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. laskerknight

    Let He among You. Who hasn't cheated in there lifetime cast the first stone....

    October 10, 2012 at 1:21 pm | Report abuse |
  2. wmskadder

    I have always and to this day believe Armstrong "used". Let;s be practical, (7) Tour de Frances wins. Beyond herculian and common sense. For those still believing, I have ocean front property in AZ. You want proof, read the evidence. That's whats wrong with today's young adults, they have been raised with atheletes cheating, it;s almost natural, part of the culture now. Their to busy with their nose stuck in a I.phone, cell phone and every other gadget that comes along. They can hardly carry on a one on one conversation with anyone. Pitty us if our shores were ever attacked, they'd surrender to the enemy for a new I.pad.

    October 10, 2012 at 1:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • fox

      Show us the proof. if its hear say its not even allowed iin a court. enough said, shut the door move on!

      October 10, 2012 at 1:27 pm | Report abuse |
  3. popcorn

    Don't you hate the GOVERNMENT not doing their job and show their work LATENESS maybe 50 years to come out?

    October 10, 2012 at 1:22 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Mitt Romney

    Lance is a typical doper.

    October 10, 2012 at 1:23 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Russ

    If Romney get's elected are they going to take the election away from him? Everyone knows he's lying.

    October 10, 2012 at 1:23 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Paul

    I do not know what the truth is. I realize this, though...associations and media are able to make someone look bad even though they may be innocent. The power of the press, when not used objectively, can cause bias, discourse, and provide false information. If Lance is indeed guilty of maniputing the system, then show the proof. Otherwise, drop it and try to recover your reputation. The people have many other important things to ponder besides this. As the old saying gooe, po0p or get off the pot.

    October 10, 2012 at 1:23 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Ed

    The USADA get's 70% of it's funding from federal grants. STOP WASTING TAXPAYER DOLLARS ON THIS ridiculous witch hunt! I, and most other taxpayers, can't give a rat's axx if Armstrong used or not.

    October 10, 2012 at 1:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ed

      gets... not get's.. sry

      October 10, 2012 at 1:25 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Geff

    "It's Not About the Bike". Now I get it!

    October 10, 2012 at 1:24 pm | Report abuse |
  9. what about...

    No one is addressing the fact that he is winning/placing high in triathlons at the age of 40. Is he still doping??

    October 10, 2012 at 1:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kevin Schwinkendorf

      Good point!

      October 10, 2012 at 1:27 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Kevin Schwinkendorf

    This is absolutely obsured! The USADA has lost their relevancy in my book! The drug testing in the sporting events that lance participated in was the Base-line. He passed every test he took, period. There's nothing else to say, period! Rediculous witch hunt! All you USADA officials should be ashamed of yourselves!

    October 10, 2012 at 1:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • Marta Paglianni

      His teammate Hincape always passed too. Yet he came clean today saying that he too used drugs all these yrs.

      October 10, 2012 at 1:56 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Bill McGowan

    They call it the the US Anti Doping Agency because it's run and operated by real dopes. It's totally silly and just another attempt on the part of this agency to justify their positions and prolong employment with never ending public and private hearings, committee meetings, and on camera press releases. Pathetic.

    October 10, 2012 at 1:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • islamsuks

      so true!

      October 10, 2012 at 1:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • narnia

      The USADA mandate only gives them authority over the US Olympics. The Tour de France is privately run and not even a US contest.

      October 10, 2012 at 1:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • anon

      Exactly.

      October 10, 2012 at 1:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • MatMan

      Too Funny- As you read this article It Really Is About Hincapie's admission today, not about Armstrong. Hmmm. Government Funded USADA. Hmmmm. Can you name a Texan who rode mountain bikes with Armstrong? Well, it is good to clean up sport, but the game should be worth the candle. If the principle is to catch and punish dopers, why do you let 10 or more go free to catch one?

      October 10, 2012 at 1:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • mwalshnm

      This agency should be abolished and here is why:

      Their rules, regulations, and subsequent enforcement stifle innovation for the human condition and are quite self serving as explained from other posts. Let me explain, IF Lance violated some of "their rules" (and I certainly don't know that he did anything he is being accused of) so what? I know there is a laundry list of "reasons" to answer my question and maybe even some are valid BUT I would say that maybe a superior athlete like Lance should be praised, analysed, tested, for how we could ALL potentially benefit from what he has learned or experimented with to have performed at such a high level for so long AND survived cancer.

      Could it be possible that "banned" substances aren't as bad as they seem? This is a test group of performance enhancements in real time. If using certain substances were to unfortunately kill the athelete – well, they will have just given their life to science. But on the other hand, we could potentially learn something very important – rather many things positively for everyone that could improve human performance for ever. Why stop innovating for a formula one car, we don't. They go faster and faster and handle better and better for everyone's benefit. So why stop professional athletes from experimenting with their own bodies so that we all might benefit?

      October 10, 2012 at 1:50 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Eric

    Your tax dollars at work, with a $10,000,000 grant from the Feds to the USADA in their last financial report I could find on their web site. That was a few years ago.

    October 10, 2012 at 1:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • jbarts

      According to Tyler Hamilton's new book, and Floyd Landis's False Claims Act suit, Lance and his organization defrauded the government of $30 million. No athlete should be allowed to build their reputation and personal bank account on lies, cheating and fraud.

      October 10, 2012 at 1:32 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Tunnel light

    Why would anyone believe that the USADA, and Lance Armstrong's peers and teamates would expend this much time, energy and expense just to frame him? What kind of a miserable human being would you have to be to attract such malice against yourself? We love to explain away our human frailties by inventing injustices that draw attention away from the core cause of our failures, The sad part of crime in America today is that the majority of criminals aren't remorseful that they committed the crime, they're remorsefult that they got caught.

    October 10, 2012 at 1:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • BostonBob

      Well, all those who 'testified' against Armstrong were caught cheating. He never was.

      It seems to me that if they were all doing the same things as Armstrong supposedly was doing why did only they get caught?

      The French in particular have had it in for Armstrong for years and one of their people was caught fabricating evidence against him.

      This is just another attempt to sully his name and just ask yourself why didn't any of his tests fail but those who testified against him (and received lighter sentences because of it) did fail their tests?

      October 10, 2012 at 1:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dan

      If you look at the political climate in this country, you can catch this kind of grief just because you're successful. I still think it's easier to believe that they're all out against him, than it is for him to successfully rig +700 blood tests.

      October 10, 2012 at 1:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • anon

      Thankfully this is one agency that is getting their funding axed. They are useless and with this are operating outside of their charter. They should be arrested for abuse of power.

      October 10, 2012 at 1:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • jcpat

      The USADA is just a collection of humans, which makes them fallible and subject to the same temptations and motivations as the cyclists. Once again, the government (quasi included) has no business meddling in such matters.

      October 10, 2012 at 1:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • Fuzzy

      Yo, Stupid. Armstrong has not been "caught" violating any doping regulations. He has passed hundreds of tests throughout his career. The USADA dopes are accusing him on heresay evidence with no actual physical evidence whatsoever.

      October 10, 2012 at 1:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • Realistic

      Lets see the positive tests. Until then, this is a waste of time and resources and why on earth are the taxpayers on the hook for any of this expense?

      October 10, 2012 at 1:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • Marta Paglianni

      Hincape NEVER got caught cheating either. Yet he came out clean. Why?

      Lets say your son came on second all those yrs yet Lance got the glory, fame and $$$. Now your son is teaching at a small school that nobody ever heard of or out of work. How would you feel knowing that a cheater took away all of that from your boy? Lance and many others did that to so many athletes yet they got away , kept the glory, trophy and all the $$$$.

      October 10, 2012 at 1:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tunnel light

      @ Fuzzy – Yo Stupid?? The USADA has stated that Armstrong's 2009 and 2010 tests are "fully consistent with blood manipulation including EPO use and/or blood transfusions." Barry Bonds was also touted as "someone who had never tested positive by MLB" until it was proven he had.

      October 10, 2012 at 2:10 pm | Report abuse |
  14. DT

    I can't understand this being a pro sport and who cares if he doped. If there is money in it they juice. End of story. deny but juice, deny but juice, repeat until retirement.

    October 10, 2012 at 1:25 pm | Report abuse |
  15. doug

    Stacy Dash, you are next!

    October 10, 2012 at 1:25 pm | Report abuse |
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