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. Stephenq

    I say its all hogwash. They have been trying for years to get him. Plenty of time to make crap up.

    I will never believe them. LANCE RULES- the frechies just cant take the embarrassment.

    October 10, 2012 at 2:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • hecep

      Uhh, you do realize that it's the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency - not the French - that's going after Armstrong, don't you?

      October 10, 2012 at 3:05 pm | Report abuse |
  2. BigBrotherObama

    You are guilty until you can prove yourself innocent in Obama's Amerika

    October 10, 2012 at 2:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • hecep

      You sound as if you're brain-damaged. Or a troll. Or both.

      October 10, 2012 at 3:07 pm | Report abuse |
  3. ex-Cyclist

    This is all so stupid. The emergence of EPO in the Peleton conincides with the end of LeMond's career. For reference, LeMond had the second highest ability to hold oxygen in his blood of any athlete every tested. The euros were scarred that LeMond was just the begining of an influx of heavy breathers from America and from the top down, UCI, the Tour everyone they promoted EPO as a way of equalizing the advantage held by athletes with high Max Vo2 levels. This is all so stupid.

    October 10, 2012 at 2:55 pm | Report abuse |
  4. truthincycling

    HAHA! to all you LA fanboys out there.

    Blind Lance supporters – even those that have been drinking the yellow Kool-Aid for so long – will have to finally admit that Lance doped and is a liar and a cheat.

    Now all those supporters will try to gloss over his misdeeds and tell you how much he has done for cancer research. Even that is a lie! Liestrong has not donated to cancer research since 2005 and has only donated 5% of donations to research.

    LIESTRONG! – keep wearing your foolish yellow bands!

    October 10, 2012 at 2:56 pm | Report abuse |
  5. x


    ~ Barry Bonds

    October 10, 2012 at 2:56 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Michael

    So sad a lot of my heroes are frauds. At least i still have Michael Fay one of the Worlds last Explorer's

    October 10, 2012 at 2:57 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Jeff

    This is NOT a political issue. If he cheated, he cheated but was never caught. He may have violated the spirit of the rules but they never caught him. Does that make him wrong? I say it does and so do millions. Just fess up Lance. In America we tend to forgive very fast. If you didn't do anything wrong, then you fight to your death. Just pick the side you are on.

    October 10, 2012 at 2:59 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Holopupenko

    Cheating by an atheist (Armstrong)... are you kidding me? Is that possible? 😉

    October 10, 2012 at 2:59 pm | Report abuse |
  9. BradinOC

    USADA, thanks for the black eye. – America

    October 10, 2012 at 3:01 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Loretta

    Read whole article folks. It says it was "the most sophisticated, professionalized and successful doping program that sport has ever seen." Obviously Armstrong (and others) found a way to pass the tests and get away with it, repeatedly.

    October 10, 2012 at 3:01 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Jason

    1000 pages? What a waste of time. You could write a book on "doping" in 100 pages. Give me a break.

    October 10, 2012 at 3:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • jeigh

      Why would you care about the number of pages? You didn't have to put them together.

      October 10, 2012 at 3:15 pm | Report abuse |
  12. MrApplesauce

    You can't prove your innocence when the people you are fighting will never believe you and don't accept their own testing as evidence.

    October 10, 2012 at 3:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • jeigh

      Armstrong deserves whatever he gets in the way of punishment and bad publicity. He let his then wife nurse him through ball cancer then divorced her. Great man he is!

      October 10, 2012 at 3:17 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Loretta

    Jason, I would applaud 10,000 pages if it starts putting these pigs out of sports.

    October 10, 2012 at 3:04 pm | Report abuse |
  14. toby

    I see Lance the fraud still has an army of sheep following him.......whAT IDIOTS

    October 10, 2012 at 3:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • j.d.

      the only idiots i see making comments are the ones who can't read. ever read lance flunked a drug test? no, didn't think so. until the usada shows PROOF that he failded a drug test, the people saying he is guilty are simply admitting they are morons.

      October 10, 2012 at 3:28 pm | Report abuse |
  15. kgbdk

    Even if Lance was innocent, do you honestly think that the doping agency would ever let him prove his innocence? They would release and even fabricate information to make things stick. Ask Barry Bonds if never testing positive and fighting charges made any difference at all in the court of public opinion. Lance did the smart thing in choosing to try to live his life without the circus that would have ensued with a trial where he was already considered guilty. Why would anyone participate in a pre-determined trial?

    October 10, 2012 at 3:05 pm | Report abuse |
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