Skip to comments.USADA has 1,000-page report on Lance Armstrong’s ‘sophisticated’ doping program
Posted on 10/10/2012 3:54:47 PM PDT by Uncle Chip
Lance Armstrong challenged the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency to name names and say what it had on him.
On Wednesday, it did.
The anti-doping body revealed a group of 11 former Armstrong teammates some loyal, some estranged who each provided evidence of drug use on the U.S. Postal Service team. USADA Chief Executive Travis Tygart called it the most sophisticated, professionalized and successful doping program that sport has ever seen.
USADA will deliver its reasoned decision against Armstrong later Wednesday, a summary of the facts it used to hand him a lifetime suspension and erase his titles. The organization has banned the seven-time Tour de France winner from competition for life and declared his victories null and void.
In a news release previewing the decision, Tygart said it would include more than 1,000 pages of evidence. He listed 11 of Armstrongs former teammates, including George Hincapie, Floyd Landis and Tyler Hamilton, as among those providing evidence that led to the sanction.
Tygart said the evidence shows the code of silence that dominated cycling has been shattered.
It took tremendous courage for the riders on the USPS Team and others to come forward and speak truthfully, he said. It is not easy to admit your mistakes and accept your punishment. But that is what these riders have done for the good of the sport.
Armstrongs attorney, Tim Herman, called the report a one-sided hatchet job a taxpayer funded tabloid piece rehashing old, disproved, unreliable allegations based largely on axe-grinders, serial perjurers, coerced testimony, sweetheart deals and threat-induced stories.
(Excerpt) Read more at suntimes.com ...
But, but Lance never failed a (easy to fool, behind the times) drug test!
We’re $16 Trillion in debt, guns are being run across the border (with a wink and a nod from the regime), our embassies are sacked abroad and the ambassador murdered and they are spending time and resources investigating Lance Armstrong to see if he beat drug tests 10-12 years ago? Somehow I think the priorities are askew.
For sure. I wonder how many millions of dollars the US spent chasing down these BS reports about Armstrong.
Meanwhile... nothing but crickets chirping when it comes to exposing the truths about Obama’s fraudelent past.
If every professional athlete in the world were drugged to the gills, what difference would it make? They’re entertainers. If they can entertain while on drugs, the fans are getting what they pay for.
Does Lance support Romney - this can be the only reason the USADA is going at him so hard.
He passes all the tests, like all other athletes, but somehow now he is getting nailed now ? Who did he piss off ?
He has an inspiring story....
You could cut-off whatever funds the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency gets, and never get any closer to exposing the truths about Obama’s fraudulent past.
I've been given to believe they save samples for rechecking in later-developed improved tests.
Have you heard otherwise?
Are you saying George Hincapie and 10 other team-mates are all liars? Face it, he doped. They all did. Basically everyone on every team did.
no, there are plenty of people and resources to investigate all sorts of things. the fact he’s lied about it all this time made more resources have to be spent proving he lied, so you can blame him for expending the resources you think ought to go to other things.
I have heard some of the samples have been re-tested under higher quality tests ad they’ve come back + .
Nothing but a personal witch hunt. A complete abuse of government power.
He’s a liar.
You just hit it dead center. Every team out there was doping, the best that can be said is that perhaps his team did better than most. This whole mess is nothing but a witch hunt beginning to end.
I hadn’t heard that.
Not saying it didn’t happen; just saying I hadn’t heard it.
“Are you saying George Hincapie and 10 other team-mates are all liars?”
I think it’s far easier to say that when faced with the potential of a rabid persecution by the USADA they were coerced into making certain statements in return for immunity, reduced fines, and other deals.
Armstrongs reputation lies in ruins with USADA accusing him of doping, encouraging others to dope and drug trafficking.
The evidence also includes direct documentary evidence including financial payments, emails, scientific data and laboratory test results that further prove the use, possession and distribution of performance enhancing drugs by Lance Armstrong and confirm the disappointing truth about the deceptive activities of the USPS Team, a team that received tens of millions of American taxpayer dollars in funding, said Travis Tygart, the chief executive of USADA.
Together these different categories of eyewitness, documentary, first-hand, scientific, direct and circumstantial evidence reveal conclusive and undeniable proof that brings to the light of day for the first time this systemic, sustained and highly professionalized team-run doping conspiracy.
The USPS Team doping conspiracy was professionally designed to groom and pressure athletes to use dangerous drugs, to evade detection, to ensure its secrecy and ultimately gain an unfair competitive advantage through superior doping practices. A program organized by individuals who thought they were above the rules and who still play a major and active role in sport today. USADA claims to have shattered the code of silence in cycling and called on the UCI to set up a Truth and Reconciliation commission.
Maybe they did, and maybe they didn’t. Usually, people are considered innocent until “proven” guilty. Heresay “evidence” of something that happened a long time ago hardly constituts “proof”...in America...for now, anyway.
LOL. The French are mad because our dopers beat their dopers.
His real crime was WWNASM.
I’m not sure about Armstrong’s politics, but I think he’s probably a liberal. He’s good pals with known lib Matthew McConaughey. He’s had murals from Shepard Fairey(famous for the Obama posters) on the wall of his bike shop in Austin and has worked with him on other projects. He met with Barbara Boxer earlier in the year, and Livestrong donated $100,000 to Planned Parenthood the week the federal charges against him were dropped.
He also spent a lot of alone time with G.W. Bush on the bike.
“Innocent until proven guilty” is the standard in a court of law. I am using my common sense and reason. It doesn’t make sense that he did not dope. It’s highly unlikely that all these people lie while he alone tells the truth.
BS. You have no unimpeachable evidence. Only heresay from guys who were likely doping as well.
ok if that’s true my opinion just dropped a couple of notches.
I may be mistaken about McConaughey being a liberal. Couldn’t find anything conclusive about him with a quick google search.
Sounds like allot of sour grapes and hear say.
France has already told this ‘body’ to sod off the records stand.
It is what it is. God will sort it out.
Face it, Lance Armstrong doped. It is impossible for him to not have doped. He could not have possibly beaten all the other cyclists who were also doping without doping himself. 11 of his former teammates are not lying.
There are much more important things in life than weather Lance Armstrong doped in a field full of dopers.
I could care less about Lance doping. I care a whole bunch about a which hunt by a Quasi-Government, publicly financed corupticon, I made that word up (Corruption + Con Game), organization that should be defended along with PBS and Moe hair subsidies.
It is completely unimportant. This is exactly what Romney was talking about. Should we borrow money from our children's grandchildren to pay into this type of organization? I don't think so.
Make that de funded
How much less could you care and why don't you?
Lots and lots.
I’m with you, if they want to juice, let ‘em juice. I don’t care.
I watched every one of his 7 TdF victories and I have long held out hope that he was clean because he never peed dirty, but this is not good. It ain’t proof, but it looks/sounds really bad.
Stripping him of his Tour victories would be like stripping Dale Sr. of his NASCAR wins because one of his pit guys said they were cheating. Hell, they all cheat. Racin’ is cheatin’ at least until you get busted.
Armstrong is still a hero to me and will remain so, I don’t care. He didn’t cheat any worse than the rest of ‘em. Just smarter maybe.
GW Bush is not a conservative....no real conservative considers anything “bush” to be conservative
And, Armstrong dated for years Sheryl “One Piece” Crow....who supported US troops in Bosnia under Clinton, but not in the Middle East under Bush
Armstrong is a liberal...
And, he got cold-busted for being a doper. The suspicion was there long before he was winning T de F
He said he’s left of center once in an interview somewhere, but wasn’t a partisan and considered both Bush and Kerry friends.
I probably should have clarefied my remarks. Because we have no disagreements. First, a long time ago I competed at a national level in bicycle road racing. I am the same age as Greg LeMond and competed against him. He was an incredibly nice guy and a true sportsman. I don't know that anyone has ever accused Greg of "doping". When Greg expressed his concerns about Lance, Greg was viciously vilified. I have never met Lance, but I knew if Greg had an issue with him that there was definitely a problem.
I do not consider GW to be a conservative either, but at least GW loves the country and is not a communist traitor who caused the deaths of scores of Seal Team 6 members by outing them after they took out Osama. Did you know that after their helicopter was shot down... Obama’s rules of engagement wouldn't allow our side to fire on the position where the missile came from?
As crazy as it is... the communist traitor's followers consider GW and anyone hanging out with him to be a conservative. The other day Biden or someone said that Ryan was more conservative than even GW Bush. It kind of boggled my mind.
Is it “cheating” if everyone is doing it and everyone knows everyone is doing it? Or is it just the competitors’ agreeing on a new set of rules?
If the viewing public doesn’t care, why should the government?
Exactly as the Founding Fathers intended. How they LONGED for pilotless drones to monitor the areas of the continent beyond their reach...
The doper movement has concocted elaborate conspiracy theories to support their conclusions that this or that athlete has used “performance enhancing” substances.
Where are the frigging Federal investigations into police officers who use steroids (and assault people while suffering from ‘roid rage) or singers who use autotune or lipsync on stage?
The public ‘got a right to know!!!”.
Bread and circuses while the empire crumbles.
IMHO LeMond protested too loudly and too quickly when Armstrong won his first Tour. As a bike retailer, Ive met LeMond and he seems to have an ax to grind as soon as he stopped being the darling of US Cycling. He also accused everyone he got beat by of doping while he was racing. He was dubbed “Mr Water” by his peers and it wasnt as LeMond states for him being “clean” He also “cheated” in his second tour win by being the 1st to use aero-bars. He was also diagnosed with anemia, which is a side affect of blood-doping, but lost those years so he wasnt tested. He also used his bff Barteau, riding for the race leader, as a spy. LeMond isnt the guy to cast stones. And yes I believe they all do what ever they feel necessary to win. It is their livelyhood
Everyone was “cheating” or enhancing their performance. Even with the bar raised, he still beat them.
If he wasn’t a ‘merican, this probably wouldn’t be scandalous.
The first time I remember ever hearing any criticism of Greg is when he spoke of his concerns about Lance associating with Michele Ferrari, after that all hell broke loose... with people like you accusing him of “having an ax to grind” and being accused of everything else under the sun by Lance's croneys.
If you can't recognize a political style hit job designed to confuse the public then you are not very observant. Greg paid dearly for expressing his concerns... Well it appears now that Greg LeMond has been vindicated. Maybe if people like you had actually listened to him instead of attacking him... cycling wouldn't be facing this truly awful scandal.
The performance enhancing effects of EPO were first discovered by a Swedish researcher in 1989. In 1990 Greg's career began to falter, around the time other athletes began experimenting with the substance. Maybe Greg had good reason to be concerned about what his competitors were up to.
I know Greg LeMond to be a very good person and the greatest athlete that I have ever met. Despite his fame and fortune is still married to the same woman after thirty years. He will always be one of the people that I admire the most despite the load of crap he took from people like you for telling the truth.
<>The first time I remember ever hearing any criticism of Greg is when he spoke of his concerns about Lance associating with Michele Ferrari, after that all hell broke loose...<>
This Michele Ferrari who Armstrong paid more than a million dollars to over the years:
I just keep thinking about how much of our tax money by way of the United States Postal Service went to fund this team.
If that USPS money wasn’t there would they have been able to pay for all the expertise and personnel and drugs necessary to do it and Dr Ferrari’s bill???
$32,000,000 from the USPS paid for a lot of doping.
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