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. soothseeker

    why is this "breaking news"? The breaking news is the hearings on Benghazi-gate and the cnn coverup! Where is the coverage of the huge scandal that is destroying our national security. Maybe Big Bird can make a video that they can protest too!

    October 10, 2012 at 1:31 pm | Report abuse |
  2. andy

    Armstrong said he passed drug screens. He did claim he didn't use. What strikes me is George Hincapie. What a shame.

    October 10, 2012 at 1:31 pm | Report abuse |
  3. otherside802

    It's a bunch of guys riding bikes. Not losing sleep that someone took drugs to be able to pedal faster.

    October 10, 2012 at 1:32 pm | Report abuse |
  4. greg

    This is sad. I wonder if these drugs are what caused his cancer?

    October 10, 2012 at 1:32 pm | Report abuse |
  5. popcorn

    How come OLYMPICS can detect DOPING what USADA can't detect it?

    WHAT THE ?!!?! Are you saying USADA can't afford to get a LAB? OH MY GOD...... FBI have it's own lab. They detected BALCO. GIVE TO HAVE FBI and BANKRUPT USADA...

    saves money from TAX DOLLAR SHORTFALL in recession.

    October 10, 2012 at 1:34 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Scott

    Wow, more republicans and their million and one conspiracy theories. I guess if whatever news organizations choose to cover doesn't match what you (you're a news CEO?) think they should, it's a conspiracy. Y'all are hopeless.

    October 10, 2012 at 1:35 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Carlton

    The USDA is a sham. They pursue Armsstrong and more importantly cycling on a never ending vendetta while sports like football, baseball and basketball get a free pass. What a joke. Cycling is the most test sport in the world, period, end of discussion. Why are our tax payer dollars being used to fund Travis Tygart's person mission to tarnish Armstong. If we want fairness in sports it has to start with the mainstream sports and we have to stop using cycling as a scapegoat

    October 10, 2012 at 1:35 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Joe Bedlocks

    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.

    Thank you whoever wrote this

    October 10, 2012 at 1:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • jeff

      This is a sport...entertainment only. Why would any of this be a crime?

      October 10, 2012 at 1:38 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Pontly

    Sorry Marko but I am not a republican. Not even close. My point is why are they involved? There's ruling "organizations" that should control these issues. Not our elected officals. If you don't believe they have much bigger issues you truly are a fool.

    October 10, 2012 at 1:36 pm | Report abuse |
  10. jeff

    The witch hunt continues. This "agency" is a joke.

    October 10, 2012 at 1:36 pm | Report abuse |
  11. f8te

    Let's not forget that the sociopath said he wouldn't rule out a shot at politics. Pathological liar would fit right in.

    October 10, 2012 at 1:36 pm | Report abuse |
  12. popcorn

    USADA = LAZY... LAZY.... LAZY......


    GO AWAY USADA. You suck at doing job. Give to FBI.

    October 10, 2012 at 1:36 pm | Report abuse |
  13. joe t

    I'm not a cycling fan or a Lance Armstrong fan. I tend to like facts. The French hated this guy, investigated him in every way possible, tested him to the point of obsession. Nothing. Department of Justice investigated him, nothing. With the exception of the US group, he has been cleared by every cycling investigative group in the world. The US group spends a fortune, digs up a bunch of convicted dopers to rationalize their existence and publishes a report. Gotta wonder!

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

      You said you like facts – and I agree with you about that. Let's wait and see what the USADA report says before we pass any judgement on either Lance Armstrong or the USADA. It is possible that they have uncovered some facts that may shed light that was not available in the past....and again, it's possible they may not show anything new. I plan to wait and see – until then, I will withhold judgement.

      October 10, 2012 at 1:44 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Realist

    Someone getting better and stronger with age when everyone else would be on the downside?

    An unpresidented 7 in a row?

    Sorry this whole thing stunk of a doping scandal from day one.

    October 10, 2012 at 1:37 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Dan

    It was so sophisticated that he passed every test. Who cares anyway? They ride bicycles for a living. Can we please stop funding these useless government agencies?

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