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. JCDavis

    That they're releasing 1000 pages suggests they've got nothing and hope to cover that with a lot of smoke. That they claim that it was "the most sophisticated doping program" yet he supposedly shot up in front of others proves that it's hogwash.

    October 10, 2012 at 1:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • GM1953

      then read the 1,000 pages to find out. I'm sure someone will post them online

      October 10, 2012 at 1:42 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Chaz

    Lance, never admit you cheated. That way the 20 or so people who believe you didn't do it will keep on believing.

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

      I say let's ban those who don't take pills, can't be more than 2 or 3 in cycling or even better, lets make all sports use these drugs and create the biggest freaky monsters ever for our entertainment.

      October 10, 2012 at 1:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • ImWithLance

      If the 1000 pages of evidence were credible then this would have been over a long time ago. I don't know when, in all the work and training that goes into cycling, he would have time to orchestrate this intricate doping scheme without getting caught a lot sooner.

      If that is the case then LANCE FOR PRESIDENT!

      October 10, 2012 at 1:54 pm | Report abuse |
  3. rockysfan

    Manufactured maybe by USADA? I'm thinking this is back pedalin by them to support their stripping his wins. What a bunch of bull pucky! If this "evidence" was so damming and overwhelming, it would have held up in the doping trial. It didn't now did it?!

    October 10, 2012 at 1:43 pm | Report abuse |
  4. popcorn


    Damnnnnnnnn. It' took USADA very very very very long time to catch him. HAHAHHA. This dude is already rich. Dated music star, etc.

    This is really SAD. USADA just wasted our tax dollars for their new findings.
    I don't care anymore. Because. He's looks like he's about to retired. Ha hahhahahahhah.
    He can get away with it just like baseball athletes taking steroids. hahahhahhahah
    Another waste of tax dollars.

    October 10, 2012 at 1:43 pm | Report abuse |
  5. popcorn

    Lance Armstong won already. Why do we care? He dopes. He's about to retire.....

    October 10, 2012 at 1:44 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Flier100

    Aux armes, citoyens!
    Formez vos bataillons
    Marchons, marchons
    Qu'un sang impur
    Abreuve nos sillons

    October 10, 2012 at 1:45 pm | Report abuse |
  7. I Love Mekons

    Why is this Breaking News? Everybody knows that Armstrong doped and has been lying about it for years.

    October 10, 2012 at 1:46 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Mark Hammett

    He was never caught under the standards accepted and required by the cycling authorities at his time. Thus he is innocent. As for boosting his performance, I may suggest that special diets, sports drinks, aspirin for aches and pains and the radios they use all contribute to the athlete's success. having spare bikes, tire changers, 5 pound bikes also can be construed as cheating the true intent of a ride.

    Lance beat everyone at the game that was sanctioned. He is a true winner for that.

    October 10, 2012 at 1:47 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Mike

    Looks like jealous sub-par cyclists finally got their way. He's retired, why would Armstrong want to keep fighting bogus charges for the rest of his life? The only evidence the USADA has is that Armstrong got sick of it and says it's no longer worth his bother. Yet another advancement in the government's cause of guilty until proven otherwise. Makes it so much easier on the courts that way.

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

    So the US Anti-Doping Agency will release "1000 pages of evidence."

    I wonder if five of those pages will be worth reading?

    October 10, 2012 at 1:47 pm | Report abuse |
  11. buhbyeazzho

    I live in Austin. Lance Armstrong is a JERK and everyone in town who has had to have anything to do with hm knows it. He does truly act like someone on steroids with his short fuse and inexplicable temper tantrums. Like an angry spoiled child on crystal meth. Not very useful to humanity, either. A grown man who wants everyone to watch how fast he can ride his bike. To the dustbin of history, I say and good riddance.

    October 10, 2012 at 1:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • Greg0311

      But I bet you'll catch Monday Night Football in a few days, right?

      To the dustbin of history with YOU and your hypocrisy.

      October 10, 2012 at 1:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • buhbyeazzho

      Nice assuming you do there, Greggie-boy. But yes, the angry boy-child in spandex panties is not as appealing as a game of football. Any other asinine questions?

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

    Talk about USADA wasting your Tax Money????

    Are you OK with Team USPS using tens of millions of your tax $$'s to fund illegal activities??

    Because that's what they did.

    October 10, 2012 at 1:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mike

      USPS? The United States Post Office?

      October 10, 2012 at 1:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • John

      The USPS is NOT tax funded. It is self-funded.

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

      Mike, USPS = United States Postal Service

      October 10, 2012 at 2:00 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Charles

    To me, he's still the greatest... drugs or no drugs...

    October 10, 2012 at 1:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • Karen

      Just wondering why? He cheated and was riding the fame to success. That is not a "great" person.

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

      everyone cheats Karen.

      October 10, 2012 at 1:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ec

      How? If he cheated, we don't know his true abilities. This country needs to stop forgiving athletes who cheat. This man is not a hero. So what if he beat cancer, so do a lot of others. He cheated on his wife, he cheated in his sport...and that's not even his real name! Pathetic ego-maniac.

      October 10, 2012 at 1:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ec

      nozz, that's your justification? No, not everyone. I don't. People with intergrity and moral character don't. Our society has gone to moral standards any more.

      October 10, 2012 at 1:56 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Hide Behind

    If the Right Of Women To Do What They Want With Own Body Why Not Athletes?
    Its all aboutt money and self esteem. and need to present oneslf to the markets.

    October 10, 2012 at 1:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ec

      It's about CHEATING. That means, his talents as an athlete are actually unknown. We will never know if he is naturally good because he, you see, he cheated himself more than the other athletes he screwed over.

      October 10, 2012 at 1:57 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Coggs

    Live strong, cheat well.

    October 10, 2012 at 1:48 pm | Report abuse |
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      October 10, 2012 at 1:52 pm | Report abuse |
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