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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What if you were a clean racer in the Tour de France? Wouldn't you want justice done? With all the doping, it might have been that you were the top racer that did not dope.
I can see a movie about it now... "Dave Cobb of Edge Hill, Georgia consistently finished nearly last in the Tour de France. But when all the other racers were found to have doped, he suddenly found himself the champion! ..."
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Show me the 1,000 pages and there better not be 1 person who has pled guilty to their own failures in those pages or it is called "bullying a witness" for a testimony.
Hincapie, Leipheimer, Van de Velde. These guys don't have an 'axe to grind'
I don't need a 1000 pages of evidence. I need one page of proof.
I will never believe that Lance Armstrong did anything wrong when he was cycling and beyond. I think it was a witch hunt and they sought him out because he attained a level of greatness that is immeasurable.
Saying you will never believe means you have completely shut off your mind from everything but what you want to believe. The truth doesn't matter to you. An open mind makes way for any possibility including innocence or guilt. You're like a child that sticks its fingers in its ears and goes nananananna over and over, so they don't have to deal with reality.
It's not the crime, it's the cover-up.
Lance never learned this lesson. If he had just admitted it after he had retired, none of this would be happening. Now he's in trouble and can expect an avalanche of lawsuits to recoup money paid to him based on a reputation he gained by cheating. I hope he makes it through this and can find some peace, but for now he's gotta pay the piper.
It appears the USADA is a laughing band of incompetent fools. Armstrong's actions are a separate matter. This agency has failed to properly convict this athlete & appears to be resorting to every possible option to discredit him without actually doing their jobs. Time to ban this agency!
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USDA is bought and payed for by the 1%! Lances only crime is that he doesn't make enough to bury the USDA...
Are you Americans happy about this nonsense? What a waste of time and resources. A personal vendetta, I suspect, by some self-important nobody ...
George Hairston says:
October 10, 2012 at 4:12 pm
No one cares. True story.
^ THIS ^
Proof is in the pudding, where's the urine? Blood? What is the evidence, papers? We shall see.
He said, she said bull crap. Seems to be an organized group of 5 year olds running USADA. Thanks for wasting money
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if i just keep on lying long enuff, then maybe some poor fools will begin to believe me. sounds like a good strategy.
I want a new bike.
Thank You USADA. Now i don't have to waste my time on cycling events. Whats the point if anyone wins today the results will come out 5 yrs later followed by statement " testing procedures were not advanced". LMAO
Yea .. why conduct such events when you can't guarantee that the race is fair and its not like they came out with this within a year its more over 6yrs.