|Lance Armstrong finishing 3rd in Sète, taking over the Yellow Jersey at Grand Prix Midi Libre 2002 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)|
L'agenzia Americana antidoping ha rilasciato una dichiarazine nella quale si legge che sono pronti nuovi dettagli sull'assunzione di sostanza dopanti da parte del campione Lance Armstrong, detentore di ben sette titoli del Tour de France.
L'altleta ha detto che non combatterà più contro le decisioni dell'Agenzia Antidoping in quanto gli porterebbe via troppo tempo da famiglia e dalla sua associazine per la lotta contro i tumori.
Armstron è inchiodato dalla testimonianza del suo compagno di squadra George Hincapie, l'unico ad essergli sempre stato accanto durante le sette vittorie
Agency to Detail Doping Case Against Armstrong
By JULIET MACUR
Published: October 10, 2012
The United States Anti-Doping Agency is expected to release extensive details of its doping case against Lance Armstrong on Wednesday, likely including witness testimony from some of Armstrong’s teammates and former close friends.
The report will probably lay out the key evidence against Armstrong, who in August decided not to fight accusations that he had used performance-enhancing drugs and that he had helped run a systematic doping program on his Tour de France-winning teams. Armstrong, who denies having used banned substances, was subsequently stripped of his seven Tour titles and was barred from any role in an Olympic sport for life.
The dossier will probably include witness testimony from George Hincapie, the only rider to be at Armstrong’s side for each of his Tour victories. Hincapie, considered one of the most respected American cyclists in recent history, has not tested positive for doping and has never said he has doped.
Armstrong, who retired from the sport last year, rattled the cycling world when he said he would no longer contest the antidoping agency’s charges against him, bowing out of the fight because he said it would have taken too much of a toll on his family and his work with his cancer foundation.
The antidoping agency now must send its evidence to the International Cycling Union and the World Anti-Doping Agency because, under the World Anti-Doping Code, those entities have the right to appeal the decision to the Court of Arbitration for Sport. Once it receives the file, the cycling union has 21 days to appeal. The World Anti-Doping Agency has 21 days to appeal once the cycling union announces its intentions.
On Tuesday, Armstrong’s legal team tried to preemptively discredit Usada’s report in a letter to the antidoping agency’s lawyer, Bill Bock.
Timothy J. Herman, one of Armstrong’s lawyers, called the case a farce. “Usada, the prosecutor, now pretends to issue its own ‘reasoned decision,’ even though there was no judge, no jury and no hearing,” Herman said in the letter.
When Armstrong decided not to contest Usada’s charges, he agreed to forgo an arbitration hearing at which the evidence against him would have been aired, possibly publicly.
Though Armstrong is barred from Olympic sports, he has continued to compete in triathlons that are not sanctioned by USA Triathlon, the sport’s governing body, which follows the World Anti-Doping Code.
Armstrong, 41, won the SuperFrog Triathlon in California last month, and on Sunday he competed in the Revolution3 Half-Full Triathlon in Maryland, racing with a group of about 50 fellow cancer survivors.
According to a person with knowledge of Usada’s case, the riders who provided testimony include several top American cyclists of Armstrong’s generation. Among those are Levi Leipheimer, Christian Vande Velde and Dave Zabriskie — three riders who competed in this past summer’s Tour and have never said they have doped. The case file will probably include penalties that those riders might have received if they admitted to using performance-enhancing drugs or having blood transfusions.
Tyler Hamilton, one of Armstrong’s former lieutenants on the United States Postal Service team, has revealed some particulars of what he said was organized doping on the Postal Service squad in his book, “The Secret Race,” published last month. He said Armstrong, team management and team staff encouraged the use of performance-enhancing drugs, and at times administered those drugs.
To boost their endurance, the riders received blood transfusions together, Hamilton wrote. The use of EPO, the banned blood booster erythropoietin, was common, he said. Armstrong and his top teammates called EPO Edgar Allan Poe, or Poe for short, and Hamilton said Armstrong was “cavalier” in his use of it.
“Hey dude, you got any Poe I can borrow?” Hamilton asked Armstrong before the 1999 Tour, according to the book. “Lance pointed casually to the fridge. I opened it and there, on the door, next to a carton of milk, was a carton of EPO, each stoppered vial standing upright, little soldiers in their cardboard cells.”