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. Howard

    Well you asked for it Lance! Now we'll know what a rotten bum you are.

    October 10, 2012 at 12:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • Majestic_Lizard

      Yes, what a rotton bum to have contributed millions of dollars to cancer victims, cancer research, and orphanages. I'm sure all the lives he's saved will not matter compared to the fact that he juiced up (like every other athlete) in the Olympics.

      October 10, 2012 at 2:57 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Gabe Sturdevant


    Please inform me how the most tested man in the history of the sport or the olympics was able to fake more than 1500 tests. Given at random. Some when he was woken up to give. This man was under constant supervision from the agencys that do the testing. Shoot, on the tour, when they take pee breaks, they test them. Its very hard to fake.

    So the testimony of teammates makes him guilty? Oh wait, those teammates have doping scandals of their own.....

    October 10, 2012 at 12:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • bentelemon

      If you read any of the books by admitted dopers, you will learn how it is not really that hard to evade detection

      October 10, 2012 at 12:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • Synthetically Thought...

      Why not wait for the forthcoming results as the article states? Geesh!

      October 10, 2012 at 12:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • azdave

      Lance took steroids before they had good tests for it. He took EPO before they had good tests for it and the masking agents that were used to hide it. He blood doped (look it up) with his own blood before they developed methods to catch it (it still isn't easy). Some of his older urine samples kept on file were later found to contain EPO once the tests got better. I followed pro cycling for over 20 years and Lance did some great things for the sport, not to mention all the things he has done for cancer research and awareness, but all of you Lance believers are in for a very rude shock. On the bike he was the worst doper in pro sports.

      October 10, 2012 at 1:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • ag

      Barry Bonds never tested hot – but we all know he juiced his brains out.

      October 10, 2012 at 1:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • Deiter

      I'm not sure how good the information of a admitted doper is going to be as far as what allows you to get away with it... those admitted dopers are only admitting it because whatever method they used didn't work.

      October 10, 2012 at 2:36 pm | Report abuse |
  3. mlr

    who cares.... who runs the usda – french cyclists? any other american icons we want to tear down?

    October 10, 2012 at 12:43 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Toast n Butter

    USADA sounds and acts like a terrorist organization..............

    October 10, 2012 at 12:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • bentelemon

      Yes, that's true; they will probably be blowing up airplanes next.

      October 10, 2012 at 12:50 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Larry

    The French could handle him winning all those years so a fake system was set in place to get him.

    October 10, 2012 at 12:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • skookumchuck

      It was the USA that took him down, not the French,

      October 10, 2012 at 2:00 pm | Report abuse |
  6. dbdy

    Don't these people know that a heart larger than average, in Lance's case from what I have heard, should perform better. The only drug he had was being born with a larger than average heart. All the other riders are just extremely jealous of Lance's condition and the USADA will have none of it.

    October 10, 2012 at 12:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • bentelemon

      Lance ... is that you? Anyway, Lance is no doubt an amazing physical specimen, and extremely hard worker; but that doesn't mean he didn't use PED's.

      October 10, 2012 at 12:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • azdave

      You really should research pro cycling before you make such ignorant comments. Lance does indeed have a larger than normal heart and lung capacity, but not enough to warrant the results he got. Unlike you, I actually followed pro cycling very closely for a long time, and the objective evidence that he doped throughout his career is overwhelming ... not to mention the sworn testimony of about ten of his prior team mates. EVERYBODY in pro cycling was doping, but Lance was the worst and most sophisticated of them all.

      October 10, 2012 at 1:12 pm | Report abuse |
  7. tmcw

    Lance cannot be deemed inspirational if he is dishonest. For all the peope with cancer he fills wih hope, there are at least as many dragged down by a win at all cost green light. Time for all to fess up if he is truly guilty, then move to instill hope.

    October 10, 2012 at 12:43 pm | Report abuse |
  8. sunspa1984

    it took this long to fabricate a story to show the most tested man in sports defied all odds and beat the tests everytime cuz he cheated. Yeah right! Are there that many sheeple out there that will believe in this witch hunt?
    You guys suck...plain and simple. Now get a life.

    October 10, 2012 at 12:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • Cedar Rapids

      unlike the sheeple that believe all these government agencies are lying and faking stuff and they refuse to believe it.

      October 10, 2012 at 12:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • Synthetically Thought...

      Concerned that someone may "burst your bladder" of LemmingAide?

      October 10, 2012 at 12:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • Patti

      Remember Marion Jones (Gold medals at Sydney) never failed a drug test either and denied it up until the evidence came out- she was made to hand back all the money she gained while using drugs.

      October 10, 2012 at 6:25 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Billy

    Sure he cheated if there is such thing as a clean professional athlete. There isn't in cycling or 100meter sprint that's for sure. The benifits of cheating way outdo the bad press for a few years, it fades. USADA is useless, yes this is a witch hunt, yes they strong armed others for evidence. Releasing info when there is no need to do so proves USADA people are as worthless as sewer rats.

    October 10, 2012 at 12:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tru Dat!

      Sewer rats are a vital part of our eco system.

      October 10, 2012 at 12:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • azdave

      Uhh ... if it is your job to catch dopers, how is it a witch hunt to doggedly go after the very worst doper in the history of pro sports??? What good would you be as an organization if all you did was go after the little guys that nobody knew about anyway?

      October 10, 2012 at 1:15 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Tru Dat!

    If you fly to the moon, you're allowed to dope. It's in the bible. It's dope.

    October 10, 2012 at 12:44 pm | Report abuse |
  11. max3333444555

    i agree with the person that said the report isnt needed, just the test results. its either a yes or a no and doesnt require a report that defends a supposition without the critical fact.

    October 10, 2012 at 12:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • kurtinco

      That is exactly what I was just saying. The heck with the report, show me the test results.

      October 10, 2012 at 12:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • Synthetically Thought...

      There are many folks who do not like "facts". It goes against their preferred choice. Witness current campaign. No amunt of information will satisfy folks like that

      October 10, 2012 at 12:55 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Data Center Connection

    Read Tyler Hamilton's book and you will have a whole different perspective on this thing. The federal governments' pursuit against him was canned when someone high up cancelled the entire program. Lance is personal friends with Bush so who know what happened. The case wasn't cancelled for lack of evidence. Will be interesting to read through all of their info.

    October 10, 2012 at 12:44 pm | Report abuse |
  13. DrDeeDot

    Sadly, when one puts so much heart and faith toward an individual, one is practically obligated to defend that individual to the bitter end. Defending that individual is a proxy for defending oneself, and one's decision to put that individual on a pedestal. That is the danger of hero worship.

    I do not know if Lance Armstrong is guilty or not. However, I do know that those who support him are at least partially motivated to support him because they do not want him to be guilty: if he is guilty, it would mean his fans had supported a cheater.

    October 10, 2012 at 12:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • midranger

      You posses a keen sense of the obvious.

      October 10, 2012 at 12:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • Andrew

      Very well said – an indefatigable commentary that stands irrespective of Lance's guilt or innocence. Thank you!

      October 10, 2012 at 12:55 pm | Report abuse |
  14. mor31

    This article has no real information. Why don't you (CNN) scour "more than 1000 pages" of supposed evidence and summarize it ? Nothing convincing about this allegation yet, and no news.

    October 10, 2012 at 12:44 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Austin

    Wow this is breaking news really? Thanks U.S. Anti-Doping Agency you are really solving the world's problems here. Way to drag out the dead horse and give it another beating. You are true heroes.

    October 10, 2012 at 12:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • Winterer

      Yeah who cares about the hundreds of millions of dollars earned through fraud.......... who cares about a sport ruined by cheats.

      If YOU don't care about it...... go somewhere else.

      October 10, 2012 at 12:48 pm | Report abuse |
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