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. Gwats

    Wow...better call Romney more liar on his staff couldn't hurt!

    October 10, 2012 at 3:42 pm | Report abuse |
  2. John Johnson

    So Armstrong used drugs. So did all the other top; riders and he beat them all. Either let him keep his Tour de France trophies or boot France for letting drugs run rampant in "their" race. Case closed.

    October 10, 2012 at 3:42 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Logic

    It's so simple people. In an event where evryone is doping, whoever wins is still the best. It means of the 100s doped cyclists Lance came on top, he was the best period.

    October 10, 2012 at 3:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sean

      No, it means whoever has the most money to hire the doctor with the most effective cheating regiman wins. Ferrari was the best, Lance, et al, got their money's worth and a whole lot more as it turns out.

      October 10, 2012 at 8:00 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Dave

    Some of Lance's die-hard admirers are acting like Penn State football fans – unwilling to admit their hero is a FRAUD.

    October 10, 2012 at 3:43 pm | Report abuse |
  5. AnIndepentent

    Seems under OBAMA every story is one of yet another story of Americas Fall from Grace.

    The OBAMAnation is a nation of no morals. It is truly a nation rudderless, without a leader.

    All these stories are depressing.. but to see OBAMA for the first time challenged and to see by OBAMA's own performance how clueless, lazy and incompetent he is.... Americans grasp just how important leadership is and how tragic 4 years of a Nation with no rudder to guide it the outcome has been.

    October 10, 2012 at 3:43 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Rhee Cycle

    Armstrong is a lying fool. Who is he kidding? He doesn't even claim to have been dope free. He's playing lawyer's tricks with the "no physical evidence" defense. Let's see if he'll take a lie detector test and state that he hasn't doped. He won't do it.

    He has the audacity to play martyr now, as the persecuted victim. What a pathetic human being.

    October 10, 2012 at 3:44 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Robert Sciolino

    Yes, more successful at keeping a fifteen year old complex secret involving dozens of people secret than hundreds of years of Mafia collaborations. Non one leaked and bodies were buried. yep...that's just what happened. he's bigger than the Cosa Nostra...go ahead run with that! How pathetic. This is laughable beyond laughing and only armchair cynics and poor losers would believe it. Where is the substantial detailed proof? It won't exist. Period. That's why hearsay is not used in court and why the Justice Department dropped all charges months ago. it sheer deterrent scamming and a larger fraud than the alleged fraud. Obviously.

    October 10, 2012 at 3:44 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Just a Citizen

    OBAMA has been proven to be a Hoax

    Lance Armstrong has been proven to be a Hoax

    Its the "leaders" who set the norm.

    How sad.

    October 10, 2012 at 3:47 pm | Report abuse |
  9. The Truth

    Really! The bottom line is if he used he is a cheater and should be stripped of all wins. Perhaps they should just have opnenly accepted perfomance enhanced sports to seperate the true talent and the cheaters. I wonder which group would be more accepted??

    October 10, 2012 at 3:50 pm | Report abuse |
  10. CM46

    I don't see why anyone cares. These feats are over and done with. It's Lance Armstrong that rode down the Champs d' Elysee in victory. No one can take those moments of triumph from him.

    October 10, 2012 at 3:50 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Name*tony

    its like this is personal between them and I want to tell them both to just go away and leave me alone.

    October 10, 2012 at 3:56 pm | Report abuse |
  12. What_the??

    Why only go after cycling? Why not go after Football, Basketball, Baseball, etc.... Why not conduct the same level of testing that cyclists have to go through after every game or workout? I'm saying that Lance is guilty or not… But why cycling??? It’s one of the lowest paid professional sports?? The reason why is because of money that is goes into all businesses and cities to have their professional teams win..... image if the 2010 NFL Super bowl champions are disqualified for doping accusations… it would never happen! Because the NFL is to powerful to let it happen. The USDA would not have enough money to go after the NFL teams…

    October 10, 2012 at 3:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • TheNewWyatt

      You pretty much answered your own question, the NFL and MLB would laugh the USADA right out of their offices.

      October 10, 2012 at 4:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • Richelle

      Those are not Olympic sports, that's why (well except basketball, and the guys on the Olympic team certainly do have to undergo testing).

      October 10, 2012 at 9:41 pm | Report abuse |
  13. George Hairston

    No one cares. True story.

    October 10, 2012 at 4:12 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. The 1000 page report will be interesting to see.

    So many people these days have a perverted 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 and stripped of any medals. Cheaters only block the honest athletes from success.

    October 10, 2012 at 4:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mike

      They kept going after him, kept getting not guilty due to lack of having any actual evidence. Fourth time on trial for the same charges, isn't it? I wonder how much of those thousand pages detail non-evidence with no credibility as 'proof' since Lance is done playing with the kangaroo mock-court? The USADA is a joke, their ruling is a joke and their persecution of Lance Armstrong is nothing short of harassment.

      October 10, 2012 at 4:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • Michael

      Wow, managed to irrationally throw in conservative twice there, buddy! I often wonder what kind of mental damage someone must have, when they are obsessed with turning every little thing into a partisan political event. Get a grip already.

      October 10, 2012 at 8:54 pm | Report abuse |
  15. manny

    Yes you can dope and cover for 7 years. This was full scale, hi-tech plus some talk of test tip-offs

    October 10, 2012 at 4:22 pm | Report abuse |
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