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Sunday 03, Feb 2013

  UCI Assisted Armstrong To Cheat

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UCI Assisted Armstrong To Cheat

The head of the United States Anti-Doping Agency, Travis Tygart, has claimed that the director of the drug testing laboratory in Lausanne told him that he offered disgraced cycling icon Lance Armstrong and his team manager, Johan Bruyneel, with information to avoid positive tests for EPO, a blood-boosting agent.

It was revealed that the world governing body of cycling, the UCI, arranged the meeting Lance Armstrong, Bruyneel and Martial Saugy, the director of the laboratory in Switzerland. However, the UCI claims that meetings were set up as a deterrent to show riders that the cycling world body was getting tough on doping and not to show them how to beat the testers.

The name, reputation, and money of Lance went to a sudden toss down after the release of reasoned decision by USADA. It was concluded by USADA report the that Armstrong enforced “the most sophisticated, professionalized and successful doping program that sport has ever seen”. The cyclist is the founder of the Livestrong Foundation, originally called the Lance Armstrong Foundation, but stepped down as the chairman of the Livestrong after the USADA report.

Tygart said that the meeting occurred the year after Armstrong had provided a suspect sample at the Tour of Switzerland that had been tested in Lausanne. The UCI is already amid allegations that it accepted a donation of £125,000 to cover up those test results of Lance Armstrong. Though the UCI established an independent commission to examine the charges against itself, it recently disbanded the commission saying that WADA had termed it as “useless.”

Meanwhile, the cyclist who admitted to using banned substances throughout his seven consecutive Tour de France wins, recently remarked that a truth and reconciliation commission is the only way for cycling to move on from its drug-addled past. The cyclist went on to issue a warning that doing nothing would consign the sport to stagnation and decline. Armstrong also said that no one will show up without an amnesty and said no generation of professional cyclists was exempt from doping and WADA should be taking the charge of the amnesty process and not the UCI.

Lance Armstrong also remarked that he was the victim of cycling’s doping culture and said he was made the ”fall guy” for the sport’s problems. The cyclist said he was the product of cycling’s cheating down the years and said he would be the ”first through the door” at any truth and reconciliation commission. While referring to the American authorities who have given him a deadline of February 6 to come clean about his doping past if he wants to reduce his life ban, Lance said that was a stunt by Travis to make me look self-serving.

The UCI has come under dark clouds of accusations and has been accused of turning a blind eye to doping activities of Armstrong and mass doping within the peloton. To add to its woes, WADA and USADA are not happy with it over its refusal over the creation of a truth and reconciliation commission and in particular an amnesty for drug cheats.

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Wednesday 05, Sep 2012

  Support Pouring In From All Quarters For Lance Armstrong

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Support Pouring In From All Quarters For Lance Armstrong – Cliff Notes

lance armstronAfter seven-time Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong was banned for life and stripped of all his titles, support for the cyclist and his cancer foundation increased in numbers.

In Montreal, hundreds of people came out in support of Lance Armstrong and chugged up Mont Royal with the cyclist in a fast-paced training run. Many of the runners said they support him, regardless of the controversies, and added that Armstrong is an inspiration for those fighting against cancer and they truly lauded him for his successful charitable foundation.

Oakley, a longtime supporter and partner of the cyclist, said the decision of Lance is taken in high esteem. He has been an inspiration to many and Oakley will continue to support The Lance Armstrong Foundation. A company that makes natural supplements with quercetin, FRS, said it supports the cyclist and his commitment in increasing awareness and his fight against cancer and the company is proud to be associated with his Livestrong Foundation.

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Shoe-giant Nike said the company is disappointed that Lance Armstrong would not be participating in competitions but said it would continue to support the cyclist and his foundation that serves cancer survivors. Sporting KC soccer club CEO Robb Heineman said the club believes strongly in mission of the Livestrong Foundation and it truly appreciates the statement from the Lance Armstrong Foundation for continuing the fight against cancer. Johnson Health Tech that makes a line of fitness equipment with name of Armstrong’s foundation on it said the company reaffirms its support of Armstrong and the Lance Armstrong Foundation as they work tirelessly for supporting people and families affected by cancer, especially those in undeserved communities.

Former Major League Baseball player Barry Bonds also came to the defense of Armstrong and said he has great respect for the cyclist and what all he has done for the sport. “I think if it wasn’t for him, U.S. cycling wouldn’t even be here,” Bonds said. “He was the greatest cyclist of all.”

In another development, twenty-three California state senators are asking two U.S. senators from the state to request a Congressional review of the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency in the wake of Armstrong sanctions. In a letter sent to U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D) and U.S. Sen. Barbara Boxer (D), it was written that the U.S. Anti-doping Agency receives a majority of funds from taxpayer dollars through the Office of National Drug Control Policy at the White House. The lawmakers demanded that the two senators should call upon the appropriate oversight committees of the United States Congress for developing appropriate constitutional protections and conducting a comprehensive review of USADA’s operations and finances. It was also demanded that special attention must be paid to unilateral changes by USADA in rules for dealing with athletes who have never failed a drug test.

Armstrong is the only athlete to face doping charges by the anti-doping agency despite the lack of a confirmed positive drug test and the cyclist recently declined to go to arbitration to fight charges made by USADA against him saying the process followed by it was unconstitutional.

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