USADA Quickly Bans Lance Armstrong and Recommends Tour Titles be Stripped

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Lance Armstrong tonight announced he would decline entering into USADA’s arbitration hearing to contest the doping charges levied against him. The charges accused Armstrong of using, possessing, trafficking and giving to others performance-enhancing drugs, as well as covering up doping violations. Armstrong who fought back from testicular cancer to re-enter the pro peloton and win seven straight Tour de France titles, declared Thursday night he was tired of fighting the doping allegations that had been following him most of his career. “There comes a point in every man’s life when he has to say, ‘Enough is enough.’ For me, that time is now,” Armstrong said in a statement Thursday night.

Travis Tygart, chief executive of USADA, upon being notified that Armstrong would not be fighting the charges against him, took it as an admission of guilt and acted swiftly. USADA, a nonprofit agency tasked with policing doping, quickly announced that Armstrong would receive a lifetime ban from competition, barring him from competing in triathlons, sanctioned bike races, or being affiliated in any form with organized racing and teams. The USADA would also go on to recommend he be stripped of his 7 Tour de France titles, forfeit all awards, event titles, cash earnings, and even lose his bronze medal from the 2000 Olympics.

‘It is a sad day for all of us who love sport and athletes,” Tygart said. ”It’s a heartbreaking example of win at all costs overtaking the fair and safe option. There’s no success in cheating to win.”

The debate over whether USADA has the power to strip the Tour title continues though. Tygart insists the UCI is “bound to recognize our decision and impose it” as a signer of the World Anti-Doping Code – a point Armstrong strongly disputes. The UCI, cycling’s governing body, backed Artmstrong’s view and could theoretically take the case before thew International Court of Arbitration for Sport.

Armstrong’s statement Thursday night did not admit guilt, but only that he would not fight the process. Defiant in his words, Armstrong continued to point to the hundreds of tests in and out of competition as proof he played by the rules and was never found to have cheated. “From the beginning, however, this investigation has not been about learning the truth or cleaning up cycling, but about punishing me at all costs. I am a retired cyclist, yet USADA has lodged charges over 17 years old despite its own 8-year limitation,” Armstrong said in his statement.

”Today I turn the page. I will no longer address this issue, regardless of the circumstances,” Armstrong continued. ”I will commit myself to the work I began before ever winning a single Tour de France title: serving people and families affected by cancer, especially those in underserved communities.”

By opting not to fight, a move somewhat out of character for the always fierce competitor, Armstrong gave up the opportunity to defend himself against the charges. Perhaps not wanting to play along, Armstrong had always viewed the charges as a an “unconstitutional witch hunt.” His only move was to not contest the charges. Instantly turning himself into a Martyr in the court of public opinion.

Cyclingnews.com is the authority on road racing. Below is a detailed list of their articles on the subject of Lance Armstrong and Doping.

US Postal probed and respond – November 8, 2000
US Postal: A case or not? – November 9, 2000
US Postal: more responses – November 10, 2000
US Postal investigation official – November 24, 2000
US Postal respond (again) – November 26, 2000
USA Cycling president hits out at French judges – November 30, 2000
IOC: Actovegin covered under blood doping ban – December 14, 2000
US Postal denies Actovegin use by riders – December 17, 2000
US Postal samples to be analysed – January 5, 2001
Lighter French focus for USPS – January 10, 2001
U.S. Postal Service presentation, Armstrong comments – January 27, 2001
US Postal samples requested – February 1, 2001
IOC reconsiders stance on Actovegin February 15, 2001
Legal wrangling blocks USPS blood tests – March 9, 2001
UCI to hand over US Postal samples – March 16, 2001
USPS Enquiry: Judge too slow – March 28, 2001
Armstrong threatens Willy Voet – June 20, 2001
Hopes that USPS enquiry will be completed within two months – June 28, 2001
David Walsh takes Armstrong to task over USPS enquiry – July 23, 2001
US Postal Service investigation could run into 2002 – October 17, 2001
No drugs so far in USPS investigation – October 27, 2001
US Postal investigation to collapse – February 7, 2002
US Postal investigation – Why? – February 12, 2002
US Postal dossier unlikely to be closed before Tour de France – June 5, 2002
French authorities to close US Postal investigation June 15, 2002
Armstrong speaks about USPS investigation – June, 2002
French authorities close the US Postal investigation September 3, 2002

New image challenge for Armstrong as LA Confidentiel pre-released June 14, 2004

Armstrong loses court case against LA Confidentiel publishers June 22, 2004
Simeoni nailed by Armstrong July 24, 2004

Tour champion under the microscope again – August 23, 2005

French resume pursuit of Armstrong – August 23, 2005
Accusations against Armstrong rock cycling – August 24, 2005
EPO test under scrutiny – August 25, 2005
Leblanc in favour of retrospective testing – August 25, 2005
Riding under the radar: How to ‘prepare’ for the big races
A can of worms: Ethics and privacy ignored
Jonathan Vaughters interview: No evidence of EPO at Postal
Armstrong on Larry King Live: Response to doping allegations
CPA supports athletes’ rights – August 26, 2005
40 positives in 1998 Tour, No action by USA Cycling against Armstrong – August 27, 2005
Ex-USPS soigneur speaks – August 28, 2005
L’Equipe puts more pressure on – August 29, 2005
UCI responds to L’Equipe – August 30, 2005
“History will show cycling at two speeds” says Madiot – August 30, 2005
L’Equipe denies witch hunt – August 31, 2005
Former Olympic head spears Armstrong, Hammond weighs in on L’Equipe – September 1, 2005
Hammond denies Simpson/Millar reference – September 2, 2005
L’Equipe journalist replies to criticism – September 4, 2005
New EPO test developed – September 5, 2005
Armstrong & Crow announce engagement; Lance back at Tour 2006? – September 6, 2005
UCI declaration over L’Equipe findings from 1999 Tour – September 9, 2005
Armstrong legal update: Anderson judgement; Le Monde defamation case – September 10, 2005
Three more names published from 1999 Tour – September 12, 2005
Schenk criticises UCI over Armstrong case – September 15, 2005
Pound: “Verbruggen was the leak” – September 16, 2005
Armstrong blasts WADA chief Pound – September 16, 2005
Verbruggen reacts to Pound statements – September 17, 2005
UCI doctor gave information to L’Equipe – September 18, 2005
UCI denies leaking Armstrong documents; Accuses WADA of blocking investigation – September 20, 2005
Lindner thinks more will come from L’Equipe – September 23, 2005
Olympic execs call for investigation & suspension of French lab – September 24, 2005
Rogge wants new investigation into Armstrong – September 25, 2005
UCI appoints independent expert for 1999 Tour samples – October 7, 2005
Steffen retracts – October 9, 2005
UCI investigator promises independence – October 11, 2005
UCI suspends medical officer over Armstrong leak – February 28, 2006
McQuaid confirms Zorzoli as UCI source of Armstrong documents – March 2, 2006
Zorzoli back in the UCI – March 28, 2006
Two more weeks for Armstrong investigation – May 14, 2006
UCI lawyer asks for Armstrong’s name to be cleared – May 31, 2006
UCI, WADA and Armstrong react to Vrijman’s report – June 1, 2006
L’Equipe stands by its story, UCI supports Vrijman’s findings – June 2, 2006
WADA slams the Vrijman report – June 3, 2006
UCI hits back at WADA – June 4, 2006
Lance Armstrong’s open letter against Dick Pound – June 18, 2006
Armstrong calls for Pound’s exit – June 19, 2006
LeMond: “Armstrong threatened my life” – June 26, 2006

Former US Postal riders admit EPO use

Former US Postal riders admit EPO use – September 12, 2006
Lance Armstrong’s statement on the Andreu confession – September 13, 2006
Andreu and Vaughters “gossiped” about USPS doping – October 16, 2006

Armstrong’s anti-doping testing program pending – December 1, 2008

Armstrong announces start of Catlin’s drug testing programme – January 18, 2009
Armstrong’s anti-doping tests pending publication – January 22, 2009
Armstrong parts with Catlin – February 12, 2009
Armstrong’s tests posted online – February 12, 2009
Armstrong and Kimmage face off in California – February 13, 2009

AFLD gives Armstrong a haircut – March 20, 2009

Armstrong embroiled in ‘shower-gate’ – April 7, 2009
Armstrong responds to AFLD report – April 8, 2009
Armstrong could face AFLD sanction – April 9, 2009
McQuaid says UCI will wait for AFLD decision – April 10, 2009
Armstrong ‘shower-gate’ closed – April 24, 2009

Landis drug Revelations? – May 20, 2010

Landis confesses to doping, implicates Armstrong and Bruyneel – May 20, 2010
WADA and UCI issue statements on Landis confession – May 20, 2010
Johan Bruyneel: Floyd Landis needs ‘help’ – May 20, 2010
Armstrong rejects Landis allegations – May 20, 2010
UCI rejects Landis’ accusation of concealed doping test – May 20, 2010
Video: Armstrong rejects Landis allegations – May 21, 2010
Team RadioShack reveal further emails from Landis – May 21, 2010
Two people named by Landis may co-operate with authorities – May 22, 2010
LeMond supports Landis in fight for clean cycling – May 22, 2010
Landis makes an appearance at the Amgen Tour of California – May 23, 2010
McQuaid acknowledges accepting Armstrong donation a mistake – May 25, 2010
Scope of US doping inquiry may be widened – May 26, 2010
UCI requests investigations into Landis claims – May 26, 2010
Biological passport expert taking Landis seriously – May 27, 2010
McQuaid defends UCI against Landis and Bordry – June 9, 2010
Investigation into Landis claims widens to include Interpol – July 6, 2010
Verbruggen labels Landis a nuisance – July 14, 2010
Ball could hold link to Armstrong probe – August 2, 2010
Holczer accuses Leipheimer of blood manipulation – August 4, 2010
Armstrong lawyer condemns “un-American” investigation – August 8, 2010
McQuaid suggests US Postal investigation sparked by personal vendetta – August 17, 2010
Former USPS doctor denies doping at team – August 26, 2010
Lance Armstrong on defensive in federal investigation – September 15, 2010
Howman suspects the Armstrong investigation could be as significant as the BALCO case – October 14, 2010
Popovych to testify in Armstrong probe – November 3, 2010
Popovych denies witnessing doping – November 4, 2010
Armstrong investigation extends to French police – November 17, 2010
Armstrong shrugs off FDA investigation – January 5, 2011
Frustration for Armstrong as questions arise – January 19, 2011
A summary of the Sports Illustrated Lance Armstrong investigation – January 19, 2011
Armstrong era ‘corrupt’ says ex-mechanic – January 23, 2011
Bruyneel dismisses Sports Illustrated accusations – January 24, 2011
Landis: It was either cheat or get cheated – January 31, 2011
Landis: It was either cheat or get cheated – January 31, 2011
Armstrong, Ferrari relationship probed in Italian doping investigation – April 15, 2011
Dr Ferrari offers to meet magistrate surrounding his links to Armstrong – April 26, 2011
Armstrong investigation progressing, but case is ‘solid’ – May 11, 2011
Hamilton says he saw Armstrong use EPO – May 20, 2011
Tyler Hamilton’s letter of confession – May 20, 2011
Report: Hincapie tells FDA Armstrong took PEDs – May 21, 2011
Betsy Andreu talks ahead of 60 Minutes show on Lance Armstrong – May 22, 2011
Ekimov denies Hamilton’s claims of Armstrong doping – May 24, 2011
Verbruggen says Armstrong “never, never, never” doped – May 24, 2011
Armstrong lawyers ready for Federal battle – November 11, 2011
Lance Armstrong inquiry concludes with no charges filed – February 3, 2012

Armstrong ‘not wasting any more time’ fighting doping allegations – May 16, 2012

Armstrong charged with doping by USADA – June 13, 2012
Armstrong and authorities comment on doping charges – June 13, 2012
USADA case against Armstrong could damage UCI, Ashenden says – June 14, 2012
Chris Horner: I don’t believe Armstrong cheated – June 14, 2012
Bassons and Simeoni say Armstrong probe is overdue – June 14, 2012
Bruyneel asserts innocence regarding USADA doping allegations – June 15, 2012
Armstrong frustrated by lack of information from USADA – June 16, 2012
Spanish doctor denies USADA doping charges – June 16, 2012
Armstrong attorneys respond to USADA charges – June 23, 2012
Doping charges recommended in Armstrong case – June 29, 2012
USADA has right to ban Bruyneel worldwide, McQuaid says – July 2, 2012
Legal opinion: Armstrong’s arguments against USADA – July 4, 2012
Armstrong files federal lawsuit against USADA – July 9, 2012
Armstrong’s federal lawsuit against USADA dismissed – July 10, 2012
Ferrari, Del Moral and Marti banned for life in US Postal case – July 10, 2012
Armstrong refiles lawsuit against USADA in Federal Court – July 11, 2012
McQuaid comments on USADA lifetime bans – July 11, 2012
Armstrong given 30-day extension by USADA – July 11, 2012
WADA expects ban of Armstrong associates to be accepted worldwide – July 11, 2012
Report: USADA has 38 Armstrong blood samples from 2008 to 2012 – July 13, 2012
Ferrari denies all charges and all knowledge of USADA case – July 13, 2012
Bruyneel to fight USADA charges – July 14, 2012
Senator McCain backs USADA investigation into Armstrong – July 14, 2012
Report: Livestrong lobbyist questions fairness of USADA case with Congressman – July 17, 2012
USADA calls for Armstrong lawsuit to be dismissed – July 20, 2012
McQuaid disavows UCI responsibility in Armstrong case – July 26, 2012
Del Moral’s lawyer claims doctor was banned for not giving evidence against Armstrong – August 1, 2012
UCI claims USADA has no jurisdiction in Armstrong case – August 4, 2012
UCI makes statement following release of court documents in Armstrong case – August 5, 2012
USADA does have jurisdiction over Armstrong case, says WADA – August 8, 2012
Martí’s lifetime ban suspended by USADA – August 9, 2012
Judge delays ruling in Armstrong and USADA case – August 11, 2012
Distict judge to dismiss Armstrong suit against USADA? – August 17, 2012
USADA makes final arguments in Armstrong case – August 17, 2012
Letter from USA Cycling included in Armstrong case – August 18, 2012
Judge sides with USADA in Armstrong suit – August 20, 2012
Judge issues stinging criticism of USADA in Armstrong case – August 20, 2012
Ashenden says: McQuaid must now help USADA’s investigation – August 23, 2012
Armstrong won’t fight USADA doping charges – August 23, 2012
Lance Armstrong’s full statement – August 23, 2012

 

About the author: Thien Dinh

Thien Dinh gained most his cycling knowledge the old fashioned way, by immersing himself in the sport. From 2007 to early 2013, Thien served as RoadBikeReview Site Manager, riding daily while putting various cycling products through its paces. A native of California, Thien also enjoys tinkering with photography and discovering new music.


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Comments:

  • Tim Hamewka says:

    The way I see it, if Armstrong was guilty of all these doping charges, they are also admitting that their testing methods are flawed since he has never tested positive. So what about all the other athletes who tested positive? Shouldn’t their records be cleared until a more reliable testing method is worked out. Who’s to say many of them aren’t innocent.

  • francois says:

    Sheez… hounded by doping every single day. I just hope those Little Leaguers are clean.

  • Crim Lawyer says:

    “Go F yourself.” is not the same as “Yes, your Honor, I committed the acts alleged in the written charges.” Not by a mile.

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