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Tuesday 02, Oct 2012

  UCI Still Waiting For Armstrong File

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UCI Still Waiting For Armstrong File

The governing body of cycling, UCI, has expressed its growing impatience over delay by the United States Anti-doping Agency (USADA) in handing over the Lance Armstrong doping dossier.

The UCI is still waiting to examine the evidence collected by USADA against the seven-time winner of the Tour de France, Lance Armstrong. USADA banned the cyclist for life and stripped him of all his titles and alleged that Armstrong used banned substances as far back as 1996, including the blood-booster erythropoietin (EPO), steroids, and blood transfusions. On August 24, the anti-doping agency made an announcement that results of the cyclist since 1998, including those seven Tour titles won from 1999-2005, were expunged due to “numerous” alleged violations.

UCI president Pat McQuaid said that the governing body of cycling has no reasons to believe that a complete file doesn’t exist and the repeated inability of USADA to communicate its decision is beginning to concern us. He added that a month has passed since Armstrong was punished and the USADA would have been better prepared before launching the process. A week ago, McQuaid stressed that “the UCI does not intend to appeal” “but we need verification” of wrongdoing.

The 40-year-old cyclist said he is innocent but weary of the “nonsense” accusations. “I refuse to participate in a process that is so one-sided and unfair,” said Armstrong of the USADA proceedings. Lance Armstrong vehemently denied all allegations of doping during his career and questioned authority of USAD to ban him but the anti-doping agency says it has more than ten witnesses that are ready to testify against Armstrong. Armstrong even claimed the USADA was acting beyond its remit and had offered “corrupt inducements” to other riders for testifying against him.

The UCI added that it is unusual that evidence is still being gathered after a person has been found guilty to which USADA accused the UCI of attempting to undermine and question the substance of their case. The anti-doping agency said the file case and reasoned decision will be sent to the UCI and the World Anti-Doping Agency by October 15 and criticized USADA for not having informed it directly about the delays. The cycling’s governing body said it has learnt of the reported delays through the media and not by any official communication from USADA. UCI questioned why USADA did not spend time during the Tour de France, Olympics and Road World Championships for preparing its case “rather than to make announcements.”

Jurisdiction of USADA is limited to the United States and it is up to rulers of cycling to endorse their decision to erase the achievement of Armstrong from the record books of cycling or not. The UCI has yet to endorse decision made by USAD for vacating victories by Armstrong and said it needs to see evidence first. Meanwhile, the World Anti-Doping Agency is also waiting to receive the files. World Anti-Doping Agency president John Fahey said decision of Armstrong to drop his fight against drug charges was an admission the allegations “had substance in them”.

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Saturday 01, Sep 2012

  Tyler Hamilton To Reveal All About Armstrong

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Tyler Hamilton To Reveal All About Armstrong – Cliff Notes

Tyler Hamilton dopingFormer American professional road bicycle racer, @Tyler Hamilton, is all set to tell all about Lance Armstrong doping in his soon-to-be-released book, “The Secret Race. Inside the Hidden World of the Tour de France, Doping, Cover-ups and Winning at All Costs.”

In the book, Hamilton has claimed that Lance Armstrong gave him an illegal blood booster before the 1999 Tour de France. He added that the teammates took blood transfusions together during the race the following year. The two cyclists rode together on the U.S. Postal Service team from 1998 to 2001.

The Secret Race. Inside the Hidden World of the Tour de France, Doping, Cover-ups and Winning at All Costs,” is set to be published on September 5.

Fourteen years of Armstrong’s competitive results, including his seven Tour de France titles have been erased by the U.S. Anti-doping Agency (USADA) after Armstrong not to fight drug charges of doping.

Hamilton went on to claim that a doping plan was put in place by the team during the 1999 Tour de France and Lance had knowledge of it. The plan included a motorcyclist riding behind racers with a thermos full of EPO that was meant to be dispended to team camper riders after race stages. It was further added that doctors, managers, and team leaders encouraged and supervised doping and use of performance enhancing drugs that were handed out to cyclists in white lunch bags. Hamilton also said after the 11th stage of the 2000 Tour de France, Lance and he sat near each other to take a blood transfusion under the watchful eye of team director Johan Bruyneel before the famous Ventoux mountain stage. He also said Lance told him that he tested positive for EPO at the 2001 Tour of Switzerland but was able to cover it up from the International Cycling Union.

“(Armstrong) took what we all took… there was EPO (erythropoietin)… testosterone… a blood transfusion,” Hamilton said in that interview. It was further alleged by Hamilton that a key Armstrong lieutenant during his seven Tour victories, former Postal rider George Hincapie, was also offered performance enhancing drugs while he rode for the team along with rider Kevin Livingston.

Hamilton won the time-trial at the Athens Olympics in 2004 and tested positive for blood doping but was allowed to keep his medal after the laboratory accidently destroyed his B sample by deep freezing it. In 2005, he tested positive for a blood transfusion and was banned for a period of two years. Tyler Hamilton was also associated with the Spanish doping scandal dubbed “Operation Puerto” in 2006 before he tested positive for anabolic steroids three years later. He received an eight-year ban after admitting that he used an over-the-counter treatment for depression. In a letter sent to family and friends on May 20, 2011, Hamilton admitted that he made use of performance-enhancing drugs and broke the rules.

In 2010, a former team-mate and deposed Tour de France winner Floyd Landis also accused Armstrong of making use of performance enhancing drugs and teaching others on how to avoid getting caught.



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Wednesday 22, Aug 2012

  Armstrong Suit Against Anti-Doping Group Dismissed

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On Monday, a federal judge dismissed the latest lawsuit filed by champion cyclist @Lance Armstrong that was aimed at stopping the case against him by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency.

U.S. District Judge Sam Sparks said the court cannot interfere, contrary to the will of Congress and agreement of Lance Armstrong to arbitrate, on the basis of a speculative injury. The USADA had accused the cyclist of using, possessing, trafficking, and giving performance enhancing drugs to others and covering up doping violations.

Armstrong, the seven-time Tour de France winner, requested the court for action against the anti-doping agency for a host of reasons and said he has never tested positive for performance enhancing drugs. The cyclist also accused the USADA and its CEO, Travis Tygart, of being out to get a “big fish” for justifying existence of the agency.

Judge Dismisses Lance Armstrong’s Suit – Video

The assertions of Armstrong were ruled out by Judge Sparks in his ruling. The Judge added that Armstrong did not have the right to due process “fail as a matter of law, and must be dismissed.” Last month, U.S. District Judge Sam Sparks, in Austin, Texas, dismissed the original bid of Lance Armstrong o stop the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) from proceeding with its case and termed the lawsuit a “lengthy and bitter polemic.” The lawsuit was not entertained by the Judge though he did allow the lawyers of Armstrong to file an amended lawsuit.

Armstrong has been accused of doping since long. The USADA said in a June letter to Armstrong that it collected blood samples from the cyclist in 2009 and 2010 that were “fully consistent with blood manipulation including EPO use and/or blood transfusions.”

Attorneys of the cyclist said he has “passed every drug test ever administered to him in his career – a total of 500 to 600 tests… more drug tests than any athlete in history.” The attorneys added that it was the International Cycling Union and not the USADA that has proper jurisdiction in the case.

The Texas court ruling means that the seven-time Tour de France winner would now have to face the doping charges and could lose his record-breaking seven Tour de France titles, if he is found guilty.

US District Judge Sam Sparks noted “troubling aspects” of the USADA’s case despite dismissing Armstrong’s case against USADA by remarking upon the contrast between determination of the agency to pursue with the hearing “in direct conflict” with the “equally evident desire” of cycling’s world governing body, the UCI, not proceeding against him. The case of Armstrong may ultimately be escalated to the Court of Arbitration for Sport if he decides to answer the charges.

Armstrong has previously accused the agency of pursuing a vendetta against him when the USADA handed out lifetime bans to three of the six men named in the Lance Armstrong doping conspiracy case. Luis Garcia del Moral, Michele Ferrari, and trainer Jose “Pepe” Marti. Marti was a trainer for the USPS and Discovery Channel Cycling Teams during the period from 1999 through 2007 and Dr del Moral was team physician for the USPS Cycling Team from 1999 through 2003. Dr Ferrari was a consulting doctor for the same team between 1999 and 2006.

Armstrong Suit Against Anti-Doping Group Dismissed

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