JUDGMENT DAY: UCI to rule on Armstrong


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Aug 12, 2001

UCI officials are set to announce their decision about the fate of Lance Armstrong in 3 to 4 hours time. Their own credibility is very much under fire.

The UCI will reveal whether or not it will impose a life ban on Armstrong and strip him of his seven Tour de France titles -- or reject the findings.

Armstrong's reputation as the cancer survivor who claimed a record seven consecutive Tour de France victories is now in tatters. If the UCI does not support USADA's recommendations, the case could be decided by the Court of Arbitration for Sport in Lausanne, Switzerland. USADA Documents
Following is a list of the top-three finishers in the Tour de France between 1999 and 2005:
1999: Lance Armstrong, USA Alex Zuelle, Switzerland Fernando Escartin, Spain 2000: Lance Armstrong Jan Ullrich, Germany Joseba Beloki, Spain 2001: Lance Armstrong Jan Ullrich Joseba Beloki 2002: Lance Armstrong Joseba Beloki Raimondas Rumsas, Lithuania 2003: Lance Armstrong Jan Ullrich Alexandre Vinokourov, Kazakhstan 2004: Lance Armstrong Andreas Kloeden, Germany Ivan Basso, Italy 2005: Lance Armstrong Ivan Basso Jan Ullrich
He has been stripped and banned.


GENEVA – Cycling legend Lance Armstrong's fall from grace was completed Monday, when the sport's governing body stripped him of all seven Tour de France titles and banned him for life on the heels of a damning report from U.S. officials that concluded he cheated throughout his career.
The 41-year-old cancer survivor's unprecedented dominance in the grueling sport can now be stricken from the record books, though Armstrong continues to insist he never cheated. The announcement came Monday morning, and was based on a report from the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency that accused Armstrong of leading a massive doping program on his teams.
The report included testimony from several former teammates who competed alongside Armstrong as he won the sport's most coveted title every year from 1999 to 2005. Tour de France director Christian Prudhomme has said the race will have no official winners for those years.
USADA said Armstrong should be banned and stripped of his Tour titles for "the most sophisticated, professionalized and successful doping program that sport has ever seen" within his U.S. Postal Service and Discovery Channel teams. International Cycling Union President Pat McQuaid announced that the federation accepted the USADA's report on Armstrong and would not appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

"I've been better, but I've also been worse." - Lance Armstrong, speaking to cyclists on Sunday

The USADA report said Armstrong and his teams used steroids, the blood booster EPO and blood transfusions. The report included statements from 11 former teammates who testified against Armstrong.
Armstrong denies doping, saying he passed hundreds of drug tests. But he chose not to fight USADA in one of the agency's arbitration hearings, arguing the process was biased against him. Former Armstrong team director Johan Bruyneel is also facing doping charges, but he is challenging the USADA case in arbitration.
On Sunday, Armstrong greeted about 4,300 cyclists at his Livestrong charity's fundraiser bike ride in Texas, telling the crowd he's faced a "very difficult" few weeks.
"I've been better, but I've also been worse," Armstrong, a cancer survivor, told the crowd.
While drug use allegations have followed the 41-year-old Armstrong throughout much of his career, the USADA report has badly damaged his reputation. Longtime sponsors Nike, Trek Bicycles and Anheuser-Busch have dropped him, as have other companies, and Armstrong also stepped down last week as chairman of Livestrong, the cancer awareness charity he founded 15 years ago after surviving testicular cancer which spread to his lungs and brain.
Armstrong's astonishing return from life-threatening illness to the summit of cycling offered an inspirational story that transcended the sport. However, his downfall has ended "one of the most sordid chapters in sports history," USADA said in its 200-page report published two weeks ago.
Armstrong has consistently argued that the USADA system was rigged against him, calling the agency's effort a "witch hunt."
If Armstrong's Tour victories are not reassigned there would be a hole in the record books, marking a shift from how organizers treated similar cases in the past.
When Alberto Contador was stripped of his 2010 Tour victory for a doping violation, organizers awarded the title to Andy Schleck. In 2006, Oscar Pereiro was awarded the victory after the doping disqualification of American rider Floyd Landis.
USADA also thinks the Tour titles should not be given to other riders who finished on the podium, such was the level of doping during Armstrong's era.
The agency said 20 of the 21 riders on the podium in the Tour from 1999 through 2005 have been "directly tied to likely doping through admissions, sanctions, public investigations" or other means. It added that of the 45 riders on the podium between 1996 and 2010, 36 were by cyclists "similarly tainted by doping."
The world's most famous cyclist could still face further sports sanctions and legal challenges. Armstrong could lose his 2000 Olympic time-trial bronze medal and may be targeted with civil lawsuits from ex-sponsors or even the U.S. government. (let's just leave it at that)
In total, 26 people -- including 15 riders -- testified that Armstrong and his teams used and trafficked banned substances and routinely used blood transfusions. Among the witnesses were loyal sidekick George Hincapie and convicted dopers Tyler Hamilton and Floyd Landis.
USADA's case also implicated Italian sports doctor Michele Ferrari, depicted as the architect of doping programs, and longtime coach and team manager Bruyneel.
Ferrari -- who has been targeted in an Italian prosecutor's probe -- and another medical official, Dr. Luis Garcia del Moral, received lifetime bans.
Bruyneel, team doctor Pedro Celaya and trainer Jose "Pepe" Marti opted to take their cases to arbitration with USADA. The agency could call Armstrong as a witness at those hearings.
Bruyneel, a Belgian former Tour de France rider, lost his job last week as manager of the RadioShack-Nissan Trek team which Armstrong helped found to ride for in the 2010 season.
Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/sports/2012/10/22/decision-day-for-lance-armstrong/#ixzz2A2ZgRSUK
Having watched that interview by the UCI, I'm more convinced than ever that Pat McQuaid is a ****ing lying ******.
The UCI President being the liar and chancer that he is has tried throughout that press conference to try to create the impression that what was going on at USPS/Discovery is a long time ago.

At around 8 minutes he waffles on about how the UCI was always intent - even when it didn't have the funds/expertise in early 2000's - to support the war on doping.
That statement is an out and out lie.
If the UCI were intent on the war against doing, why were the UCI along with Tennis, the only international federations who were not prepared to sign up to the WADA/IOC protocols before 2004 Olympic Games in Athens?
Why were the UCI against the introduction of the urine/EP tests and their introduction?

Why did the UCI hire Emile Vrijman to write a report attempting to undermine WADA in 2005/6?
Those of you who read Vrijman's ******** report will recall that it was an attempt to undermine the rEPO test, rEPO test procedures, and it was a concerted attempt to undermine the credibility of an accredited laboratory doing work in the fight against doping.
How can a liar like McQuaid contend that the UCI were in the fore front of anti doping when Vrijam was commissioned to do this hatchet job after McQuaid was elected UCI President?

Here is WADA's rebuttal of Vrijam.

At 38 minutes, McQuaid lists the riders caught doping during his reign as UCI head bottle washer.
McQuaid seeks praise for busting dopers and claims that the "culture of doping has since changed"!
Pull the other one.

At 42 minutes again McQuaid tries to suggest that there was no cover up of a positive result by the UCI at 2001 Tour of Switzerland.

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