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. jnsesq

    Armstrong... Woods... Essentially iconic trash. But hey, it's Kardashian America.

    October 10, 2012 at 2:18 pm | Report abuse |
  2. art

    USADA – Back off! He is not going to humor you! I guess some high profile lawyers thought they could milk him. The public doesn't care. If you wanted to find something out, you should have found it out early enough, like when he was actually competing. There should be a statute of limitations on such things anyway.

    October 10, 2012 at 2:19 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Gantry

    How does this pass as breaking news? CNN is burying the Libyan embassy fiasco to run this drivel?

    October 10, 2012 at 2:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • M Thompson

      CNN is very good at burying stories that negatively reflect their liberal agenda.

      October 10, 2012 at 2:25 pm | Report abuse |
  4. rubykata Test anything enough times, and you'll get false positives.
    I have no clue if he does dope or not, nor do I care one wit.
    However this much testing will lead to an occasional positive result, regardless of facts.

    October 10, 2012 at 2:20 pm | Report abuse |
  5. RunfortheHills

    I wonder how much USADA paid George Hincapie for that little gem. Hincapie is a has-been with an unpopular line of crappy cycling clothes. He has a clear motive to collude with USADA to hang Armstrong.

    October 10, 2012 at 2:21 pm | Report abuse |
  6. J.

    This sounds like either the USADA pressured riders who did use to give false testimony against someone who didn't and yet still managed to win; or he did use and still managed to beat them and they're testifying b/c they're jealous. This is sad and ridiculous. This shouldn't be news.

    October 10, 2012 at 2:22 pm | Report abuse |
  7. GFWSR

    It has been said in several sports circles including auto racing, that there are cheaters, and there are losers. I suspect this may well be true.

    October 10, 2012 at 2:22 pm | Report abuse |
  8. American1-7times_Ha...ha!!!

    I'm sure it will be a nice read for the USADA but they do not have one test with a positive result. If they can win off of mearly "saying" something is a fact and not proving it, then we'll all end up like the guy who bought a Chevy in Virginia and got arrested because he got too good of a deal. We really have to watch collectives and their far reach or injustice. This case is much more than Lance, it's about non-government orgs controlling us as such.

    October 10, 2012 at 2:22 pm | Report abuse |
  9. james648

    so what?

    October 10, 2012 at 2:23 pm | Report abuse |
  10. A Cyclist

    If my mortgage depended on my performance riding a bike and everyone else was doing it, I would too. I would almost have to in order to compete. Keep in mind that all these guys are world class athletes without performance enhancing drugs. I've read that the drugs only increase performance a percentage or two, but at that level where abilities are normalized, that can make the difference in winning a stage or finishing mid-field. I don't care if Armstrong did it or not as everyone else was too. If he didn't then more power to him. I am glad that the issue of doping in many sports has come to the attention of the masses. I believe in purity of the sport so long as they don't make caffeine an illegal performance enhancing drug – which it does actually increase performance. I gotta have my cup of Joe before a race 🙂

    October 10, 2012 at 2:24 pm | Report abuse |
  11. MikeyZ

    In the limit, if doping is systemic and ubiquitous in cycling, then I don't care so much if Armstrong juiced or not.

    How far down the standings list of the last Tour de France would you have to go to find the first "honest" cyclist? I'll bet you'd have to go through at least the first fifty finishers.

    If doping is endemic to the sport, then so be it. Release the restrictions, disband the anti-doping agencies, and let the cyclists race openly juiced. All the other options are just window dressing for the self-righteousness of non-racers.

    October 10, 2012 at 2:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • azdave

      I don't think you understand the economics involved here. Pro cycling is virtually 100% supported by commercial sponsors of one sort or other. Nobody pays admission to watch a pro cycling event, and sponsors don't want to be openly associated with druggies ... it's not the image they pay to promote. Sponsors have known all along that most of the pelaton was doping, but as long as there was a viable pretense that it was limited in scope they could look the other way like everyone else. If the sport were to openly embrace doping as you so naively suggest the sport would soon die ... just as some of the doped up riders have done in the past.

      October 10, 2012 at 2:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dgam

      Well said MikeyZ. Well said. It will also provide valauble case studies on how HGH, doping, steriods etc affect the male body over time. It's entirely possible that HGH is the fountain of youth. Let them take whatever they think helps them. It's there health and body.

      October 10, 2012 at 2:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • big wheeler

      All the way, and then some. The human body is not made to or designed for the rigors that races like the Tour puts on them. It is my belief that EVERYONE used or uses PED's. If they didn't, they could not qualify for the Tour. Sadly in our sports world today, it is the norm, not the exception that drugs are used.

      October 10, 2012 at 2:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • sly

      You obviously don't care that Ryan Braun did steriods either.

      Maybe though ... you care that you THINK Barry Bonds did steriods.

      Clemons ... you don't care about that either.

      Guess what ... some of the rest of us do not like cheaters in multi-billion dollar sports.

      October 10, 2012 at 2:44 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Hide Behind

    An important meeting between three of Worlds leaders. One is on constant meds for Depression. The other is on roids. and pills to aboid sleepiness and body tremors. and the last one has a bad liver but stays constantly drunk and liked cocaine and other stimulants. Churchill, Roosevelt and Stalin.They divided the world.

    October 10, 2012 at 2:25 pm | Report abuse |
  13. rkdres

    Did he dope? I personally believe so, yes. But this was during a time when nearly ALL top pro cyclists were doping, so it was an even playing field. Give it a rest already. So many of you act like Lance would ride like a 95 year old man had he not used PEDs. Please, this guy has more ability in his pinky than most of you couch potato, foosball watching dung mellons

    October 10, 2012 at 2:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • shellz

      Agreed - enough already.....

      October 10, 2012 at 2:36 pm | Report abuse |
  14. fred

    Did the USADA not get enough accolades in August? Lance Armstrong, a doper repeatedly beat a field saturated with other cycling dopers in a predominantly European sport with a long history of doping. USADA is the big dope in this story.

    A real story would be if they went after the NBA, NFL, MLB and NCAA.. Oh wait, stay away, there's too much money at stake there.

    October 10, 2012 at 2:26 pm | Report abuse |
  15. noreligion

    Denial, is what a lot of people engage in when their idols fall from the pedestal. So sad. I admired Lance Armstrong too, now I am just disappointed. Not not just in him but in the whole team and the culture of cheating in the sport.

    October 10, 2012 at 2:27 pm | Report abuse |
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