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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I don't buy it. But it does make me hate the sport of cycling. Hopefully that was the goal.
This guy is guilty. The quicker he admits it, the quicker he can move on with the rest of his life.
So... let me see if I understand this properly. More than a year after the man retires from the sport an agency who has NO authority over the professional sport decides based upon allegations alone with a literal avalanche of evidence AGAINST the claims decides they can strip him of awards he won while passing every test he was given. That sums this up right? Just... wow. Not even a witch hunt with made up/possibly falsified evidence... no evidence at all is even pretended to exist. Pathetic. Next we'll say that since Babe Ruth was occasionally a drunk and most likely at some point drank Coca-Cola which had trace amounts of cocaine in it that all of the Yankee wins during his era are invalid. Is that next? Or maybe because basically EVERY major hitter in baseball for about a decade was 'juicing' we make every game invalid and NOBODY won the World Series during those years.
In answer to your question Daniel, you don't have that right.
He DOES have it right
Hincape has lost all of my respect.
They were ALL doping. THe reason Lance had to stay quiet, is because you cannot gaurantee that the other 99% are going to be honest. There will always be one liar ready to take the trophy...so why not EVERYONE stay quiet???
Boo Hincape...admit toi cheating after the fact...YAY Lance, keep with you stance
I guess hearsay is more accurate than 500 drug tests!
If Lance Armstrong retires.... HAHAHAHHAHAHHA..... USADA.... what are they going to do? hahahahah
One of biggest sports in US is cheating on income tax.
In daily life at job or play cheating is there. If love life is limp, take a pill, tired at work legal speed available via can bottle or pill and of course coffee.
Not cheating just a means of winning lifes game.
First Grant Wilson leaves TAPS, now this.... Good God, what's happening to our heroes?
Why doesn't he just stop bicycle riding?
He needs money to pay off mortgages, car expense, gas, etc.
Was there any doubt? No one is superhuman, Without drugs. He won too many races for his age.
That's the truth behind this whole thing that noone's talking about....
Where's the full story? I truly do not believe this just over the amount of testing that Lance has undergone over the last 10 years.
The guy passed every doping test he took. Maybe he did, maybe he didn't, but all the proof is on his side, the accusation and innuendo on his enemies.
I'll go with the proof on this one.
The testing organization here is dirty.
Doesn't the phrase, "quasi-governmental", say it all?
What is and what isn't doping? Is drinking a Coke or eating a Hershey bar doping? Baseball players took speed for 50 years, was that doping? Football players eat special diets, is that doping? Models get boob jobs, is that doping? This entire conversation is BS. Move on poeple.....
Yes Lance, you didn't do it, and Jerry Sandusky didn't do it, and OJ Simpson didn't do it, and Pres Clinton didn't do it. They're all just mean witch hunts, aren't they?
Show me a positive blood test.