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. Fred

    If Lance really did run the most professional doping program in the world, perhaps he should be hired to run the anti-doping program. I mean, if the guy is so good at cheating, he should be pretty good at catching cheaters.

    October 10, 2012 at 12:45 pm | Report abuse |
  2. The Film Professor

    EVERYBODY in this sport cheats. I still say Lance is the greatest athlete I have ever seen, in the toughest sport in the entire world. Tear down one guy, you need to tear them all down.

    October 10, 2012 at 12:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • Winterer

      That's what they are doing...... 11+ riders so far.

      IS that hard to understand?

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

    hey look honey boo boo and family show ......and everybody forgets this

    October 10, 2012 at 12:45 pm | Report abuse |
  4. cycle list

    Read Tyler Hamilton's book. They were all cheating. Anyone contending for a stage race was cheating. They still cheat. If you think the guy who won the Tour de France last year was clean, you're living in fantasy land.

    October 10, 2012 at 12:45 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Livestrong911

    What is 1000 pages of evidence?? Don't they mean testimony or proof? Evidence?? Where is it?? Are these just stories?

    October 10, 2012 at 12:45 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Josh

    No one has yet to convince me that this might all be the typical/expected side effects of his cancer treatment.

    I know one would need to fill me with some really good drugs, before I would agree to castration.

    October 10, 2012 at 12:45 pm | Report abuse |
  7. sunspa1984

    Oh Howard...jealous much. Really a rotten bum. Watch out now, the sky is gonna fall you gullible fool.

    October 10, 2012 at 12:45 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Canadian Man

    If everyone was doing it, then they were all the same level, so he really won!! In all seriousness, it's hard to know who's cheating in sports and who isin't now a days. It's like everything else, they come up with a new test, a new drug will come out that they can't see in regular testing. The sad part, people lose interest in these sports because they just can't trust athletes anymore.

    October 10, 2012 at 12:45 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Larry

    and as far as a team mate how much did he get paid to say what he said because of he could not beat him:)

    October 10, 2012 at 12:45 pm | Report abuse |
  10. CNNuthin

    So, Media types out there. What is this Evidence?

    October 10, 2012 at 12:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • Winterer

      Go to USADA website and you can read all 1000 pages when it's released in full later today

      October 10, 2012 at 12:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • CNNuthin

      I thought it said 600 pages? And it looks like the site is overloaded right now. But shouldn't the media be reporting on the facts and not just putting eye catching headlines they may regret later?

      October 10, 2012 at 12:57 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Winterer

    I suggest you do some reading into the case

    October 10, 2012 at 12:46 pm | Report abuse |
  12. azdave

    Stupid comment. That's like saying it's OK to rob a bank if you don't get caught at it.

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

      Or, "it's OK to sneak into America since millions of others do it".

      October 10, 2012 at 1:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • KWS

      Or "it's OK to sneak into America because it's good for ME".

      October 10, 2012 at 1:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • Cigar Smoker

      No, "it's like" a friend telling the police you robbed a bank ten years ago and the police throw you in jail without any physical proof!

      October 10, 2012 at 1:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • Geff

      People don't rob banks...banks rob people. Get current

      October 10, 2012 at 2:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • ejl

      No, it's more like saying "if you cheat on your taxes you should go to jail."

      October 10, 2012 at 2:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • 6packmuscle

      It is ok to rob a bank if you don't get caught. I don't remember off the top of my head what the statue of limitations is on bank robberies.

      October 10, 2012 at 2:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mouth

      AzDave... um, it IS okay to rob a bank. Openly accepted, in fact. It is done daily with the only distinctions being WHO is robbing, and what tools they use to do it.

      October 10, 2012 at 2:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • imwithbusey

      Speaking of money ! How much did the USDA make from this investigation ? You've got to be delusional if you really think the USDA is out for the good of the sport. Football, Baseball NHL,and Basketball should be investigated then ( All players ) without the, " Heads Up" from managers or coaches.

      It will never happen ! A couple of suspensions here and there, just for appeasement purposes, and that's all we get.

      USDA is probably being taken care of . I wonder how much money they made for the 10 years hunting down Lance.

      Time to take a look. A Real Look !

      Ciao ! Mein !

      God Bless !

      October 10, 2012 at 2:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • h0nestabe

      The easiest way to rob a bank is to own one...

      October 10, 2012 at 2:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • Majestic_Lizard

      Actually, it is like saying it is NECESSARRY to do performance enhancing drugs if all of the other athletes are also doing it, because otherwise you cannot compete with them. It has nothing to do with stealing money from banks and that is a lame analogy.

      October 10, 2012 at 2:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • John Johnson

      The others did not get caught either, so the playing field was equal. Comprende?

      October 10, 2012 at 3:47 pm | Report abuse |
  13. jon

    "the most sophisticated, professionalized and successful doping program that sport has ever seen." The USADA desperately trying to pour on the drama! Losers.

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

      Nah...... the losers are all the riders who have now been banned due to this report..... and the sport of cycling of course.

      October 10, 2012 at 12:52 pm | Report abuse |
  14. aldana_miguel

    Who cares, move on!!!
    USADA just wants to justify the millions of $$$ that it collects.

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

      If you don't care about the hundreds of millions in tax payers money awarded to the USPS who earned it fraudulently then you can go elsewhere.

      October 10, 2012 at 12:52 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Cedar Rapids

    "Exactly what are your finding based one? The words of a convicted cheat? "

    well lets see what these 1000 pages of evidence is in order to answer your questions.

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

      Right after we see the evidence that Iran is building an atomic bomb.

      October 10, 2012 at 1:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • Deiter

      The problem with the evidence it in a court of law this would have been thrown out, which it was. The reasons are pretty clear. They have a lot evidence that shows he wasn't juiced during or after races. The only evidence they have is from other cyclists that were under threat of a lifetime ban if they didn't say he did it. Would you like to be convicted of murder when the video of the murder doesn't show you at the crime scene, where the only evidence against you is the testimony of someone else that has been told if you don't point your finger at him and say he did it we will give you the death penalty but if you go along with us we will give you 6 months of probation. That is what has happened here.

      I'm not a fan of Armstrong he an arrogant pr*&k if you ask me, but if at the end of the day you are going to discount all the evidence from blood and urine samples as being false negative... then why exactly are you bothering to do any testing in the first place?

      October 10, 2012 at 2:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • Patti

      I thought it was based on at least 11 former team mates and an ex girl friend's testimony.

      October 10, 2012 at 6:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • Patti

      11 of his team mates.

      October 10, 2012 at 9:49 pm | Report abuse |
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