Category: Lance Armstrong Watch

Who gets Armstrong’s Tour de France titles?

Here’s a can of worms opened up by US Anti-Doping Agency’s announcement that it will rescind all seven of Lance Armstrong’s Tour de France titles. Who gets them? I’d recommend nobody. There’s no way to go back that long ago and legitimately award the titles to some of those cyclists. Simply draw a heavy black …

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Armstrong says ‘enough is enough’ — won’t fight doping charges; USADA says it will strip him of Tour de France titles

Lance Armstrong dropped his fight on Thursday night against the doping charges lodged in June by the US Anti-Doping Agency.

He did so without admitting to the allegations that he used banned substances and improper methods to gain an edge in the sport of cycling to win an unprecedented seven Tours de France.

Although his attorney wrote a letter to USADA that it cannot “retroactively punish” Armstrong, the loss of his seven Tour de France championships is a very real possibility. ….

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Judge rejects Armstrong’s attempt to block USADA

A Texas federal court judge on Monday threw out Lance Armstrong’s legal assertions that the US Anti-Doping Agency didn’t have jurisdiction to charge him with using banned substances during his cycling career. Armstrong has until Thursday to either appeal the judge’s decision, accept the charges or seek arbitration. The USADA has charged Armstrong with using …

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Judge says Armstrong lawsuit against USADA is “irrelevant”; updated

Update: July 11, 2012 — Attorneys for Lance Armstrong refiled an edited version of the federal suit against USADA that was rejected by the judge. The suit claims: — USADA doesn’t have the right to charge Armstrong; — USADA doesn’t have the right to force Armstrong to arbitration; — USADA violates his constitutional rights and …

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Lance Armstrong charged with violating anti-doping rules; banned from Iron Man competitions

Lance Armstrong is back on the hot seat, and we’re not talking about the tri-bike saddle that he’s been riding since he left pro cycling.

The U.S. Anti-Doping Agency has brought formal doping charges against the 7-time Tour de France champion, alleging that Armstrong, team manager Johan Bruyneel, a team trainer and three doctors are involved in a doping conspiracy that dates back to 1998.

Armstrong has been the target of doping accusations throughout his later career, but charges have never been brought. Armstrong steadfastly has denied any and all reports of doping and always points out that he’s never failed a drug test.

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Federal criminal probe against Lance Armstrong closed; USADA still investigating

If you believed in Lance Armstrong through all the mud-slinging, government leaks and “60 Minutes” disclosures, I suppose you feel vindicated today.

Federal prosecutors in Los Angeles told the Associated Press that they've closed a criminal investigation into doping allegations against the 7-time Tour de France winner.

A statement from the U.S. attorney's office said Armstrong would not be criminally charged, but did not explain why. This is a breaking story as I write this; I expect more explanation will follow at VeloNews or CyclingNews.

Apparently Armstrong isn't free and clear yet, however. US Anti Doping Agency head Travis Tygert said they are still pursuing …

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Lance Armstrong returns to Iowa for a bike ride at RAGBRAI

Since he skipped the Tour de France this year, Lance Armstrong must have been in fresh shape for his return to RAGBRAI on Tuesday.

This is the 7-time Tour winner's fourth visit to the Register's Annual Great Bicycle Ride Across Iowa, which is rolling across the state this week from Glenwood to Davenport.

In previous years, the Armstrong-mania got so crazy that it became a distraction. Many thought the cross-state bike tour could be renamed Lance-BRAI.

This year, the reaction was more manageable. Armstrong flew in from Paris to spend the day cycling with members of the Livestrong Army, above ….

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That “60 Minutes” investigation of Lance Armstrong

The biggest story in cycling — perhaps all of sports — right now is the “60 Minutes” report on the investigation of whether Lance Armstrong used performance-enhancing drugs, such as EPO, during his career.

It's an allegation that has dogged him since his first Tour de France victory in 1999, but it gained renewed vigor last year when former teammate Floyd Landis admitted to doping and charged that Armstrong did too.

A federal grand jury has been empaneled in Los Angeles to look into the accusations, primarily as they relate to Armstrong's tenure on the US Postal Service team.

Prosecutors have called a number of witnesses, including former teammates Tyler Hamilton and George Hincapie.”60 Minutes” interviewer Scott Palley said they've been investigating the issue themselves for six months.

Except for the one-on-one interview with Hamilton, much of the information in the report comes from leaked documents and secret grand jury testimony.

In case you didn't see the show, here are the two segments. (Part 2 on jump)….

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Hincapie told feds about Armstrong doping: 60 Minutes;
Update: Armstrong attorney responds

Cyclist George Hincapie is among three former US Postal Service team members who told federal investigators that Lance Armstrong used performance-enhancing drugs, “60 Minutes” is reporting in a story to air Sunday.

Hincapie, currently racing in the Amgen Tour of California, was a teammate of Armstrong on all seven of his Tour de France championships.

A CBSNews story on Friday said that Hincapie told investigators that he and Armstrong supplied each other with EPO and discussed using testosterone to prepare for bike races. CBSNews does not reveal the source of the information….

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Tyler Hamilton saw Lance Armstrong use EPO: '60 Minutes'

Former Lance Armstrong teammate Tyler Hamilton tells “60 Minutes” in a show to air Sunday that he saw the 7-time Tour de France winner use performance-enhancing drugs.

“I saw it (EPO) in his refrigerator. I saw him inject it, more than one time. … Like we all did…. Like I did, many many times.”

Armstrong, who has steadfastly denied ever doping during his career, responded on Twitter:

“20+ year career. 500 drug controls worldwide, in and out of competition. Never a failed test. I rest my case.” ….

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