 10, 2012 at 1:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • Timmy

      Oh Puh-leaze....

      October 10, 2012 at 1:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • MattR

      This makes absolutely no sense...aside from the grammar issues and lack of punctuation, are you saying that U.S. presidents are responsible for steroid use in sports? How you can compare Sandusky and Armstrong is also baffling, but I take it you don't read the news much or interact with many other people if you can draw those kinds of comparisons.

      October 10, 2012 at 1:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bob

      Are you serious???? Give me a break you moron.

      October 10, 2012 at 1:47 pm | Report abuse |
  3. calvin

    He just doped the wrong way, LOL !

    October 10, 2012 at 1:09 pm | Report abuse |
  4. jack johnson

    if cnn says it , believe the opposite.

    October 10, 2012 at 1:09 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Queen Flatulence

    Pathetic. All these years later and these ninny anti-dopers loose their load now? Somebody must have been paid to make this a hot item.

    October 10, 2012 at 1:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • jorge washinsen

      some have had to much dope trying to get rid of something they did not want the wife to catch.

      October 10, 2012 at 1:15 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Mitch

    Who cares? Armstrong cut off the USADA's nugget sack when he refused to fight. The UCI and USA Cycling still haven't made a formal declaration as to what they are going to acknowledge. The USADA has put all of their chips in one bag and are fighting for credibility at this point. If the major cycling organizations don't accept what they have, they are done.

    October 10, 2012 at 1:09 pm | Report abuse |
  7. TickTickTick

    As I understand their "proof", they have condemned Armstrong for having test results that "could be" in line with what someone that was attempting to mask banned substance "could be" tested as.

    In my word this is not "proof" this is still merely accusation and innuendo.

    October 10, 2012 at 1:10 pm | Report abuse |
  8. LinSea

    It is pretty sad that this is the top story, while the Congressional hearings into the attack on our Libyan consulate and subsequent murder of our ambassador are listed below the actor who was on 'Webster.'

    October 10, 2012 at 1:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • w5cdt

      The shift away from politics I find refreshing !

      October 10, 2012 at 1:11 pm | Report abuse |
  9. doofus

    maybe if he was a longhaired hippy that would work. but since his hair is and has always been exceptionally short, a hair test wouldn't produce any results. derp.

    October 10, 2012 at 1:10 pm | Report abuse |
  10. w5cdt

    Don't let it bother you Lance. Just keep flying N7LA!

    October 10, 2012 at 1:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • James

      It's for sale.

      October 10, 2012 at 1:18 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Chris Walking

    This is breaking news CNN? There are pressing issues inside of the US and true editorials that real journalist can present so Americans can feel they are making educated decisions.

    I've stood by this site too long and I'm off to search for a true news site.

    CNN is the new TMZ.

    October 10, 2012 at 1:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • w5cdt

      Hey, people in Austin are reading this story. Derp.

      October 10, 2012 at 1:13 pm | Report abuse |
  12. MD

    This is America....we're all doped up!

    October 10, 2012 at 1:11 pm | Report abuse |
  13. larrysucks

    Kangaroo justice – no court and no appeals. Just be glad it's not you that has to answer to this charade of justice.

    October 10, 2012 at 1:11 pm | Report abuse |
  14. m s

    Unless they intend to test every single racer that Armstrong raced aganist since 1998 then they have no right to contest his winnings. This is just obsurd, the only reason they're targeting him now is because they're trying to make an example of him. My best wishes to Mr Armstrong during these stressful attacks aganist him.

    October 10, 2012 at 1:12 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Marc

    In this PC world Lance is white that's a NO NO!! Valarie Jarrett the Puppet Master is behind this witch-hunt!

    October 10, 2012 at 1:12 pm | Report abuse |
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