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."

August 26, 2012: Armstrong: 'I'm more at ease now than I have been in 10 years'

August 24, 2012: Armstrong's statement about ending fight against charges

August 24, 2012: Armstrong's cancer foundation still strong

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. Loretta

    At last, a voice of intelligent reason!!! Hooray for Justsayno.

    October 10, 2012 at 3:06 pm | Report abuse |
  2. dotheflippin'math

    Gee, you mean his testicular cancer wasn't caused by wearing those tight biking shorts? Who would have thunk it? Amazing how he and so many of his fans are in complete denial. Wake-up, and smell the 'roids people. The trick is/was to find enhancing chemicals that either were not yet on the list, or could be easily hidden. Explaining why you have the testosterone level of three 8th-grade boys combined, at age 35, is a bit more difficult. Who do these people think they are, baseball players?

    October 10, 2012 at 3:08 pm | Report abuse |
  3. toby

    Wow....11 count them 11 former team members have testified against him. Still not enough for the sheep.

    October 10, 2012 at 3:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • Soap Dishford

      Yet, he passed over 500 drug tests. I guess human's can't lie but drug test can.

      October 10, 2012 at 3:23 pm | Report abuse |
  4. meggafish

    money out of sports. money out of politics. simple

    October 10, 2012 at 3:15 pm | Report abuse |
  5. pat

    There is no proof.
    A great man is being destroyed.
    SHame on the USA for allowing this to happen.
    Lance has given a million times more than he took.
    A new and impartial organization needs to be created to objectively determine if athletes are doping.

    October 10, 2012 at 3:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • sly

      I totally agree there is NO proof.

      Same with Sandusky – a great man convicted without 1 shred of evidence.

      Also those 2 Washington DC snipers – no proof there either.

      Not to mention the injustice plied on poor Richard Nixon ... after all, he told us "I am not a Crook'!

      October 10, 2012 at 3:22 pm | Report abuse |
  6. pat

    PS His winning after cancer was due to his weight loss.

    October 10, 2012 at 3:19 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Dgiharris

    You pass 500+ drug tests however we will pronounce you "guilty" when we coerce people who were jealous of you into admitting that they saw you cheat??? This witch hunt is beyond ridiculous. Glad to see the same logic that enabled the Spanish Inquisition and Salem Witch Trials is still alive and kicking today...

    October 10, 2012 at 3:21 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Middletown

    He must be conservative, based upon the vitriol on this thread.
    He over come cancer to become a winner,
    he passed over 500 random and surprise drug tests with 0 evidence.
    Even under 24 hour surveillance before races.
    yet for some on this thread, the govt says so, therefore it must be.

    October 10, 2012 at 3:22 pm | Report abuse |
  9. toby

    Baaaaaaaaaaa...Baaaaaaaaaaaaa look at all of Lances sheep.

    October 10, 2012 at 3:27 pm | Report abuse |
  10. founders1791

    DON'T BELIEVE A THING until the report comes out to see if '...the claim...' has any merit

    PROOF is more than words on a piece of paper

    He PASSED 500 TESTS "during the races"

    October 10, 2012 at 3:31 pm | Report abuse |
  11. sly

    His head looks like a melon – the bike helmet sits up on top like a top hat.

    Clear evidence of doping.

    At least that's what I've read on these blogs for years.

    (Like any of us really doubt he cheated anyway...)

    October 10, 2012 at 3:31 pm | Report abuse |
  12. laserblast92

    I guess we know why he lost his nuts now. Was it worth it?

    October 10, 2012 at 3:33 pm | Report abuse |
  13. USADA is un-American

    Way to kill off an American hero with little evidence, many years after the fact, by an organization that wasn't even around when Lance raced. Way to kill off the sport of cycling at the same time. The USADA must be run by an Obama Czar because they're putting the boot to the throat of Lance.

    October 10, 2012 at 3:35 pm | Report abuse |
  14. FLPhotoCatcher

    This CNN news article seems to have been written in such a way to make commenters side with Lance. Calling the USADA, "a quasi-government agency" tends to make conservatives, like myself, doubt their results. But I have no reason to. And the fact that Lance stopped fighting the charges makes me think that he is guilty. The 1000 page report will be interesting to see.

    So many people these days have a childish view of it, like the person who said, "who cares, it's cycling. They ALL cheat, Lance included." So, if we all do it, it's automatically OK?

    If you are an honest conservative, you should support the investigation, and hope that all those who doped are banned. Cheaters only block the honest athletes from success. Overall, cheating favors liberals and atheists.

    October 10, 2012 at 3:37 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Luke

    The difference between here and Europe is that there they don't crucify their cycling stars for something that everyone is already doing. It is quite evident if you read between the lines that EVERYONE over there (and Armstorng over here) is gaming the system. He was passing all the tests like everyone else, because they all know how to game that too. Since he did pass all the *official* tests, then he is clean – offiicially. The statements released by this "USADA" this "quasi-governmental" body, are overwrought, and bespeak a concerted effort to permanently smear the legacy of one individual. These is not the detached, measured, objective, tone of a legitimate oversight committee.

    October 10, 2012 at 3:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rhee Cycle


      A few of us are still not interested in becoming like Europe, despite Obama's effort to mimic it. So the Europeans cheat, we should be like them? They're a dying culture. Let them have their tainted metals.

      October 10, 2012 at 3:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • Luke

      The other aspect of this is, that the European oversight mechanism for testing and so forth is maintained strictly as a formality and for appearances, because frankly, none of these people care about any of this. The USDA has an agenda to change sport of cycling worldwide, and as noble as that endeavor may or may not be - what place is it of there's to attempt that. Its overreaching, just all like all their public statements about Lance Armstrong.

      October 10, 2012 at 3:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • Luke

      Sorry, USADA.

      October 10, 2012 at 3:56 pm | Report abuse |
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