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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Who cares..Move on
PBS Frontline made a test on Lance Armstrong and they found out that Armstrong can slow the Beat of his Heart slower than the Average person. it means he does not need a lot oxygen when he bikes or run. That's why he can win the Tour De France
You are referring to the Vo2 max. Many highly successful athletes have comparable vo2 max levels (see marathon runners, etc. Having this does not in ANY way take away from the alleged cheating. I love him, but if he cheated, he deserves the same reprimand and anyone else that does.
You know to be honest he always made me uncomfortable and I always felt like his cancer and baldness were played up too much.
Lol his cancer was not real enough for you? Only an American would say such a thing, and its a shame...a dam shame.
Hope you don't get cance and look for any care or sympathy.
How does one "Play up" a terminal illness? Cancer is cancer.
All they have to do is show a positive test. Anyone? Anyone? Buehler? Buehler?
This ought to be good. I just can't wait to see how they put all their assumptions together to make "sense".
Lance Armstrong absolutely cheated. Anybody who says otherwise is burying their head in the sand.
Having said that, he used his notoriety to form one of the most successful charities on the planet. Cycling is just a sport. It's people competing against each other for a living. Creating Livestrong has had a far more positive effect on the world than the negative effects of Lance cheating at cycling.
I agree with everything you just said.
I agree. Wonderful statement. Glory to Lance for what he did for his charity and overall awareness. But he must be held to same standards in sport as other athletes.
you can only speculate about his cheating or not .. but I can tell you one thing, no other cyclist is in any better situation than he is ... he only was smarter than the rest, but they all did it. All fo them .. they are just jealous he did it better.
And anyway, ... I take 1000 Armstrongs anytime rather than one single of any other ones.
Don't touch my buddy, he is an inspirational figure not matter what ... look at him, for being a doped guy he is in stunning good shape .. find another so called doped guy that looks like him
@pbernasc: it won't be speculation when they release all the evidence. Anyone involved in cycling knows he cheated. Obviously it was a somewhat level playing field since everyone was cheating at the time, but it's still cheating.
But again, to put it in perspective: cycling is just a sport. It's just doing a physical activity to compete against others and entertain fans. When compared to the impact that Livestrong has had on the world, the fact that he cheated in a sport means absolutely nothing. His Karma is undoubtedly positive.
You folks who "know" he cheated are astoundingly arrogant. The man passed every test he was ever given. The only people accusing him are those who failed their tests and still lost to him.
The blind hatred and envy of the "Armstrong cheated" crowd is the obvious explanation for why this investigation even exists.
There will be no evidence...ZERO...to "prove" Armstrong cheated, but you folks will still believe he did.
You are little people indeed.
As Gilligan would say, "Cheaters never prosper".
Gilligan is dead
The longer the report, the bigger the baloney. Its standard practice for government agencies to try and baffle us with BS when they really dont have a case. The report is not under oath. Beware exaggerated commentary and conclusions...
"more than 1,000 pages of evidence"
Show me solid proof and then and only then will I believe it. Otherwise shut it
Don't bother me! Dega started it!
If the USA Goverment is involved you now have to take it with a grain of salt, they will destory anyone now, sounds like the have it out for Lance Armstrong for along time, I don't believe any of it, just because who is doing it.
wow, the authorities are out to get you huh?
They're not an actual government agency, but please, continue your rant.
So many other people were doping and still couldn't beat him should say something about Lance, whether he was doping or not.
Let me paint you a picture:
1. Lance didn't dope but many other riders doped when he won. Since they couldn't beat him shows that Lance was a superior athlete to them even though they tried to cheat to win.
2. Lancedid dope along with many other riders when he won. Since they could not beat him when they were all on equal grounds (all doping) it shows that Lance is still a superior athlete.
So either way you look at it, whether he doped or not, Lance was superior to all the other riders who did or did not dope.
One could also say that Lance was superior at doping. Just a thought.
Nothing new here folks. Move along! Doping of athletes takes place in most sporting events!
Wow, this story is sooo much bigger than Libyagate.
That's what she said ðŸ˜‰