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. Gary

    So, show the evidence. Don't tell us you have it, don't tell us how elaborate the cover-up is, show it to us. The Bush administration told us about hundreds of thousands of pages of classified information about Iraqi WMDs that didn't exist. Birthers tell us about hundreds of pages of evidence that Obama isn't an American citizen, yet we now he is. This looks and sounds like another conspiracy. If it isn't, show the evidence. Make sure it's concrete, make sure it's irrefutable and it had better not be here-say.

    October 10, 2012 at 12:58 pm | Report abuse |
  2. PigBodine

    Heresay, no matter how many times it is collected and repeated, is not evidence. That is especially so when the heresay is countered by extensive state of the art scientific chemical laboratory testing of his bodily fluids throughout the man's entire career, testing that consistently verified NO doping. Are our quasi tax dollars funding this quasi government agency? And who is paying the quasi witnesses?

    October 10, 2012 at 12:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • Elle

      Amen, Amen, and Amen!!!

      October 10, 2012 at 11:47 pm | Report abuse |
  3. David

    As a huge Yankees fan, I have one request of Armstrong. Would you PLEASE get with Arod, show him how to cheat, so we can get him back on the jiuce, and hitting again!

    The way he's hitting, God knows he needs it!

    October 10, 2012 at 12:58 pm | Report abuse |
  4. wasssup

    Just to ground everyone.. McGwire, Bonds and Clemens were all never found 'Guilty' of doping.
    The court of public opinion is stronger than anything!
    If we could really find out, im sure 99% of top athletes are on PEDs.

    October 10, 2012 at 12:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • MIke

      Do you remember the cyclist in the Tour a few years ago who was stung by a bee and his face swelled up treathening his life? He took an anti-histamine to reduce swelling and had to abandon the Tour since that drug was on the banned list. Guess it was better that he died riding with a swollen face. Maybe the UCI should provide a list of PED's that are approved along with future side effecrts and make the adults choose their poison. What a monumental waste of time this many years later and not even in this country.

      October 10, 2012 at 1:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • Evidence

      Cite the evidence supporting the statistics you posted. Nobody cares about the prejudices you have against athletes.

      October 10, 2012 at 1:08 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Pamela

    Are we shocked?

    October 10, 2012 at 12:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • Colin Morgan


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

      shocked at what? Nothing has changed. This agency has been after Lance for some time and he gave up spending money (limited resources) to fight this agency (unlimited resoruces).

      At least they are releasing their "evidence" and we can determine if they are full of you-know-what OR have substantial, hard evidence.

      October 10, 2012 at 2:39 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Andrew Dovin (I love Lance Armstrong a lot)

    I would love to meet you Lance Armstrong. Please come and visit the emerald coast of Florida. Shalimar is where I live. Its in Okaloosa country between Pensacola and Panama City. I have supported you 100%.

    October 10, 2012 at 12:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • mda

      Ditto! Does anyone (except terrorists) believe CNN or USADA???

      October 10, 2012 at 1:15 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Slopes

    Do they have nothing better to do with my hard earned money? Are there not drug dealers on the streets doping our children and citizens??? Who cares whether he did drugs or not, or did and never failed a test for it? I certainly don't! There are more important things to bring to the table than him!

    October 10, 2012 at 12:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • Pontly

      Good point. The Gov HAS NO reason to be involved in sports other than to perhaps regulate safety issues. Same with many moral issues. I'll run my life the way I want, aslong as I don't force anyone else. thats the problem with many republicans/consertivies. They say 'no more big gov", and 'get the gov out of our lives". Yet they constantly want to tell us who we should marry (or more like who we SHOULD'T marry) and telling a mother what to do with her unborn child.

      October 10, 2012 at 1:31 pm | Report abuse |
  8. weasel

    The majority of baseball records should be erased also.

    October 10, 2012 at 12:58 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Mike

    So the a USADA wants to strip him of his wins in the "Tour de France"? Last I checked the race happened in FRANCE so let France deal with this. Why the hell do we always need to get involved in affairs that have nothing to do with us. And who cares if he doped, like how does that affect the sad state that the US is in? Like when Barry Bonds wouldn't fess up to the congressional panel he got hit with perjury charges. Yet when Corzine lied about not knowing where he misplaced a few hundred million dollars, he walked away with a hand shake and a pat on the back. Now what affects us more a crooked banker stealing money or an athlete using steroids? Seriously this nation needs to get its crap in order.

    October 10, 2012 at 12:59 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Errr...

    Que American 3...2...

    October 10, 2012 at 12:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • racefan111

      It is either "cue" or "queue". And whining only has one "n".

      October 10, 2012 at 1:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • Steve O

      *Cue *whining

      October 10, 2012 at 1:08 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Tundra

    Just goes to show how fast they are at getting to the bottom of things. I do question why they are releasing this information? Did they already strip him of his wins and didn't he quit his appeals? Not sure why they have to release anything to the public. If they are going to go after criminal charges then they should hold that information until it has to be released.

    October 10, 2012 at 12:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • Danny

      This is a very good point that seems to have been overlooked.

      October 10, 2012 at 1:08 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Blah blah the wheel's off your trailer

    Hey right winger, since its a negative story, you can blame it on Obama.

    When gas prices go up, its Obama's fault, when it goes down, he had nothing to do with it.
    When the unemployment rate goes up, its Obama's fault, when it goes down, he had nothing to do with it.
    When OBL was continuing to threaten America, it was Obama's fault, but when Obama got Osama, he had nothing to do with it.
    When democracy was brought to Libya, Obama had nothing to do with it and we were leading from behind but when our consulate was attacked, its because Obama armed the rebels.

    Don't complain, after all you can blame Lance doping on Obama.

    October 10, 2012 at 1:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • John D.

      your post is very funny. thank you. i needed that.

      October 10, 2012 at 1:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • allen paige

      hey ... blah

      gas prices have only gone up since your emperor took charge.

      October 10, 2012 at 1:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • ag

      The only reason gas prices were so low was due to the global recession that occurred under a Republican President. Let's keep in mind that the highest gas prices ever in the US were when a Republican was in office.

      October 10, 2012 at 1:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • barbraS

      I remember them being higher during Bush, if I want to think like you do. How exactly does the President control gas prices, by the way?

      October 10, 2012 at 2:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • barbraS

      I remember them being higher during Bush, if I want to think like you do. How exactly does the President control gas prices, by the way? And by "emperor", I assume you mean elected by the people.

      October 10, 2012 at 2:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • Boo

      So get off your fat derriere and walk.

      October 10, 2012 at 4:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • rho1953

      Hey, Wing Nut. When Bush was president you blamed him for four dollar gas. And it was very short lived, remember? We were back under two dollars very quickly. Now Obama has given us permanent four dollar gas. It IS his fault. And the death of the Libyan ambassador IS his fault. He was warned and did nothing. He refused to give him extra security. A complete failure as president.

      October 10, 2012 at 1:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • Clearhead

      @ rho1953 - Hey r, cut oslima a little slack. We think that during his 'Common Sense 101' class (in 2011), he was in an important conference on the back 9, so understandably he had to select the more important of the two activities..

      October 10, 2012 at 1:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • rick

      Quit whining. That is how Bush was treated but worse. That is how U.S. politics works you whiner.

      October 10, 2012 at 1:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • ldsknack

      uh, when have gas prices gone down under O? Why are we paying price based on speculation at the pump while the price of oil is STILL less than $120 a barrel, (which would have caused fuel to reach almost $2.00 in the previous admin)? Oh, and the over 500 blood and urine tests that Armstrong took both during his races and in the off season, at random, and administered by the usada, which he passed. No body can dope and have masking agent in their system 24/7/365 for 7 years. Get real. and learn something about how domestic and foreign policy works.....

      October 10, 2012 at 1:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • Whatever


      Get out of mommy & daddy's basement for a change. Time to step up and support yourself.

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

      You have got to be kidding me!! Where have you been? You paint Obama as the poor victim! You havent heard the "blame it on Bush" for almost 4 years now. Trust me. Obama is protected very well by the liberal media. They will protect him at any cost!!

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

      whatever, as long as I don't have to hear about how its Bush's fault anymore.

      October 10, 2012 at 1:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • Nick

      I think you pretty much summed it up. Funny thing is, you are trying to be sarcastic and instead have given a lucid, accurate summary of the Obama presidency. Obama is the WORST PRESIDENT EVER.

      October 10, 2012 at 1:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • jboHDrider

      Way to turn everything into an idiotic political statement. Go troll somewhere else.

      October 10, 2012 at 2:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • Oldgamer56

      Oh, Obummer had lots to do with the employment numbers going down. When you continue to stop counting the number of people out of work for more than a certain time, the percentages go down. Real unemployment (U6) is around 16%.

      Plus I trust a bunch of people that will be out of a job in a couple months if they can't deliver good news to their boss. Want to bet the number s will be quietly adjusted back above 8% after the election?

      October 10, 2012 at 2:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • poret

      You must be a NeoComm...claptrap garbage as a first line debate strategy. Is there any political ideology more discredited than collectivism/communism???

      October 10, 2012 at 2:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • Liberals

      Blah blah the wheel's off your trailer...... Your name speaks for its self.

      October 10, 2012 at 3:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • Name*kevin richard

      No pinhead, its Your Boy, that takes credit where others deserve, and its YOUR BOY, that never..ever takes redponsiboly for HIS FAILED administration.

      October 10, 2012 at 3:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • Lou

      Obama didn't bring democracy to Libya. He assisted with the overthrow of Ghadafi. Not the same thing. Conservative media was reporting just that. They also reported how the vacuum of power following his take down would result in fundamentalist Muslim extremist coming to power (primarily Muslim brotherhood). Same with Egypt. And guess what, it happened. The old regimes were not good, but if you plan on helping to throw them out, you need to make sure of what will replace them. There appears to have been not an ounce of consideration on that front. Or, perhaps he wanted it this way.

      October 10, 2012 at 3:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • richard

      hey left winger, when the last 4yrs have been a total failure, aren't u supposed to blame bush!
      waaw waaw get a waawabulance

      October 10, 2012 at 3:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • jack nichols

      It's all jobammas fault, we all know it. Why do you support sambo so? It sure makes you look like a stooge of colossal proportions

      October 10, 2012 at 3:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • greg

      What in the heck does this story have to do with whether someone is a rightwinger?? What is your point, dude? Not sure I follow.

      October 10, 2012 at 3:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • Gail G

      Can;t wait for the BIGGEST CHEAT EVER to be exposed – namely Barrack H Obama

      October 10, 2012 at 4:38 pm | Report abuse |
  13. jorge washinsen

    If you can't beat him badmouth him.He made a showing,the others were runnerups, and that will never change. Whiners should stay at home.

    October 10, 2012 at 1:00 pm | Report abuse |
  14. guest

    Lance Armstrong is alright in my books.

    October 10, 2012 at 1:00 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Benjamin

    These organizations are all just politics. Every single elite endurance sports team does this. They are all sophisticated, no more or less than Lances team. You have to dope just to even be able to compete these days. Lance beat everyone using the exact same tactics. If everyone is cheating than no one is cheating and they cancel each other out and Lance still crushed them all. Lance is still the greatest athlete EVER!

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