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. mcskadittle

    I love how they waited until he retired, US Cycling milked Armstrong for all he was worth until there was nothing left and drove the bus over him

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

    Should the federal authorities arrest him for trafficking? Maybe he should be on the FBI's most wanted list. Is he the head of the infamous Tour De France Cartel? I can't wait for this story to be over, because the Olympic sports arena and all the little atheletes are all part of a money making machine and the spirit of the game is definitely gone. This all has been dragged on so long it is an embarrassing investigation. One if true, how incompetent this watch group is that it took years to prove, and two if not true, then how incompetent this watch group is, and a waste of money they are spilling to prove their existence has merit.

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

      Leave Lance alone. He fought cancer, he won championships. Have a heart, and respect for his achievements. I LIKE LANCE!

      October 10, 2012 at 1:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • jah

      They may do that if the evidence is good, Marion Jones went to jail for doping too.

      October 10, 2012 at 2:40 pm | Report abuse |
  3. joe jones

    Funny. Good one. I noticed that too.

    People claim to hate Fox yet I seem to have to go there to get any real news.

    October 10, 2012 at 12:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jonathan

      Fox? Real news? That was a joke–correct?

      October 10, 2012 at 2:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • steven harnack

      No, you have to go there to get "news" that conforms to your preconceived notions. Facts don't change.

      October 10, 2012 at 2:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • j0eschm0e

      lol right on

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

      True, CNN has had this story front page all day while there is a hearing on why our AMB to Libya was killed. I guess I need to change my homepage. Crazy!

      October 10, 2012 at 4:50 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Susie

    His doping program was soo successful even we cant prove it

    October 10, 2012 at 12:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jonathan

      or he didn't really do it. He's been tested more than any other athlete, nothing found. Yet we're to believe that he has a way, that no other cyclist knows of (odds?), to cheat the system.

      This whole thing started with a low level, nobody IRS agent who had a mission to bring Lance down (as he did with BALCO). The govt was embarrassed last time and it smells of revenge

      October 10, 2012 at 2:32 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Siena

    I don't know...After all these years, why is he now being busted? I mean, you'd think after winning all the races he has, that he'd have been tested to the extreme. To my knowledge, nothing came of it. And yet now, all of a sudden, there's new evidence that he was doping? I'm not an Armstrong fan, but it doesn't exactly add up that all of a sudden there's a new burst of evidence against him.

    October 10, 2012 at 12:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • mdm123

      Actually, you should do some research. The methodology of doping is always ahead of the ability to catch cheaters because the regulatory bodies have to figure out which of the many ways the athlete chose to cheat. All the athletes who used BALCO methods were later caught. Some of the ways the cheaters operate are very sophisticated and it may be years later when a test is finally discovered to determine with great accuracy what had been done years before.

      October 10, 2012 at 1:04 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Darw1n

    That story has been front page on CNN all morning

    October 10, 2012 at 12:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • Niwrad

      Cheat Strong

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

      It's Cycling, EVERYONE dopes!!!!! LOL @ anyone thinking that Lance or any other elite cyclist was or is clean. I don't lose sleep over athletes doping either way but yeah the blind defending of Lance is pretty bad. Yeah he was doping but so was everyone else and he still won 7 TDFs.

      October 10, 2012 at 1:55 pm | Report abuse |
  7. The Janissaire

    Actually, I think this is a brilliant move by Armstrong – to stop fighting them. Now that everyone has said their piece and presented all the "evidence" Armstrong is now in the position to sue them for Defamation of Character, Slander and Liable. The "evidence" can thus be weighed by a jury for what it is and if they find that it's not "evidence" Armstrong wins again!

    October 10, 2012 at 12:56 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Andrew Dovin (I love Lance Armstrong)

    I would love nothing more than to confront the people who run USADA and give them a piece of my mind.

    October 10, 2012 at 12:56 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Miga

    Does it even matter what a good doper he was? Don't they all dope? Isn't that one of the pre-reqs of being a professional athlete?

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


    FUNNY TO SEE PEOPLE STILL SUPPORTING this cheater, this thug................

    I could only imagine the comments out here if he was BLACK. LMAO

    October 10, 2012 at 12:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jonathan

      Stop race baiting. You're pathetic.

      This has nothing to do with race. And calling him a thug? Really? Do you even know what a thug is?

      THUG definition: a brutal ruffian; ganster

      October 10, 2012 at 2:37 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Jackie Gleeson

    A better example of "American exceptionalism" one will not find. USAUSAUSAUSA

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

    i still believe in you lance. they just have to get someone to pick to them

    October 10, 2012 at 12:57 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Charles

    Just another dirty little witch hunt by a bureaucrats.

    October 10, 2012 at 12:57 pm | Report abuse |
  14. jorge washinsen

    How would you like to be tried for the same charge every year of your life and after 5 years a bunch of meatheads finally say they found dope?Does not say much for all the money spent on such ineptness.How the hell do we know now the accusers are right?

    October 10, 2012 at 12:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • mdm123

      You may be surprised to understand that those "meatheads" are doctors and scientists who study these sophisticated cheating scandals. Let me ask you a question: do you feel the same way when a murder occurs and it takes the crime investigators years to find the person who committed the crime because they kept digging and found forensic evidence such as a DNA match and the criminal is brought to justice?

      October 10, 2012 at 1:08 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Mammy

    I'd hit that!

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