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Wednesday 21, Oct 2015

  Frankie Andreu ‘Doped For The Majority Of His Career’, Says Armstrong

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On Monday, the transcript from a recent Lance Armstrong testimony became public following the filing of court documents by the US Federal Government. This transcript revealed that Armstrong, the former seven-time Tour de France winner, alleged that his former teammate Frankie Andreu “doped for the majority of his career”.

Frankie Andreu was a domestique in his 12 years as a professional cyclist and was a worker bee whose primary job was to assist a top rider like Lance Armstrong win.

Frankie denied the allegation and said the testimony of the disgraced cyclist was “completely false”. Frankie admitted to a limited amount of doping during his career in 2006 and added he raced for the majority “completely clean”. Andreu remarked a lot of riders made bad choices in that time and he was one of them and added that he was taking Erythropoietin (EPO) off and on. Andreu also revealed he was introduced to performance enhancing drugs in 1995 and took EPO for “a few races.”

Frankie revealed his introduction to performance enhancing drugs came in 1995 when Armstrong and he were with the Motorola team. Frankie said some of the riders from the team felt that they were unable to compete with some European teams that had rapidly improved and were rumored to be using Erythropoietin. The top riders of Motorola asked their doctor, Massimo Testa, now a sports medicine specialist at the University of California at Davis, about the safety of EPO as more than a dozen young riders in Europe had died mysteriously of heart attacks. Dr. Testa gave literature about Erythropoietin to each rider in case any of them decided to use it on their own. Dr. Testa said he wanted riders to be educated and urged the riders not to take the drug.

Steve Swart, one of Armstrong’s teammates, has admitted using Erythropoietin while riding for Motorola. Swart discussed his time with the team in the book “L.A. Confidential: The Secrets of Lance Armstrong,” that was published in 2004, only in French. Roberto Heras of Spain, another former lieutenant of Armstrong, tested positive for EPO and served a suspension of two years. Pavel Padrnos, one of Lance Armstrong’s United States Postal Service teammates, was summoned to appear before an Italian tribunal and face accusations about taking illicit substances during the 2001 Giro. In 2004, Tour de France Tour director, Jean-Marie Leblanc ejected Stefano Casagranda of the Saeco team and Martin Hvastija of Alessio for suspected doping. The cyclists were associated with an Italian doctor, Enrico Lazzero, in an investigation of doping at the 2001 Giro d’Italia.

EPO is a synthetic hormone that boosts stamina by improving the body’s production of oxygen-rich red blood cells that can last several weeks or more.

Frankie and wife Betsy revealed to the world that they saw Lance Armstrong telling a doctor in October 1996 that he had taken performance enhancing drugs. This hospital admission came three months after the Atlanta Olympics and three years before his first Tour de France title and more than 16 years before Lance admitted to doping during his career.

The testimony of Lance Armstrong was part of a pretrial deposition in a US Federal Government whistleblower case brought forward by former teammate Floyd Landis. Armstrong faces the risk of losing up to $100 million.

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Monday 14, Jul 2014

  Lance Armstrong Grilled Under Oath

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Lance Armstrong was recently forced to provide sworn videotaped testimony about his doping history. The deposition day for the disgraced former cyclist came as part of a fraud case filed against him by SCA Promotions, a sports insurance company in Dallas.

Armstrong made a request to the Texas appeals court and the Texas Supreme Court for stopping the deposition from happening but his request was rejected by both courts. This forced the ex-cyclist to provide answers to questions raised by SCA Promotions attorney Jeffrey Tillotson, who is the sole opposing attorney to interview Lance Armstrong under oath about doping. Tillotson also questioned the cyclist under oath when he denied doping and lied about using banned performance enhancing drugs in 2005-06.

SCA Promotions has filed the lawsuit against Lance Armstrong and is seeking the return of $12 million in costs and bonuses it paid him for winning the Tour de France in 2002-04. This case was thereafter moved to arbitration and a panel is expected to hear the case after some weeks. Lance Armstrong was subpoenaed for the deposition as part of the process for gathering evidence before the hearing.

The cyclist is also facing a separate fraud lawsuit filed by the federal government. In this case, prosecutors are seeking more than $96 million from Lance Armstrong and Armstrong’s former teammate Floyd Landis, who accused Armstrong of doping and encouraging doping within the USPS team, and may get a share any award under the U.S. whistleblower law. The cyclist was expected to testify under oath at a June 23 deposition in Austin but the judge in this whistleblower suit accusing Lance Armstrong put on hold a deposition of the former cyclist. Originally brought by former teammate Floyd Landis in June 2010, this lawsuit was joined in part by the Justice Department in February 2013. Singer Sheryl Crow, the former girlfriend of Armstrong, is listed as a government witness besides Armstrong’s ex-wife, Kristin Armstrong. Cyclists Frankie Andreu, George Hincapie, Tyler Hamilton, and Floyd Landis may be part of a list of potential witnesses against Armstrong. The case is U.S. v. Tailwind Sports Corp., 10-cv-00976, U.S. District Court, District of Columbia (Washington).

The 42-year-old former cyclist, who won a record seven consecutive Tour de France titles, was banned for life and stripped of his Tour de France victories after the United States Anti-Doping Agency found Armstrong guilty of using banned drugs. Armstrong later confessed to doping in January last year during a televised interview with Oprah Winfrey.

Armstrong sued SCA Promotions in 2004 by claiming a breach of contract after the sports insurance company refused to pay his bonus for winning the Tour de France. SCA Promotions withheld the payment and claimed Lance Armstrong cheated to win the race. In a testimony in 2005, the ex-cyclist said he “never” used performance enhancing drugs and race the bike straight up fair and square. With help of the false testimony, Armstrong was able to win a $7.5 million settlement from the company in 2006. Terms of the settlement agreement stipulated that this case could not be reopened.

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Thursday 28, Nov 2013

  ‘Incentives’ For Doping Testimony Suggested By UCI President

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Incentives’ For Doping Testimony Suggested By UCI President

The World Anti-Doping Agency and the world governing body of cycling will be working together for investigating the dark doping past of cycling. This was after the possibility of leniency for Lance Armstrong was raised with new UCI President Brian Cookson saying that there should be “incentives” for some people to testify.

The agreement, which was announced by both UCI and WADA, saw the World Anti-Doping Agency taking positive steps in one of the key behind-the-scenes discussions at its World Conference on Doping in Sport. In a joint statement, the bodies said they have agreed on the broad terms under which the UCI will conduct a commission of inquiry into the historical doping problems in cycling.

Brian Cookson revealed that the banned American cyclist Armstrong would be invited to testify. This agreement followed a private meeting between WADA President Johan Fahey and Cookson at the conference in Johannesburg. The UCI and WADA remarked the Presidents have further agreed that their respective colleagues would co-operate to finalize the detailed terms and conditions of the inquiry to ensure that the procedures and ultimate outcomes would be in line with the fundamental rules and principles of the World Anti-Doping Code. The UCI President said the commission would likely start work in early 2014 and he wanted to finish the inquiry within a period of 12 months.

Cookson added that the UCI had no power to reduce the lifetime imposed on Lance Armstrong in return for the banned cyclist to tell what all he knows, but the newly-elected UCI head did conceded that there has to be some form of incentive for some witnesses. Cookson remarked he would not oppose what the United States Anti-Doping Agency wanted to do with Armstrong but he would be very surprised if it was anything like what Lance Armstrong seems to be saying, that he should be treated exactly the same as those who have previously given evidence. However, Cookson may find it hard to find relief for Armstrong as International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach said he opposed any lessening and would be very uncomfortable with it.

In another development, Lance Armstrong has reached a settlement with Nebraska-based Acceptance Insurance, an insurance company that was seeking $3m in performance bonuses it paid him from 1999 to 2001. The Insurance Company wanted the cyclist to detail his doping back to 1995 including who all were aware of his drug use and who delivered banned performance enhancing drugs, what amounts of drugs were used, and who administered them. This means that the disgraced cyclist will not need to show up for a deposition in Austin. Betsy Andreu, a key witness against Armstrong and the wife of the former Armstrong team-mate Frankie Andreu, expressed her frustration that Lance Armstrong avoided the deposition. She remarked this settlement gets him out of doing what he fears the most, which is going under oath, and he has never answered the questions in depth, he’s always skirted. The cyclist still faces a $12m lawsuit from the Dallas-based SCA Promotions Company and a federal whistle-blower lawsuit over his team’s previous sponsorship with the US Postal Service.

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Monday 21, Jan 2013

  WADA Could Support Reduction Of Life Sanction On Lance Armstrong

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WADA Could Support Reduction Of Life Sanction On Lance Armstrong

The head of the World Anti Doping Agency, John Fahey, recently remarked that his anti-doping agency would not object to a reduction of the life sanction on disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong.

The WADA Head remarked that the reduction may take place if the cyclist asked to reopen his drug case and provide substantial information about drug suppliers, corrupt officials, and other drug cheats. Armstrong rejected such an offer made just weeks before by the US Anti Doping Agency chief executive Travis Tygart and according to Fahey ”Armstrong just walked away from it”. Fahey added that the cyclist chose Oprah instead of giving evidence under oath and to be cross examined.

Fahey went on to add that WADA would require specific details and new information, names, times, places, who supplied the drugs, which officials are involved, not just confirmation of what the United States Anti-Doping Agency already knows and Armstrong needs to do it properly, not just for show-business.

Under the lifetime ban imposed on Lance Armstrong, he is restricted from competing in any officially-recognized competition, including social and community sport, in any of the vast majority of sports signed to the WADA code. The WADA chairman also remarked that the self-described ”death penalty” described by Armstrong was of his own doing, and his claims of being a victim were ”drama gone mad”. It was also remarked that any reduction in the lifetime ban for detailed testimony would unlikely be a couple of years, but he would have the life element taken out of the sanction.

In the past, the cyclist had refused to provide evidence to USADA and had legally sought to derail the drug sanctioning process by filing a lawsuit against the anti-doping agency for making corrupt inducements to other cyclists to testify against him. Armstrong, after losing another legal fight to avoid the sanctioning process, dropped his case and said he would not fight the doping charges against him. The cyclist also denied making a payment of $250,000 to the USADA, at odds with the claims made by USADA chief executive Travis Tygart in a recent 60 Minutes interview. USADA said that it stands by the facts both in the Reasoned Decision and in the 60 Minutes interview.

Tygart said if the cyclist is really sincere in his desire to amend the mistakes of the past, he will testify under oath about the full extent of his doping activities and added that cyclist who has long denied wrongdoings has finally acknowledged that his cycling career was built on a powerful combination of doping and deceit.

Meanwhile, Betsy Andreu (the wife of one of Armstrong’s former teammates, Frankie Andreu) has refuted claims of Lance Armstrong that his ex-wife Kristin asked him not to dope as a condition of his 2009 comeback. The disgraced cyclist had said he discussed returning to cycling with Kristin before 2009 and that she supported him in that quest, but only on the basis he did it without doping and not to cross the line again.

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Monday 05, Nov 2012

  UCI Sued By Sponsor For £1.25m

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Australian clothing firm SKINS has threatened to sue the governing body of cycling, UCI, for its failure to crack down on doping and run a clean sport.

The Australian company’s Swiss lawyers wrote to UCI saying the company had been involved in professional cycling since 2008 in the belief that the sport had cleaned up its act after the 1998 Tour de France that was hit by scandals. In a statement issued through its lawyers, the company said it concluded that it must revise that view. The statement reads SKINS, as a supplier and sponsor, is particularly concerned with its brand image and is firmly against doping as it strongly believes in the true spirit of competition.

The company said it had acted accordingly after the Lance Armstrong scandal, which saw the Texan stripped of his seven Tour de France titles after a USADA investigation into alleged systematic doping. It was indicated by the firm that the manner in which the governing body of cycling dealt with the case of the disgraced cyclist and its fight against doping in general is the primary reason for the total loss of confidence in professional cycling by the public and added that this loss of credibility and confidence for cycling “harms SKINS, as well as any other sponsor or supplier.”

The company sponsors Cycling Australia, USA Cycling, the Rabobank, Europcar and Telekom teams and BikeNZ in New Zealand, among others.

Meanwhile, a giant effigy of Lance Armstrong went up in flames recently as part of one of the biggest bonfire parties in the UK. The cyclist, accused by the USADA of using and promoting the use of performance enhancing drugs, was stripped of his seven Tour de France titles and banned for life, pipped the likes of Jimmy Savile and Chancellor George Osborne after suggestions from members of the public. The effigy came complete with a ‘Jim Fixed It For Me’ medallion and a sign which read ‘For sale, Racing bike no longer required’.

In another development, the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) has applauded the USADA for its case against the disgraced cyclist who was accused by some of his former teammates of using and encouraging the use of performance enhancing drugs within the USPS team. WADA recently said that it would not appeal against the sanctions imposed by the USADA on Armstrong and said WADA has no concerns as to the complete process and the overwhelming weight of evidence against the cyclist. USADA accused the Texan rider of spearheading “the most sophisticated, professionalised and successful doping programme that sport has ever seen”.

The seven-time champion of Tour de France was accused by teammates including Frankie Andreu, George Hincapie, Floyd Landis, and Tyler Hamilton of using EPO, growth hormone, and other performance enhancing drugs. The veteran American cyclist who raced alongside Lance Armstrong during all of his seven Tour de France victories, Hincapie, said he made use of banned substances during his professional career and remarked he is looking forward to play a substantial role to develop, encourage, and help young riders to compete and win with the best in the world.

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Saturday 03, Nov 2012

  WADA Would Not Appeal Against Armstrong Verdict

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The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) will not be appealing against the ban imposed on American cyclist Lance Armstrong, according to an announcement by the anti-doping agency.

Armstrong, the winner of seven Tour de France titles, was banned by the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) after testimony from former teammates, including Tyler Hamilton, George Hincapie, Frankie Andreu, and Floyd Landis, who all were involved in what the USADA called the most sophisticated doping program ever seen in sport. The ex-teammates of the disgraced cyclist testified that Armstrong used and even encouraged the use and provided performance enhancing drugs and threatened cyclists in the team who didn’t doped of losing their place in the team.

The evidence against Armstrong showed prolonged use of a range of performance enhancing drugs including erythropoietin (EPO), blood transfusions, testosterone, corticosteroids, human growth hormone, and masking agents, according to the USADA.

The 41-year-old Armstrong, a cancer survivor, has denied cheating and never failed a doping test but was stripped of all titles and given a lifetime ban after electing not to fight the charges made against him. The USADA banned Armstrong for life and stripped him of all his titles and results since August 1, 1998, a decision that was later ratified by the UCI, the governing body of cycling.

After the USADA sent the report to the the governing body of cycling, UCI, and World Anti-Doping Agency, they had the option of taking the matter to the Court of Arbitration of Sport (CAS) or ratify the sanctions imposed by USADA on the cyclist. The UCI said Lance had no place in cycling and annulled all his results besides banning him for life. Now, WADA that had the option to challenge the ruling made by USADA has joined USADA and UCI against the cyclist.

WADA President John Fahey said in a statement that the anti-doping agency has no concerns as to the complete process and the overwhelming weight of evidence against Lance Armstrong. Fahey added that the Armstrong doping scandal has resulted in a proper and right sanction for the cyclist and has served as a revelation to the world of sport for which USADA must be applauded. WADA also called on the governing body of cycling to disclose details of its independent investigation that it vowed to undertake after widespread doping revelations. Fahey said the anti-doping agency has had no communication from the UCI with regard to the Armstrong-reasoned decision, the UCI management decisions, or their upcoming inquiry and added that WADA would like to make a contribution to the inquiry, if it is established and resourced beyond reproach. Fahey further added that this is not a situation wherein just because an athlete didn’t return a positive test there was nothing for the UCI could do.

After being exposed as a drug cheat, Lance Armstrong has been asked to pay back millions of dollars in prize money, threatened with lawsuits, dropped by sponsors, and stepped down as the chairman of his charity foundation, Livestrong. The International Olympic Committee is even considering taking back his 2000 Olympic bronze medal.

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Thursday 01, Nov 2012

  Anti-Doping Law Flouted By Ban On Armstrong

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Anti-Doping Law Flouted By Ban On Armstrong

According to experts, the decision of the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) to ban @Lance Armstrong and stripping him of his seven Tour de France wins rides roughshod over established anti-doping rules.

Many sport law specialists have remarked that the anti-doping agency report that triggered the downfall of the disgraced cyclist and the endorsement of the same by the governing body of cycling, UCI, ignored the statute of limitations that ordinarily applies in such cases.

Lance Armstrong was banned for life and stripped of all his titles. His results after August 1998 were annulled and all his sponsors, including Nike, left him. This was after former teammates of the cyclist (Frankie Andreu, Michael Barry, Tom Danielson, Tyler Hamilton, George Hincapie, Floyd Landis, Levi Leipheimer, Stephen Swart, Christian Vande Velde, Jonathan Vaughters, and David Zabriskie) condemned him with sworn eyewitness testimonies saying that Armstrong used and even encouraged the use of performance enhancing drugs and even threatened those who refused to take drugs by telling them their place in the team will be given to someone else.

Now the specialists suggest that Armstrong may even have grounds for making an appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport over the decision.

Antonio Rigozzi, a doping law professor at the university of Neuchatel in Switzerland, said the case is certainly unique in its scale but it is not a reason not to apply or even ignore the (anti-doping) rules, as we have seen.

According to anti-doping rules, there is a limit of eight years to bring alleged violation cases but eyebrows were raised in legal circles about the agreements made with the former teammates of the cyclist to testify against him.

Alexis Schoeb, a Swiss lawyer specializing in sport, remarked that the fact that former cyclists who are currently owning up the use of drugs are treated in another way and the eight-year limitation has been respected while there is no such rule in the case of Lance Armstrong and this surely suggests that there is a touch of double standards.

USADA pulled off a political coup by allowing access to the public on its website to a very detailed report that practically made any appeal doomed to failure, French lawyer Jean-Jacques Bertrand said and added that dispassionate judges who apply the law as it stands are required for handling this case.

Meanwhile, more humiliation is on the way for Armstrong as his effigy will be burned at a Kent town’s annual bonfire celebration to mark a failed 1605 plot to blow up parliament and kill King James I. A 30ft (9m) model of the Texan rider will go up in flames in Edenbridge. With this, the cyclist joins the list of Cherie Blair, Katie Price, Gordon Brown, Mario Balotelli, Wayne Rooney, former French president Jacques Chirac, ex-British prime minister Tony Blair, Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein, and Russell Brand; effigies of all of them were burned in the past. Armstrong’s effigy holds a sign reading: “For Sale — Racing Bike. No longer required.” The effigy of Lance Armstrong also sports a badge around its neck that says “Jim Fixed It For Me”, a reference to the late British television presenter Jimmy Savile who was accused of widespread child sex abuse.

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Sunday 28, Oct 2012

  US Cycling Athlete Accepts Sanction

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Roger Hernandez, of Miami, Fla., an athlete in the sport of cycling, has accepted a two-year suspension for an anti-doping rule violation, according to a statement by the United States Anti-doping Agency (USADA).

The violation was based on a refusal by Hernandez to submit to a sample collection. The 45-year-old Hernandez refused to take part in an In-Competition doping control test on July 29, 2011 at the Masters Track Nationals in Trexlertown. The refusal of an athlete to provide a sample when notified that he has been selected for doping control constitutes a rule violation under the USADA Protocol for Olympic and Paralympic Movement Testing and the International Cycling Union (UCI) Anti-Doping Rules, both of which have adopted the World Anti-Doping Code.

A two- year period of ineligibility was accepted by Hernandez that began on August 21, 2011 the day after he last competed. The cycling athlete is also disqualified from all competitive results obtained on and subsequent to July 29, 2011, the date upon which he refused to submit to sample collection, including forfeiture of any medals, points, and prizes as a result of the sanction.

Roger Hernandez is a body builder and a cycling champion with numerous titles. The athlete finished second in the keirin state final, won a world masters title in 2003, and headed to Portugal with intent on winning again. During day 4 of the USA Cycling Masters Track Nationals in Trexlertown, PA (July 29, 2011), Roger Hernandez of the Nitroshot cycling team came third behind Todd Hayes and Kirk Whiteman with a time of 11.607.

After the suspension of Hernandez, USA Cycling adjusted results from the 2011 Masters Track National Championships. Michael Miller of Morgantown, Pa., also accepted a suspension for anti-doping violation. The 42-year-old Miller tested positive for methylhexaneamine, a stimulant, as a result of a sample collected at the Masters Track Nationals, on July 27, 2011, in Trexlertown and accepted an eight-month period of ineligibility, which began on September 2, 2011, the day he accepted a provisional suspension. Methylhexaneamine is classified as a Specified Substance, and therefore the presence of that substance in an athlete’s sample can result in a reduced sanction. Miller is also disqualified from all results obtained during the Masters Track Nationals, which began on July 26, 2011, as well as any other competitive results obtained subsequent to July 26, 2011, including forfeiture of any medals, points and prizes.

The game of cycling is noticing some bad examples for the game in the last few months. A few months back, seven-time Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong was stripped of all his titles and banned for life by the United States Anti-doping Agency. This was after the cyclist was accused by former teammates of using anabolic steroids, human growth hormone, EPO, cortisone, and other performance enhancing drugs during an illustrious career with the USPS cycling team. Floyd Landis, Taylor Hamilton, and Frankie Andreu said every one in the team knew that he was using performance enhancing drugs and Armstrong even once claimed that the UCI, governing body of cycling, has swept his positive test.

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Wednesday 17, Oct 2012

  Lance Armstrong’s Cat-And-Mouse Game

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Lance Armstrong’s Cat-And-Mouse Game

Disgraced seven-time Tour de France champion Lance Armstrong recently said he wanted to see the names of all his accusers. The U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) soon obliged him by giving him 26 names, including that of 11 former teammates. The agency even provided him with evidence of 200 pages filled with vivid details, from hotel rooms transformed into makeshift blood transfusion centers to the ex-wife of the cyclist rolling pills of cortisone into foil and handing them out to all the cyclists.

The agency remarked that Lance Armstrong’s desire to win at all costs was what made him go dependent on first EPO and then blood transfusions and other performance enhancing drugs like growth hormone and testosterone. He tried the biggest tricks in the game to run the most sophisticated doping program in cycling and had the habit of running from places whenever and wherever anti-doping team came to test him. From 1999-2004, Armstrong won the Tour as leader of the U.S. Postal Service team and again in 2005 with the Discovery Channel as the primary sponsor.

USADA accused Armstrong of depending on performance enhancing drugs to fuel his victories and more ruthlessly, to expect and to require that his teammates. Among the 11 former teammates who testified against Armstrong are Tyler Hamilton, Floyd Landis, and George Hincapie. The USADA report said Hincapie alerted Armstrong when he found drug testers at the hotel in 2000 after which Armstrong dropped out of the race to avoid being tested. The USADA also interviewed Toronto cyclist Michael Barry, Frankie Andreu, Tom Danielson, Levi Leipheimer, Stephen Swart, Jonathan Vaughters, and David Zabriskie besides Andreu’s wife, Betsy, who was one of Armstrong’s most consistent and unapologetic critics.

The report went to the governing body of cycling, UCI, and it also went to the World Anti-Doping Agency that also has the right to appeal but so far has supported the position of the USADA in the case against Lance Armstrong.

Recently, Canadian cyclist Michael Barry released a statement in which he admitted to taking performance enhancing drugs after feeling pressure to perform from the United States Postal Service Cycling Team.

Armstrong insisted that he never cheated though he find it easy not to fight the USADA charges than to save his reputation and integrity by contesting the charges levied against him. His 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. Herman, in a letter sent to USADA attorneys, said dismissed any evidence provided by Landis and Hamilton and said the riders were “serial perjurers and have told diametrically contradictory stories under oath.

USADA Chief Executive Travis Tygart said the cyclist was given the chance to take his case to arbitration and declined and rather decided to accept the sanctions in August. Once he decided not to contest the charges, the anti-doping agency stripped him of all his titles and banned him for life and now Armstrong’s bronze medal at the Sydney Olympics is also in the danger of getting lost. However, the International Olympic Committee will wait for cycling’s governing body to act on the doping case before it thinks about taking away his Olympic bronze medal from the 2000 Sydney Games

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Monday 01, Oct 2012

  UCI Swept Lance Armstrong Positive Drug Test

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UCI Swept Lance Armstrong Positive Drug Test

A British newspaper has reported that the world governing body of cycling swept a positive drug test of the seven-time Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong under the rug during the 2001 Tour of Switzerland.

The Sunday Times of London said the upcoming report by the United States Anti-Doping Agency explaining why it stripped Armstrong of seven Tour de France titles and imposed a lifetime ban on the famed cyclist is expected to be sent this week to UCI, cycling’s governing body. The newspaper cited sources familiar with the upcoming report by the USADA. According to officials of the anti-doping agency, the report will be released no later than October 15.

This report would also include affidavits from two riders who said Armstrong told them he had a positive test that was swept under the rug at the 2001 Tour of Switzerland. It would also have affidavit from another who has said Lance Armstrong told him that he can use his influence with the UCI to circumvent the anti-doping laws of cycling.

The explosive report by the USADA is believed be on the same lines as the steroid report submitted by Sen. George Mitchell prepared on behalf of Major League Baseball as it would be presenting evidence of widespread doping in cycling. However, this report is expected to go into greater detail (unlike the Mitchell report) about how team trainers, doctors, and other officials are playing a role in the performance enhancing drug scandal of cycling.

This report would provide details on the doping conspiracy that underpinned the success of US Postal Service, the world’s top cycling team, and its leader Armstrong, from 1999 to 2004. The report is expected to have testimony by former teammates of Lance Armstrong: Floyd Landis, Tyler Hamilton, and Frankie Andreu, all of whom have accused the cyclist of doping.

The U.S. Department of Justice official Mike Pugliese sat in on interviews of the USADA with witnesses and compared it to interview answers during a Justice Department investigation of Armstrong that was abruptly dropped in February, according to the writer of the story, David Walsh.

Former Sunday Times journalist Paul Kimmage is being sued by the UCI after he suggested that Lance Armstrong was protected, an action that has outraged fans of cycling.

The report also suggested that the governing body of cycling ignored several opportunities to investigate U.S. Postal, including one in the year 2003 when a team assistant named Emma O’Reilly said she was aware of many doping incidents of Armstrong and the team and allegations of cortisone by the cyclist that caused him to test positive during the first week of the Tour de France. The newspaper also reported that the US Anti-doping Agency cites an affidavit from a rider who says it was known in the team that Lance Armstrong used long-acting synthetic corticosteroid. According to this rider, Armstrong asked O’Reilly for make-up so the scar could be concealed that was caused by injections of EPO just before the 1999 Tour.

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