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. h0nestabe

    No way! You mean professional athletes use performance enhancing drugs? GTFOOH!

    I'm sure no other cyclist that Armstrong was competing was using PED's. People are so stupid that they think they can control what people are going to put in their bodies. And then they'll claim it's about being fair and worrying about your health while Monsanto is growing GMO food that causes cancers and they're putting flouride in your water supply and claiming it's for healthy teeth. Americans are D-U-M-B for listening to anything these clowns say. Make sure to slam one of our winners because surely no one else was cheating because there's no way to beat their BS tests.

    October 10, 2012 at 1:54 pm | Report abuse |
  2. popcorn

    HEHEHEHEHHE......What is USADA going to do?


    October 10, 2012 at 1:55 pm | Report abuse |
  3. JohnnyAnonymous

    This just one cares. It's cycling.

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

    What percent of American publis is not running without one form or other without artificial stimulants?
    Some pf our elderly, over 50, are walking chemicals!

    October 10, 2012 at 1:56 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Joe Blough

    There is nothing wrong with using any form of human-developed assistance in achieving better physical performance in sports. This includes advanced technology used during training, in equipment, in clothing, nutrition, food, and yes, even steroids. When used under the supervision of doctors, steroids are a valuable aid in preventing and healing soft-tissue injury, and can be used to achieve peak physical performance without comprimising the long-term health of the athlete.

    October 10, 2012 at 1:59 pm | Report abuse |
  6. RunfortheHills

    And, not a single eff was given. It's obvious to anyone with a brain that these people have had a vendetta against Armstrong, and all other American cyclists, for the better part of a decade. The French just can't take being beaten at their own games.

    October 10, 2012 at 1:59 pm | Report abuse |
  7. us_1776

    1000 pages of lies does not evidence make.


    October 10, 2012 at 1:59 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Lesley

    He knew they had something when he said he would stop fighting the charges. What a dirtbag.

    October 10, 2012 at 1:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rational1a

      Until they clear everyone in every race, he is the only one they are going after. They all cheat in cycling – told over and over by those that have gotten caught and volunteered the info – so what's the point? The agency is terrible at catching them and that is the main problem.

      October 10, 2012 at 2:06 pm | Report abuse |
  9. MissouriJack

    Evidence! We don't need no stinking evidence! We're from the government!

    October 10, 2012 at 2:00 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Steve Sandell

    The USADA was designed specificly to go after cyclists, or should I say, make up a bunch of BS to tarnish Lance Armstrong's career! Those phonies need to be investigated by the REAL Government!

    October 10, 2012 at 2:00 pm | Report abuse |
  11. T Rich

    This is all obviously about a wider conspiracy involving Prez Obama, martians and microchips implanted in the brains of the USADA shot callers.

    October 10, 2012 at 2:00 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Oldgamer56

    Where is the report? This seems a lot like vaporware. Big promises before anyone actually sees the report. Almost as if they wish to create a positive spin before anyone can question them.

    Personally, I could care less. the TdF was fun to watch and Lance drove the French crazy. If the entire French nation couldn't catch Lance cheating, then why is Targert making such a big deal of it, except for self promotion and increased power. USDA should be disbanded and each sport should be responsible for policing their own activities.

    But the Lance haters, most of whom can't ride a bike, will continue, because the mob likes to destroy anyone that dares excel. No leaving the herd of sheep, that's Baaadddd!

    October 10, 2012 at 2:01 pm | Report abuse |
  13. carlwesleyclark

    Lance did a lot more than win bike races.

    October 10, 2012 at 2:01 pm | Report abuse |
  14. sly

    EVERYONE knows Armstrong is a disgusting lyin' Doper.

    He is just like Sandusky in that respect.

    "Get Caught Red Handed"? Lie lie cheat and deny.

    What a punk. Here's to hoping we NEVER see Lance Armstrong in public again.

    October 10, 2012 at 2:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • FKell

      As said many times, where is the PHYSICAL evidence? All anyone has ever had was a friend of a friend, who knows a guy, who saw a guy that said he hear a guy who was caught taking performance enhancing drugs by with a drug test that he took the same stuff that Lance took.

      October 10, 2012 at 2:10 pm | Report abuse |
  15. bob litfin

    And Obama has a birth certificate..This is the kind of garbage you get from Obama spokesman Robert Fibbs

    October 10, 2012 at 2:02 pm | Report abuse |
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