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. Mark

    Witch Hunt complete.

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

    I'm sure Armstrong and everyone else who won or placed in the TDF for the past couple decades was culpable. So what?

    October 10, 2012 at 2:28 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Hide Behind

    The Government leadership of US runs on doping and no President since at least JFK who ran on roids and pain medications. to our Present one can hold office without them.

    October 10, 2012 at 2:29 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Bill

    Who cares?

    October 10, 2012 at 2:29 pm | Report abuse |
  5. sly

    White people are so funny.

    When the government spent 8 years trying to prove Barry Bonds used PED, they failed, but all the white boys were crying about how he didnt really hit 762 Career Homers.

    Now when their little favorite liar was caught red-handed, the responses are 'Who cares ... there are more important things in the world, so ONLY write about wars and stuff'.

    HA HA HA HA HA .... Let's all hope we never see the like's of Lance Armstrong or Jerry Sandusky again – lyin' an' cheating fools. (I know, one is a whole lot worse than the other one).

    October 10, 2012 at 2:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tbone

      Your very talented being able to tell white from black/other in a post.

      October 10, 2012 at 2:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • sly

      I know ... kinda a special gift I was born with ...

      There does seem to be a tad different reaction to Bonds and Armstrong ... even though Bonds was never proven to do PEDs and Armstrong was.

      Maybe they are just not SF Giants fans ...

      October 10, 2012 at 2:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • really??

      You turn this into a race thing? If you read ALL the comments–then you notice that what most people are saying is that EVERYBODY was doing it–so was it really unfair that Lance did it too??? Baseball–only a couple were–Bonds, McGuire, Conseco in the past–and two of them are white BTW–and they did get caught and everybody wanted to get them no different then wanitng to get Bonds. Baseball today is a mostly clean sport where the vast majority of players do not dope. Cycling for whatever reason is a "dirty" sport with more people doing it than not.

      October 10, 2012 at 2:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • sly

      Hey, hopefully people of all colors hate cheaters like Armstrong. Just seems to be a hugely different reaction. Maybe not race ... maybe ... um ... they just dont like the Giants.

      By the way, over 75% of Baseball players were using PEDs. You cannot be so naive to think it is just the 349 that have been caught thus far.

      If you read the Mtichell report, and the statements by dozens of baseball players, they estimate 75% were cheating.

      Nothing new – back in the days of Mays and Aaron likely 90% were cheating. Even Hammerin' Hank admitted doing speed.

      October 10, 2012 at 2:55 pm | Report abuse |
  6. erich2112x

    Armstrong = punk.

    October 10, 2012 at 2:29 pm | Report abuse |
  7. thetruth323

    IIf you doped and no one cared is it still doping?

    October 10, 2012 at 2:30 pm | Report abuse |
  8. TheOriginalMe

    leave the guy alone

    October 10, 2012 at 2:30 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Tbone

    They blame Obama, Obama blames Bush. Is one better than the other? Keep on topic.

    October 10, 2012 at 2:30 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Fed Up Average Taxpawer

    Why are taxpayers "on-the-hook" to support USADA? Where is the outcry to defund the agency in the light of such nonsense.

    The fraud, waste and abuse of taxpayer dollars at the USADA needs to be investigated!

    October 10, 2012 at 2:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tbone

      Very true, get rid of the USADA, Sly could probably use more money in his government check!

      October 10, 2012 at 2:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • sly

      Ho ho ho ... bring on the checks!

      Funny, I'll bet you weren't saying the same thing during the 8 years of failed government effort to prove Bonds did PED's.

      Hmmm .... wonder why?

      October 10, 2012 at 2:46 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Phast

    Lance Armstrong is and always will be one of the greatest sports figures of all time. The USADA is a joke. Don't test athletes if you don't have the sophistication to determine drug use. All of us that have ever competed are with you Lance.

    October 10, 2012 at 2:31 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Stacey

    Fuc* USADA!!!

    October 10, 2012 at 2:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • martin jacobs

      Prays the Lord, I may not really mean it in a religious way, but come to think of it, both ways will work.

      October 10, 2012 at 2:40 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Emile_Mervin

    Of all the sports disciplines in America, cycling has to be at the bottom of the pack, so all this news by the USADA about banning Lance Armstrong based on testimonies, is a waste of our time. Anyway, I join others in awaiting the EVIDENCE; not testimonies of those who admitted to doping. Meanwhile, I subscribe to the call for every USADA official to be randomly tested for substance abuse, because they have to be smoking or injecting some type of crap to feel the need for such publicity!

    October 10, 2012 at 2:32 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Timmy

    In my mind, he is innocent. Wll they come after me for thinking so? In this country, anything is possible.

    October 10, 2012 at 2:32 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Thomas Rendina

    If they're all cheating, than is it really cheating?

    October 10, 2012 at 2:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • iwillrun2016

      no it's not. either you are superman and find no need to do the drugs or you are just a dope. yes, pun intended.

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