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Second Edition Cycling News, Friday, August 24, 2012

Date published:
August 24, 2012, 1:00 BST
  • WADA's Fahey: Armstrong's action "means the charges had substance"

    WADA president John Fahey gives an address at a symposium in Lausanne, Switzerland.
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    August 24, 2012, 8:39 BST
    Cycling News

    USADA now "has the right" to penalize him

    Lance Armstrong's decision not to contest the doping charges against him "means the charges had substance in them," World Anti Doping Agency president John Fahey has said. And the USADA, which brought the charges "now have the right to apply a penalty."

    On Thursday Armstrong said that he would not challenge the USADA's charges concerning doping over the years, but also said that he did not believe that the USADA had jurisdiction over him.

    "I am confident and WADA is confident that the USADA acted within the WADA code, and that a court in Texas also decided not to interfere," Fahey told the Associated Press. "They now have the right to apply a penalty that will be recognized by all WADA code countries around the world.

    "He had a right to contest the charges. He chose not to," Fahey said. "The simple fact is that his refusal to examine the evidence means the charges had substance in them. Under the rules, penalties can now be imposed."

    The USADA has indicated that it will strip Armstrong of all of his results since August 1998, including all seven of his Tour de France wins and the bronze medal he won at the 2000 Sydney Olympics. Fahey did not address this issue, saying, "Olympic medals and titles are for other agencies to decide, not WADA."

  • Bruyneel: “Unjust process” against Armstrong

    Team manager Johan Bruyneel has finalized Radioshack's 2010 roster.
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    August 24, 2012, 9:24 BST
    Cycling News

    Hopes USADA case against himself will be stopped soon

    Johan Bruyneel said that he was “disappointed” in the whole USADA case against Lance Armstong, and sympathized with his former star rider, who saw himself compelled to give up the fight against doping charges.

    “Today, I’m disappointed for Lance and for cycling in general that things have reached a stage where Lance feels that he has had enough and is no longer willing to participate in USADA’s campaign against him,” Bruyneel wrote on his personal website.

    “Lance has never withdrawn from a fair fight in his life so his decision today underlines what an unjust process this has been.”

    On Thursday night Armstrong said that he would not fight the USADA charges, but also said that he did not recognize their jurisdiction over him.

    Bruyneel was also named in the charges raised by USADA, and said earlier that he would go to arbitration over the accusations.

    “I hope that it will soon be determined that the case that USADA initiated against me should never have gotten as far as it has. Due to the sensitive nature of legal proceedings, I have been advised that it would be inappropriate for me to comment further at this stage,” he said.

  • David Walsh on Armstrong and USADA's charges

    Shades of Paris 2005. Lance Armstrong (RadioShack) addresses the crowd.
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    August 24, 2012, 10:12 BST
    Daniel Benson

    Disappointed that details won't come out in arbitration

    David Walsh, the author of From Lance to Landis and LA Confidential has welcomed the news that Lance Armstrong will not contest USADA’s charges relating to alleged doping offences during the Texan’s cycling career. Armstrong looks set to be stripped of his seven Tour de France titles, although the UCI may appeal that decision to CAS.

    “I’m pleased that it’s come to this and that he’s accepted the charges against him. I’m disappointed that it didn’t go to arbitration because that would have given us the details as to why this process was so necessary,” Walsh told Cyclingnews.

    “For me it’s a good day in at least that some guy who has been incredibly cynical has his just desserts. But the investigation should really be much deeper than Lance Armstrong. Who are the people who protected him? Are they still in cycling, are they still controlling cycling? Even the most neutral observer would say that cycling has been incredibly badly served by its leadership.”

    Walsh, who was sued by Armstrong in relation to his book LA Confidential, went on to explain that he feels no sense of vindication. Armstrong still denies doping during his career and despite a US court ruling otherwise, believes that the UCI should hold jurisdiction over the results management of sport. According to Armstrong, the actions of USADA amount to a ‘witch hunt’.

    “People have been saying to me for a number of years now, because it was perfectly clear to most intelligent people that Armstrong had been doping, and they asked if I felt vindication because I was accusing him for many years. I’ve never felt vindicated because I’ve never needed vindication in my life. I was never sure of anything more in my life than that this guy and his team were doping...

  • French cycling reacts: "Armstrong to lose Tour titles"

    Former Tour de France stage winner Samuel Dumoulin (Cofidis)
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    August 24, 2012, 11:05 BST
    Hedwig Kröner

    French cycling scene welcomes USADA actions, but deplores late outcome

    On Friday morning, Lance Armstrong's decision not to pursue the legal battle against USADA made headlines, and the immediate conclusion by the French media was that he will, in the near future, lose his seven Tour de France victories and be banned for life by the American Anti-Doping Agency. While the final outcome of the procedure still remains to be seen, the French cycling scene has reacted to the news, for the most part welcoming the new turn of events, but also regretting that it comes years after the American champion's most successful time.

    "It's simply too late", Gilbert Duclos-Lassalle, former pro rider from 1977 to 1995, told Europe 1 radio. "I'm not saying that he doped, or that he didn't, I'm just pointing out that his relegation comes too late. These doping affairs take too much time. It's a shame for cycling and for the Tour de France."

    Active bike riders also reacted to the news, such as Samuel Dumoulin (Cofidis), who tweeted, "Armstrong will lose his seven Tour de France titles. Does it change anything? It's just damaging cycling, once again. Our palmarès, nothing: It's too late!"

    Other people actively involved in the fight against doping in cycling welcomed the expected fall of the seven-time Tour winner, such as former French Anti-Doping Agency president Pierre Bordry. "The American Agency conducted a very long and efficient fight," Bordry told RMC Sport radio. "I salute its courage and determination. Armstrong had a lot of means to prevent those who wanted to control him, to do it correctly. Now, it seems that the case is settled. It was necessary."

    Other well-known observers of the sport, such as doctor Jean-Pierre de Mondenard, specialised in the fight against doping, were less enthusiastic. "The real question...

  • Armstrong case: Reactions from around pro cycling

    A dejected Lance Armstrong (RadioShack) explains his defeat at the stage finish at Avoriaz
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    August 24, 2012, 11:25 BST
    Cycling News

    Tweets and statements from the international scene

    Riders, officials and observers of the international cycling scene have started giving their reacitons on the USADA-Armstrong case.  Cyclingnews has gathered comments from a variety of sources, including personal Tweets.

    Steven de Jongh (pro rider 1996 – 2009, now directeur sportif at Team Sky): "By deleting Lance, the list of winners doesn't become more credible."

    Kathy LeMond (wife of Greg LeMond, Tour winner 1986, 1989, 1990): "Finally."

    Taylor Phinney (BMC Racing Team): "1 thing I will say abt @lancearmstrong is that he was integral in bringing this @USAProChallenge to life. And this race ROCKS. #usapro"

    Chiara Passerini (wife of  2011 Tour de France winner Cadel Evans):" Hang on a sec, does that means that Ulrich has won how many more Tours now?I thought they stripped the title from him once too..interesting!"

    Jan Ullrich, who would stand to benefit most if Armstrong loses his Tour titles, said that he hadn't particularly been following the case. “I know the order in which we crossed the finish line,” he told he dpa news agency. “I have closed out my professional career and I have always said that I am also proud of my second places.”

    Ullrich, who won the Tour in 1997, could be named winner for the 2000, 2001 and 2003 editions of the race. Despite having retired in 2007, he is currently serving a two-year doping ban and also lost all of his results from May 2005 on, including his third-place finish in the Tour that year.

    The director of the Dutch Anti Doping Agency, Herman Ram, said on Friday that USADA had the right to strip Armstrong of his...

  • UCI awaits next USADA step in Armstrong case

    The UCI
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    August 24, 2012, 12:21 BST
    Cycling News

    No further comment until USADA “reasoned decision” is issued

    The UCI will now await the “reasoned decision” which the USADA must issued as the next step in its anti-doping case against Lance Armstrong. Only then will the international federation have a further comment on the case, it said.

    In a statement issued Friday afternoon, the UCI said that it noted Armstrong's decision not to go to arbitration, and also that USADA is reported to have said it will strip Armstrong of his results since 1998 and give him a lifetime ban.

    The UCI cited the World Anti Doping Code article which “states that where no hearing occurs the Anti-Doping Organisation with results management responsibility shall submit to the parties concerned (Mr Armstrong, WADA and UCI) a reasoned decision explaining the action taken.”

    It went on to say that it “expects that it will issue a reasoned decision in accordance with Article 8.3 of the Code.

    “Until such time as USADA delivers this decision the UCI has no further comment to make.”

  • Geniez to FDJ

    Alexandre Geniez (Skil - Shimano)
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    August 24, 2012, 13:52 BST
    Cycling News

    Argos-Shimano climber joins French WorldTour team

    Alexandre Geniez will be riding for French team FDJ-BigMat next year, according to L'Equipe. The 24-year-old reportedly signed a two-year contract with the team directed by Marc Madiot, thereby stepping up from Dutch Professional Continental team Argos-Shimano into the WorldTour.

    The young climber has been appointed to help FDJ rising star Thibaut Pinot in the bid to further Tour de France glory. Geniez, who rode and completed the 2011 Vuelta a Espana, started his career in 2010 at Skil-Shimano, which this year became Argos-Shimano. Last year, he won a stage of the Tour of Austria, and got second at the Tour of Luxemburg.

    His departure from the Dutch team had been announced at the eve of this year's Tour de France, for which he was named on the long list of riders, but finally not selected.

  • Froome in 'perfect position' in Vuelta

    Chris Froome (Sky)
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    August 24, 2012, 16:07 BST
    Alasdair Fotheringham

    Sky leader waiting for major mountains

    Chris Froome (Team Sky) says that he could not be more pleased about the way the Vuelta’s first week has gone, which see him in second place overall, ten seconds down on overall leader Joaquím Rodriguez (Katusha).

    Rodriguez may have been the one that won the stage to Jaca’s Fuerte Del Rapitán, but Sky were making the running all the way on the climb. And as Froome told Cyclingnews at the start of stage 7, “there’s still everything to race for.”

    “I’m in the perfect position, tomorrow [Saturday into the Pyrenees] is more decisive than today [Friday], but there’s still everything to race for, it’s a very open race,” Froome said as he came down from signing on.

    Although very pleased about the way Sky’s Colombia climbers, Sergio Henao and Rigoberto Uran, made the race on the Fuerte del Rapitán, Froome doesn’t want to single out any individuals at this point. He’s pleased with all of his eight teammates.

    “The whole team has shown such strength, I’ve been really impressed by them,” he said. “It wasn’t at all easy bringing the whole team together for this race, but we did it, and when it comes down to crunch-time, they’re all there. I feel so privileged to be a part of it.”

    Four riders - Froome, Rodriguez, Valverde and Contador - appear to be the strongest so far. But Saturday’s stage into the Pyrenees, Froome feels, will be the first true key to seeing which riders are real favourites and which ones are not when it comes to the overall classification.

    “Once we’ve got this first chunk of the Vuelta out of the way, then we’ll have a much clearer idea,” he told Cyclingnews. “I’m not going to start naming...