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 charges, Armstrong has been immediately banned from competition in triathlons, a sport he took up after his retirement from cycling in 2011.
In the 15-page charging letter obtained by The Post, USADA made previously unpublicized allegations against Armstrong, alleging it collected blood samples from Armstrong in 2009 and 2010 that were “fully consistent with blood manipulation including EPO use and/or blood transfusions.” Armstrong has never tested positive.
- Some high profile Athletes CHEAT ------------- duh where is the story ? No surprises here at all . As long as we continually overemphasize , glorify , no make that deify these folks they will seek ways and means to feed their need for adulation , $$$$$ and notreity . Next story >
Life ain't a dress rehearsal: Spread enthusiasm , avoid negative nuts.
I agree with your sentiments, WARP. I can barely watch any mainstream professional sports anymore. I do watch bicycle and ski racing. I think the current "biological passport" program they have in pro cycling is probably the best anti-doping model and it seems to work. With that said, I don't think they are going to find Lance guilty of anything. If the UCI, with all of the Frenchies that are against Lance highly involved, didn't bring charges against him...I don't believe there they are going to find anything on Lance at this point.
I am interested in this story. Mostly why hasn't Lance been caught? EVERY SINGLE RIDER that shared the podium with him in the seven tour victories - that's 14 medals - 7 seconds and 7 thirds (I think it's nine (?) total riders) has been busted for cheating. And he BLEW the cheaters away.
And there are people who have testified to giving Lance injections.
How has he skated? Doesn't seem like cycling is that concerned (anymore) with "protecting" the riders.
Also why is this coming out now? Has LA pissed off the power structure?
I like the idea of having two divisions. Freaks in the doping division, and then a clean division. Then if you are caught cheating in the clean division penalty is death. Or maybe a lifetime ban from the clean division and all records get moved to the other division if they stand up.
I find it hard to care about this latest chapter of the Armstrong Saga. However, I would be pissed if I was competing at an elite level, not doping and constantly losing to competitors who turn out to be doping.
The minimum salary in AAA baseball is $2150/month. The minimum salary in the Major Leagues is about $80,000/month ($480,000 this season). Anybody wonder why there was/is doping?
Just did some looking into this. This is going to get ugly and cost us a shit ton of money. Mean while The Edwards case was tried in two weeks. Clemens case started before and is still going on. I think we are chasing the wrong things in this country.
Who cares if professional athletes take drugs. Frankly I don't mind it. All through out history players having been using things that could give them a competitive edge. Purist say it effects the games history. Any grade schooler who is visiting the hall of fame will be able to tell when technology in drugs increased performance.
If a biker can take drugs to make them stronger have at it. Think about the rating if/when someone is charging up the Alps and there heads blow up.
I like home runs. I like big hits. If professional athletes want to dope have at it. Playing field leveled.
If professional athletes want to dope have at it. Playing field leveled.
There certainly is that argument that by eliminating all doping rules that it levels the playing field.
However, it only levels the playing field for those that are willing to stop at nothing to have the best performance. It screws up the playing field because any professional athlete at all concerned with long term personal health and safety can no longer be competitive with those producing the best results. If forces top athletes that would be the best without enhancement to either be sub-par and barely competitive or risk long term personal health risks up to and including premature death. It isn't fair to those that don't want to live on the edge of death.
Regarding the Lance issue, I think it is trite. All of the top cyclists were doping to the extreme in the Lance era. Lance just never got caught (or at least never had an official positive result). Testing seems much better now and many teams such as Garmin are stepping up apparently very tight internal guidelines and codes of conduct with true zero tolerance policies (which likely means they provide enhancements up to the point that is legal). But that is today. Cycling during Lance's run... you just couldn't post top results without doping. So whatever. I see no point in hunting him down. All the top cyclists did it and it was just the way things were (perhaps it still is but to a lesser extent).
It's funny in some ways... if Lance is found guilty of doping and looses his TdF titles, they just go to other cyclists who have been found guilty of doping but just weren't ruled against for the years they were runners up in the TdF. That really gets silly. Time to move on and worry about what is happening right now and look forward instead of in the rear view mirror.