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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  1. wealthcoaches

    So, they've already sanctioned him, and Lance has said he isn't going to fight anymore. What good does it serve to release "evidence" against him? Are they now attempting to "try this case" in the public arena? Lance has maintained for a long time that they have an agenda to destroy his reputation – and it now appears that this is true. I can see no other reason for releasing "evidence" into the public domain. If he has done anything wrong (which they claim he has), then they have (arguably) the right to sanction him for it, which they have done. If he's done anything ILLEGAL, they can turn the evidence over to the proper authorities to have him charged. This is just harassment, plain and simple.

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

      just think he is a Lib. but once angain made the Frnch made.

      October 10, 2012 at 12:54 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Whegiveup

    I am on the fence with this guy. Maybe he did, maybe he didn't. But if he truly is innocent, then why give up the fight so late in the game? I would think that many people would fight till the very end and call the bluff of the USADA.

    The only other reason must be that he and his attorney's know that they will make their case either way and he won't be able to compete so what's the point of continuing the fight? The fact that there is not a positive test has to be considered but then again, if it truly was all about covering up for Lance, who knows to what extent they went to mask his use. Lots of questions, not many answers.

    October 10, 2012 at 12:51 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Not an Armstrong Fan

    As my name suggests, I am most definitely NOT an admirer of Lance Armstrong or his ego. No matter what his foundation may be doing for cancer, I don't like him as a person. I think he's arrogant.

    That being said, why is this information being released? Lance has already said he wasn't fighting the charges anymore, so there should have been NO reason to release this information. If anything, this information should have been released to Lance and his representatives, not the public. Personally, I think this goes beyond a witch hunt, which is what I previously thought. I think they are deliberately trying to ruin the man AND his image.

    As a quasi-government agency, who do these people answer to? Anyone? Or are they free to say and do whatever they please, with absolutely no consequences?

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

      The Agency is trying to justify blowing it's entire government funding on trying to take one man down. And Armstrong never admitted guilt, he admitted to giving up on harassment a year after he retired. I personally would not want the HR dept of my work calling me up a year into retirement to come in for a drug test.

      October 10, 2012 at 12:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • Winterer

      Because this isn't just about Lance.

      This is against many riders and the USPS team.

      Lance not testifying is just a part of a much bigger case against professional cycling.

      That's why.

      October 10, 2012 at 12:59 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Anomic Office Drone

    Hopefully this puts an end to the outlandish portrayals of Armstrong as a victim.

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

      No. more likely this will put an end to an illegitimate government agency ( I know, "illegitimate gov agency" is an oxymoron, they're all illegitimate!)

      October 10, 2012 at 2:15 pm | Report abuse |
  5. leveltheplaying field

    Level the playing field, make doping legal and free.

    October 10, 2012 at 12:52 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Andrew Dovin

    I am calling for the permanent shutting down of USADA.

    October 10, 2012 at 12:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • Niwrad

      "Cheat Strong!"

      October 10, 2012 at 1:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • mac


      October 10, 2012 at 2:46 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Jeff

    The 154th place finisher in each of those races have been declared the official winner.

    I don't even consider doping cheating in bike racing. There is no advantage to it since you need it to stay even.

    October 10, 2012 at 12:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • Winterer

      I don't consider you intelligent...

      October 10, 2012 at 1:00 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Winterer

    Ignorant LA supporters out in force as don't have a single clue between you.

    October 10, 2012 at 12:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bob

      Cool, you don't have any hard evidence.

      October 10, 2012 at 1:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jonathan

      and you don't have any evidence ...yet. Let's see what their evidence has to say

      October 10, 2012 at 2:33 pm | Report abuse |
  9. jim

    They should just have a Dopeolympics. You can do as many drugs as you want. Seriously who cares? People use all kinds of drugs all the time. It's not cheating, it's utilizing modern biotechnology.

    October 10, 2012 at 12:53 pm | Report abuse |
  10. duuhhh

    You can't even finish the Tour without cheating and that is a fact. In fact, you can't even compete at a high amateur level with any success without cheating in cycling. All sports are like that: Football, basketball, and baseball players never test positive but all obviously do massive amounts of steroids. Heck even women's amateur speed walking is filled with cheaters.

    October 10, 2012 at 12:53 pm | Report abuse |
  11. danny

    I for one will never watch the 'Tour' again and hope that all American Sponsors dropout and let the french finance it all by themselves.

    October 10, 2012 at 12:53 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Agrav8td

    So why are they just focusing on Armstrong? When are they going after MLB players?? They should have a field day there.

    October 10, 2012 at 12:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • CNNuthin

      It is the American Government Agencies way of doing things. Never admit you are wrong. Never admit you wasted all your funding on trying to take down one man. You admit that and next year your funding is cut in half. It is all about money for the USADA right now.

      October 10, 2012 at 12:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • Karl

      What about body builders? they obviously take a myriad of drugs

      October 10, 2012 at 4:16 pm | Report abuse |
  13. HDiddy

    Hey, Apologists – you're about to find out just how it's possible that they could prove his guilt, after he skated around them for so many years. 1,000 pages worth. It's about time this guy finally got nailed down. Anyone still believing he was clean is blind anyway. Here's all you need to know – in a sport that is about 90% effort and 10% skill, and one that is riddled with PEDs and doping, he completely dominated for many years, and claimed to be clean. Please.

    October 10, 2012 at 12:54 pm | Report abuse |
  14. achepotler

    I don't think it make a difference to the drooling hero-worshipers who can;t believe their idol is a liar and cheat...just like the way they stick with Sandusky and Paterno.

    October 10, 2012 at 12:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jonathan

      Really bad analogy. Sandusky is a convicted child rapist. Lance is "alleged" to have done some doping, which by the way, is not the same as the sterioid abuse in baseball or football.

      huge difference between them.

      October 10, 2012 at 2:29 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Tom

    It was the only way he could compete with the rest of the dopers in the field.

    90% or more of those cyclists were doping, no doubt.

    October 10, 2012 at 12:54 pm | Report abuse |
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