I’ve gotten in trouble for stating my attitude about athletes and steroids. After hearing so many debunked indignant,tearful deniaplayers athletes who turned out to be guilty, I decided to take a guilty until proven innocent when any credible evidence is presented.

Dr. Charles Yesalis, one of the foremost experts on steroid use in sports,said that that he doesn’t see how any human could win the Tour de France without drugs.

For the foresable future,  when it comes to Lance Armstrong, I’m going with guilty.


Lance Armstrong faces fresh doping charges from USADA

By Amy ShipleyWednesday, June 13, 2:56 PM

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.

In February, the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Los Angeles ended a nearly two-year investigation into doping allegations involving Armstrong without bringing criminal charges. Armstrong’s former teammates Floyd Landis and Tyler Hamilton cooperated with federal agents in that investigation and publicly accused Armstrong of doping.

USADA is the quasi-government agency that oversees anti-doping in Olympic sports in the United States. It is empowered to bring charges that could lead to suspension from competition and the rescinding of awards. It does not have authority to bring criminal charges.

“I have never doped, and, unlike many of my accusers, I have competed as an endurance athlete for 25 years with no spike in performance, passed more than 500 drug tests and never failed one,” Armstrong said in a statement released by his publicist. “That USADA ignores this fundamental distinction and charges me instead of the admitted dopers says far more about USADA, its lack of fairness and this vendetta than it does about my guilt or innocence. Any fair consideration of these allegations has and will continue to vindicate me.”

USADA’s letter, dated June 12, alleges that Armstrong and five former cycling team associates — three doctors including Italian physician Michele Ferrari, one trainer and team manager Johan Bruyneel— engaged in a massive doping conspiracy from 1998 to 2011, and that “the witnesses to the conduct described in this letter include more than ten (10) cyclists . . .”

All of the six, including trainer Jose Pepi Marti of Switzerland and doctors Pedro Celaya of Luxembourg and Luis Garcia del Moral of Spain, face competition bans. USADA put all of the alleged violations in one letter, it stated, because it considers the six defendents part of a “long running doping conspiracy.”

The letter specifically alleges that “multiple riders with firsthand knowledge” will testify that Armstrong used EPO, blood transfusions, testosterone and masking agents, and that he distributed and administered drugs to other cyclists from 1998 to 2005. The letter alleges that numerous witnesses will testify that Armstrong also used human growth hormone before 1996.

“These charges are a product of malice and spite and not evidence,” Robert D. Luskin, Armstrong’s Washington-based attorney, said in a telephone interview Wednesday. “Nothing else explains the fact . . . they allege an overarching doping conspiracy among four teams over 14 years and Lance is the only rider that gets charged.”

Armstrong competed for the U.S. Postal Service team and later the Discovery Channel team from 1998 to 2005. In 2009, he rode for the Astana Cycling Team and on RadioShack’s team in 2010-11.

The letter further claims that Martial Saugy, the director of an anti-doping lab in Switzerland, stated that Armstrong’s urine sample results from the 2001 Tour of Switzerland indicated EPO use.

Saugy told The Post last year that Armstrong’s sample was merely “suspicious,” a designation that meant it could not be called positive. Further analysis with modern methods might bring clarity, Saugy said, but the sample no longer exists.

“We did not do the additional analysis. It will never be sufficient to say, in fact, it was positive,” Saugy said in an interview with The Post. “I will never go in front of a court with that type of thing.”

Luskin said USADA sent Armstrong a letter last week asking him to meet with anti-doping officials. Armstrong declined, believing USADA was not interested in his testimony but rather a confession, Luskin said. In its letter, USADA said “with the exception of Mr. Armstrong, every other U.S. rider contacted by USADA regarding doping in cycling agreed to meet with USADA . . .”

USADA Chief Executive Officer Travis Tygart could not be immediately reached to comment.

Though the World Anti-Doping Agency places an eight-year statute of limitations on doping allegations, USADA argues in its letter that evidence of banned acts outside of the eight-year limit can be losed to corroborate evidence within the limit, and the statute of limitations can be waived when the alleged violations were fraudulently concealed.

  • YNGController

    Who cares. I admire how he overcame cancer, but that’s about it with him.

    He seems like an arrogant asshat.

  • Matt

    I don’t know what he did as far as doping, definitely wasn’t steroids, but if the guys he beat were all doping despite his ball cancer still beat them. He must have been doing something.

  • a-dawg

    I agree with you too.

    To be clean and win 7 years in a row…in a sport where EVERYONE else is cheating…is basically impossible. The sport of cycling is perhaps the dirtiest sport in the world when it comes to blood doping and PEDs.

    Let’s look at the event itself….~2100 miles…over 22 stages…with 3, maybe 4 days of rest. Not to mention the 2 sections of the race that are considered the “mountain” stages. These “mountain” stages are ridiculous. They are off the charts as far as grading the difficulty of the climbs. And you usualy do these stages on consectutive days and the rides are between 75 and 125 miles each.

    This is perhaps the hardest event to win in all of sports (sorry Stanley Cup – I love you, but the Tour is a much more difficult event to win).

    There is NO WAY Lance Armstrong won this event 7 years in a row without a little help from the medicine cabinet. He says he is clean and has always passed his drug tests. But lets not forget Olympic athelete Marion Jones. She was tested all the time and passed every test. She was later tied into BALCO, who had high end PEDs that were not detectable by the modern drug tests. I’m sure Lance and his people had more money invested in cycling and were able to secure the best scientists to help him succeed in cheating.

    • Dan

      You said it better than I ever could have. And remember Lance’s trainer who found stuff in his medicine cabinet in Lance’s house?

  • Niblick

    John, I hear what you are saying but someone will always win a race. Regardless of whether they are cheating or not. But, the thing about Armstrong is that there is a lot of smoke surrounding him. I read where he has been tested over 500 times and has never failed a test. Can he be that good at covering up his doping? I find it hard to believe but I really don’t know. Too much controversy surrounds him.

    • John Steigerwald

      The takers have always been ahead of the testers.

  • imgreat95

    I think that cyclists probably ALL juice. But, as long as “we” still want to watch insane events like the Tour, they have to to compete. So, who cares?? Let them all Juice. This isnt like football where its making people bigger and faster and therefore hurting people. This is CYCLING for goodness sakes.

  • Chuck

    Whatever the hell Armstrong was taking to win all those Tour de France races, he should send a couple of vials to Pedro Alverez.