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USADA charges Lance Armstrong in massive doping conspiracy from 1998-2011

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Source: The Washington Post

 

The U.S. Anti-Doping Agency brought formal doping charges against former cyclist Lance Armstrong in an action that could cost him his seven Tour de France titles, according to a letter sent to Armstrong and several others Tuesday.

 

As a result of the formal charges, Armstrong has been immediately banned from competition in triathlons, a sport he took up after his retirement from cycling in 2011.

 

In February, the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Los Angeles ended a nearly two-year investigation into doping allegations involving Armstrong without bringing criminal charges. Armstrong’s former teammates Floyd Landis and Tyler Hamilton cooperated with federal agents in that investigation and publicly accused Armstrong of doping.

 

USADA is the quasi-government agency that oversees anti-doping in Olympic sports in the United States. It is empowered to bring charges that could lead to suspension from competition and the rescinding of awards. It does not have authority to bring criminal charges.

 

“I have never doped, and, unlike many of my accusers, I have competed as an endurance athlete for 25 years with no spike in performance, passed more than 500 drug tests and never failed one,” Armstrong said in a statement released by his publicist. “That USADA ignores this fundamental distinction and charges me instead of the admitted dopers says far more about USADA, its lack of fairness and this vendetta than it does about my guilt or innocence. Any fair consideration of these allegations has and will continue to vindicate me.”

 

USADA’s letter, dated June 12, alleges that Armstrong and five former cycling team associates — three doctors including Italian physician Michele Ferrari, one trainer and team manager Johan Bruyneel— engaged in a massive doping conspiracy from 1998-2011, and that “the witnesses to the conduct described in this letter include more than ten (10) cyclists . . .”

 

The letter specifically alleges that Armstrong used EPO, blood transfusions, testosterone, corticosteroids and masking agents and that he distributed and administered drugs to others.

 

All of the six, including trainer Pepi Marti of Switzerland and doctors Pedro Celaya of Luxembourg and Luis Garcia del Moral of Spain, face competition bans.

 

“These charges are a product of malice and spite and not evidence,” Armstrong’s Washington-based attorney Robert D. Luskin said in a telephone interview Wednesday. “Nothing else explains the fact . . . they allege an overarching doping conspiracy among four teams over 14 years and Lance is the only rider that gets charged.”

 

Armstrong competed for the U.S. Postal Service team and later the Discovery Channel team from 1998-2005. In 2009, he rode for the Astana Cycling Team and on RadioShack’s team in 2010-11.

 

The letter further claims that Martial Saugy, the director of an anti-doping lab in Switzerland, stated that Armstrong’s urine sample results from the 2001 Tour of Switzerland indicated EPO use. “Multiple witnesses” said Armstrong told them he had the test result covered up, a charge he has denied.

 

Saugy told The Post last year that Armstrong’s sample was merely “suspicious,” a designation that meant it could not be called positive. Further analysis with modern methods might bring clarity, Saugy said, but the sample no longer exists.

 

“We did not do the additional analysis. It will never be sufficient to say, in fact, it was positive,” Saugy said in an interview with The Post. “I will never go in front of a court with that type of thing.”

 

Luskin said USADA sent Armstrong a letter last week asking him to meet with anti-doping officials. Armstrong declined, believing USADA was not interested in his testimony but rather a confession, Luskin said.

 

USADA Chief Executive Officer Travis Tygart could not be immediately reached to comment.

 

Armstrong, who won his last Tour title in 2005, has taken up competition in ironman triathlons, and was scheduled to compete in the Ironman France in Nice on June 24.

Edited by electricrelish

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:clap::clap::clap:

 

It's about damned time.

 

 

I forget, why do we care?

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I forget, why do we care?

 

 

It's more personal for me as he left he cancer stricken wife then left his cancer stricken g/f. He's just a piece of CHIPS AHOY!.

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It's more personal for me as he left he cancer stricken wife then left his cancer stricken g/f. He's just a piece of CHIPS AHOY!.

 

I didn't know that about him and his ex relationships. That's pretty sh1tty.

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Lance Armstrong and Jonathon Edwards

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I'm shocked.

Whats next, baseball players using steriods?

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WADA declares victory as Armstrong decides to stop fighting charges

 

Funny thing, I even believe that he did it but am not pleased with this. Let's just say he didn't. I mean, there is a chance of that, however remote. But let's just say. These guys have been on him for years and it's something that you can never truly prove you didn't do, so there's no end to it.

 

So, and again, presuming he didn't do it and doesn't want to spend the rest of his life in court, then the other side gets to claim victory?

 

Sort of a messed up system even if, in my very uninformed opinion on this particular matter, they got it right.

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His story was awesome. He went and kicked the sh*t out of everyone in the world while battling cancer. Now it's all just a bunch of BS. So disappointing. Time to throw out my Livestrong shirts. :kicksrock:

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