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. Name*Steven P

    After all is said and done, whenever Lance goes to a bar, people will always want to buy him a drink and the ladies will always want to get laid. The same cannot be said for the folks at USADA.

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

      As a Christian man, I should ignore or attempt to reprimand you for that comment.

      As human man, I LOL'd my butt off! "cause it's true.

      October 10, 2012 at 1:41 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Jay Ayre

    About time Slimebag Lance the Cheater got his come-uppance

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

    What difference does it make today? Absolutely none. He made his fortune already. I am sure he sent it offshore somewhere just in case. Thats all it matters to him.

    October 10, 2012 at 1:38 pm | Report abuse |
  4. masonxhamilton

    Amazing how much the wording of the ASADA sounds exactly like similar statement issued from – the Spanish Inquisition. "We gave them the opportunity to confess their sins, before we tortured them." The real question here is who is behind this inquisition, because there is far more pushing this than professional diligence by the USADA.

    October 10, 2012 at 1:38 pm | Report abuse |
  5. 4sanity

    It will be interesting to see exactly what the "physical evidence" for the accusations of doping are. Synthetic EPO in blood might be distinguishable from the natural version based on amino acid sequence differences or the isotope distribution determined by exact mass spectrometry that might point to a different origin. But these are exceedingly difficult analyses to do and do well given the limited amount of material available. Also a high natural EPO reading doesn't mean anything. A top athlete might be successful exactly because of his/her natural ability to produce such high levels. Also reinfusion of one's own blood can leave some tell tale signs but it would be hard to show an effective "chain of custody" for samples for over 10 years that wasn't susceptible to tampering and therefore admissible as bona fide evidence. Claims by teammates can be viewed as questionable given their own checkered history. Armstrong's strongest argument has been that he passed over 600 random blood/urine tests during his career. If they have solid evidence to the contrary they should lay it out.

    October 10, 2012 at 1:38 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Sarah S.

    I wonder if these "drugs" were to CURE his cancer. As a survivor, I must tell you the drugs are varied and half the time you really are not sure what you are taking!!!

    October 10, 2012 at 1:38 pm | Report abuse |
  7. LaneM

    100% clean drug tests from Armstrong. Sounds like the USADA is the one who is cheating here.

    October 10, 2012 at 1:38 pm | Report abuse |
  8. paultownsend

    I still don't believe it is anything other an another anti-American campaign. PROVE IT before you slander. THAT is the American way of doing things.

    October 10, 2012 at 1:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • Timmytown

      I'm pretty sure that is exactly why they are planning to release the evidence – to prove their claim.
      Whether it actually proves anything or not – I have no idea. Until the report is actually released – everything is speculation.....

      October 10, 2012 at 1:49 pm | Report abuse |
  9. JOH

    No one cares about Armstrong. ANd for all you Armstrong wannabes wearing their spandex and riding the bike in the middle of the road, no one cares about you too. Get off the road and stop playing with your lives. A car going 15mph can kill you easily.

    October 10, 2012 at 1:39 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Roger Ogilvy Thornhill

    I see Armstrong is going to have a fan base no matter how much evidence comes out against this cheater. Haha.

    October 10, 2012 at 1:39 pm | Report abuse |
  11. popcorn

    Don't you love this NEWS.... it's almost like NETFLIX inceased FEES, BANK OF AMERICA increased FEESS....

    AMERICA IS BROKE. Thanks to GOVERNMENT.

    USADA just wasted tax dollars after showing up late work and catch him. Next time give to OLYMPICS DOPING LAB or FBI. Sheese.

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

      +100000000000

      October 10, 2012 at 1:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • frespech

      Who cares about your stupid report. Wipe with it. Not in reply to popcorn

      October 10, 2012 at 1:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • FoldingCouch

      Sorry your time was wasted. Don't read it next time.

      October 10, 2012 at 1:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • eelectron

      Gotta make something up to justify their job. The fact that he passed all tests given to him clearly shows he met their standard at that time. So the standard has changed, how can anyone meet a future standard???

      October 10, 2012 at 1:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • advocatusdiaboli

      Pursuing criminals and cheats and bringing them to justice is NEVER wrong nor is ever too expensive. Without justice and the rule of law we have chaos and barbarism.

      October 10, 2012 at 2:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • TDM

      But witch hunts are always justified, if it means burning the witch at the stake, even when they're found to be blameless, right? Especially if it's on pay-per-view, right, ad?

      October 10, 2012 at 2:19 pm | Report abuse |
  12. carlwesleyclark

    If I could take a pill that would make me a better guitarist, you can bet I would.

    October 10, 2012 at 1:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • GM1953

      go ahead, but do you think people should have any respect for a pill produced "talent"?

      October 10, 2012 at 1:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • Franksam

      GM, considering all the records sold by junkies since recording began, yeah.

      October 10, 2012 at 1:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • VulpesRex

      There are plenty of "pills" to make you a better guitarist. Just ask Hendrix, Nelson, Lennon, etc, etc, etc...

      October 10, 2012 at 1:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • FoldingCouch

      I just listened to Troubletown. You'll need several pills, I think.

      October 10, 2012 at 1:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • time

      What world do you live in. Nobody cares about the path anymore, just the end result.

      October 10, 2012 at 2:33 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Jim DeLapp

    Anytime your WHOLE case is built on here say and questionably garnered witnesses ti is a sad day for American justice. All the physical evidence has been thrown out of court THREE times in other cases as not being sound enough to convict.

    October 10, 2012 at 1:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • advocatusdiaboli

      Like most deniers, you didn't read through the evidence—they have plenty of objective test facts. You jsut ignore what contradicts what you want to believe—just like climate change deniers.

      October 10, 2012 at 2:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • TDM

      And you did, ad? Oh, do edify us unwashed masses. While you deny there's a witch hunt going on. Ok.

      October 10, 2012 at 2:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • crbrianb

      Can you say double jeapordy? I knew you could.

      October 10, 2012 at 2:17 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Realist

    If someone truly and honestly didn't dope they would NEVER of given up the fight UNLESS they were in fact GUILTY.

    October 10, 2012 at 1:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • rockysfan

      We'll see if you still spout that when you've been tried and acquited 3 times!

      October 10, 2012 at 1:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • A real realist

      @Realist – people plead guilty in courts of law every day, even though they maintain their innocence. If you don't think you can win and the fighting is costing you time, money, etc., sometimes it easier to just give up the fight. After the years of witch hunts that Lance has had to put up with, I suspect that he was getting tired of having to yet again try to prove his innocence. It is really hard to prove you didn't do something. That is why the burden of proof in criminal courts is on the prosecution. Unfortunately the USADA isn't a court and doesn't believe in playing fair. Obviously someone decided they needed to keep hounding someone to justify the existence of this useless organization

      October 10, 2012 at 1:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • advocatusdiaboli

      Armstrong quit fighting because it is part of his strategy to avoid the evidence coming out. ESPN's Ford summed it all up succinctly:

      “I take that in many ways that this was the lowest risk strategy that he could pursue, in the sense that, if he had gone to arbitration, as much that he might have thought that he had a chance, just as he always did on the road during a bike race, testimony would have come into the record that could have been very damaging to him had it become public, had it been released to various parties that wanted to sue him," said Bonnie Ford of ESPN. "This way, he gets to walk away from a process that he’s declared invalid and try to shape his own message and what’s left of his legacy, which in the past he’s proved to be pretty skilled at.”

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

      Garbage, ad, He's been fighting these charges for 13 years; he's tired. Like most deniers of truth, the worst case scenario sounds much better for controversy and mediaplay. When someone flings enough mud, and the target removes himself instead of getting pelted, he's guilty of something? Ok, sure, whatever.

      October 10, 2012 at 2:16 pm | Report abuse |
  15. i_know_everything

    kill him

    October 10, 2012 at 1:40 pm | Report abuse |
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