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Armstrong declines to cooperate with USADA

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Cycling News
Published:
February 20, 2013, 18:35,
Updated:
February 20, 2013, 18:57
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First Edition Cycling News, Thursday, February 21, 2013
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Testimony will wait for "international tribunal"

Lance Armstrong has decided to pass up an opportunity to cooperate with the US Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) in exchange for a possible reduction in his lifetime ban for competition, his attorney Tim Herman confirmed today.

Armstrong's legal team continues to challenge USADA's jurisdiction in the latest statement, but says Armstrong would be willing to work with an "international tribunal" if one were to be established.

"Lance is willing to cooperate fully and has been very clear: He will be the first man through the door, and once inside will answer every question, at an international tribunal formed to comprehensively address pro cycling, an almost exclusively European sport," Herman wrote.

"We remain hopeful that an international effort will be mounted, and we will do everything we can to facilitate that result. In the meantime, for several reasons, Lance will not participate in USADA’s efforts to selectively conduct American prosecutions that only demonize selected individuals while failing to address the 95% of the sport over which USADA has no jurisdiction."

USADA CEO Travis Tygart responded that his organisation will move ahead with its investigation without Armstrong, having provided the Texan with an opportunity to cooperate.

"We have provided Mr. Armstrong several opportunities to assist in our ongoing efforts to clean up the sport of cycling," read a statement from Tygart. "Following his recent television interview, we again invited him to come in and provide honest information, and he was informed in writing by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) that this was the appropriate avenue for him if he wanted to be part of the solution. Over the last few weeks he has led us to believe that he wanted to come in and assist USADA, but was worried of potential criminal and civil liability if he did so. Today we learned from the media that Mr. Armstrong is choosing not to come in and be truthful and that he will not take the opportunity to work toward righting his wrongs in sport.

"At this time we are moving forward with our investigation without him and we will continue to work closely with WADA and other appropriate and responsible international authorities to fulfill our promise to clean athletes to protect their right to compete on a drug free playing field."

While Lance Armstrong publicly confessed to doping in January during a two-part television interview with Oprah Winfrey,  Travis Tygart, who led the investigation which brought down Armstrong in 2012, considered the Texan's admissions as just a partial confession and invited Armstrong to come fully clean.

"His admission that he doped throughout his career is a small step in the right direction. But if he is sincere in his desire to correct his past mistakes, he will testify under oath about the full extent of his doping activities," Tygart said in a statement released after Armstrong's televised interview.

At various times during the USADA investigation, Armstrong was given the opportunity to confess, participate or challenge the charges, but he consistently refused to do so. Armstrong's counsel challenged USADA's authority to conduct the investigation, but WADA and the UCI ultimately sided with USADA and stripped Armstrong of his seven Tour de France titles and banned him for life from competition.

Following Armstrong's appearance with Oprah Winfrey, Tygart provided a final deadline of February 6 for Armstrong to confess under oath to USADA, but that offer was refused as Armstrong's legal counsel again challenged USADA's authority, opting for other avenues instead.

"USADA has no authority to investigate, prosecute or otherwise involve itself with the other 95% of cycling competitors," said Armtrong's attorney Tim Herman. "Thus, in order to achieve the goal of 'cleaning up cycling,' it must be WADA and the UCI who have overall authority to do so."

There seemed to be a shift in the Armstrong camp, however, regarding a confession to USADA. Armstrong and his counsel asked for a two-week extension to the February 6 deadline, which was accepted by USADA.

"We have been in communication with Mr. Armstrong and his representatives and we understand that he does want to be part of the solution and assist in the effort to clean up the sport of cycling," said Tygart. "We have agreed to his request for an additional two weeks to work on details to hopefully allow for this to happen."

chucknorris More than 1 year ago
what a prat
kom_n91 More than 1 year ago
?
70kmph More than 1 year ago
When is the federal deposition
TwelfthGear More than 1 year ago
A total chump
bikerbruce More than 1 year ago
Has Travis explained how he will clean up global cycling if Lance talks more?
Pat McQuaid Must Go More than 1 year ago
Probably hard for him to broadcast such details. Travis 'talking' to Lance's ex-teammates brought Lance down..... there would seem to be a fair chance that Lance 'talking' more would bring PMcQ and Hein down... which WOULD help clean up global cycling, IMHO.
bikerbruce More than 1 year ago
Does Travis have authority over UCI or would he need to pass the information along to someone else?
PeterMc More than 1 year ago
USADA have no jurisdiction to bring down anyone outside of USA licenced sports people. Otherwise they would be chasing Popovich and others from USPS. So how would they be able to bring down MCQuaid? Surely the absolute factual proof that they covered up Lance's abnormal readings and allowed a backdated script would have been enough for them to go after the UCI?
bikerbruce More than 1 year ago
That is what I thought. How is it that a US agency banned an Italian doctor? There are many questions about this agency's actions.
velogeek More than 1 year ago
And what about US sport, is it chopped liver? Armstrong started out as a triathlete on the American scene, and after that ran a pretty full domestic calendar with Motorola along with his races in Europe. He also raced in America during his comeback from 2009-11, no doubt collecting millions in appearance fees by doing so. USADA has every reason to take an interest in him.
bikerbruce More than 1 year ago
I was just following Travis. He said if Lance talks it will help in Travis's efforts to clean up the sport of cycling. He didn't limit his scope to USA. But Lance is banned from all sports for life, the other confessors have received their punishments. What more do we need to do to clean up cycling in the USA? Is Lance going to rat on club riders or is Travis in charge of cycling for the world?
SeventhSon More than 1 year ago
What more do we need to do to clean up cycling in the USA? Well, you can do your little bit by not worshiping Lance Armstrong. He doesn't deserve it, and he wouldn't give you the steam off his $h!t.
bikerbruce More than 1 year ago
I raced with him. I raced against him too. Didn't worship him. He just had a better motor than I. But I will follow your suggestion and take down my shrine to him and I'm sure USA cycling will instantly become a more clean and fair sport. Thank you, genius.
SeventhSon More than 1 year ago
If you truly believe it was Lance's better motor that beat you, then I understand why you defend him.
bikerbruce More than 1 year ago
Thank you, sincerely. It's not that I defend him, it's just that I know he is miserable. He, like so many epic characters in human history, is battling internal demons, which is what propels them to greatness with insatiable determination. He couldn't quit, and now it's all come crashing down; he is stripped, globally shamed, and banned from all sports for life. I believe for all his wrong-doing he has been punished adequately and for me to have one ounce of ire against him for anything ever, only hurts me.
Mike B. More than 1 year ago
I do not one more penny of our tax dollars spent on this case. Coming from New England as a racer since the late 80's,our cycling community has not been fond of Lance. Remember the Frankie Mac screw over? But we all jumped on the bandwagon for all those tours. Forgot all about the past on the surface. Not many of us in these parts were surprised about this. We are all heartbroken being fans of cycling. It hits home here due to the Tyler and Floyd connection as many of us raced together in the early days. Lance's penalty has been dished out. End of story. It is only the press that is keeping it alive. The clean up of cycling is well under way. Nothing will stop that and LA will have little to do with it ahead. Time to move on everybody. The best days are still ahead!
Bill Mick More than 1 year ago
Very well put Mike B.
Mike B. More than 1 year ago
Let's combine the cost of the investigation with the money given to the Postal Service all those years. It appears to me we have much bigger problems than LA including the medical situation I previously stated. I know! I've been spending the last 3 years trying to make a difference. Illness and all. Let's all of us start doing the same. I will tell you from experience, the system works if we use it. We are in a world of "takers" like Lance and we are the only ones who can change that. Search Mass. Lyme commission and you will see. Press conference next Thursday at Mass statehouse to release findings and I bet no press shows.Why? Because they are owned by the "takers". I'll put the soap box away now. till next time.
SeventhSon More than 1 year ago
Global warming? Who said anything about that?. Stay tuned and pay attention brother, it's only going to get worse for Lance.
epofuel More than 1 year ago
What are you talking about? Lance doesn´t have enough life left for them to go after him. He´ll stall it until the cows come home. Lance will get the last laugh, I´m telling you. Why is that? There is simply zero credibility anywhere, now. and Lance knows too much. If they really get to him he´ll make sure that others wind up in jail as well. You think Tygart is beyond reproach? Someone has some good dirt on him, and ultimately, if he doesn´t co-operate, I´ll bet he goes down, too. Just a hunch, but a hunch with some good reason behind it.
Pat McQuaid Must Go More than 1 year ago
Armstrong needs to ostracised now...from cycling, triathlons, all competitive sport in fact. He is being his old self...control freakery and setting the parameters where he wishes. He has been indulged with an extension to the original deadline...enough is enough! The international bodies have to forget about him and get on with their responabilites to the other thousands of athletes who deserve it!
reubenr More than 1 year ago
The guy is a pile!
Pignone Fisso More than 1 year ago
Por queee?!
andyd1950 More than 1 year ago
how many times can he say he'll be first to cooperate, while refusing to cooperate - jumped up, self-important... time he realised there are other people on this earth not just him
Alpe73 More than 1 year ago
Lance still has some swagger; good stuff, man!
TwelfthGear More than 1 year ago
No, he's a twit
noidea More than 1 year ago
Yep need to agree with both of you! He's a swaggering twit.
epofuel More than 1 year ago
No Twelfth Gear, he is a cunning man. We may not like him, but he´s not stupid. The whole sport was dirty. Why should Lance sell himself short? He has nothing to lose now, and can divulge information in exchange for a reduction in penalty. What is wrong with that? All the other ex posties did so and people seemed ok with that. The whole thing is no longer about right and wrong. It´s about "what can you do for me?" But it has always been that way, and always will be.
epofuel More than 1 year ago
And if nobody offers him a reduction in the ban, I can guarantee he´ll go to his grave with the details. Or, at the very least, he´ll write a very profitable book about it. And how can you fault him? The whole entire thing was corrupt...
mr. tibbs More than 1 year ago
"Lance Armstrong has decided to pass up an opportunity to cooperate with the US Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) in exchange for a possible reduction in his lifetime ban for competition" That's the first sentence in the above article. Did you not get that far before scrolling down to the comments? He certainly could have tried to get that reduction, and sources from NPR to the NYTimes have classified USADA's position as offering that reduction. But this comes later in the article, and (I think) explains why he's still stalling: "[he] was worried of potential criminal and civil liability if he did so."
noidea More than 1 year ago
Please........... spare me!
Chuck_T More than 1 year ago
I guess if you regard defering important decisions in your life to people in suits as swagger, then sure he's got it in bucket loads. Personally I would have thought "the boss" would find it emasculating.
epofuel More than 1 year ago
Look, reducing the ban to 8 years is not a serious offer. If Lance co-operates, he should at the very least get his ban reduced to six-months, right? I mean, Hincapie and Vaughters and the others got the same, after having confessed ONLY WHEN THEY WERE FORCED BY LAW. These guys doped their entire careers. George was totally involved in the whole Lance Armstrong doping scam, but he got away relatively unscathed, with a clothing company, a huge house in SC and a hot French wife, all thanks to doping. So, I think USADA is at fault. If they really wanted the information, they could have easily proposed a serious reduction in ban. 8 years is basically life, and one is not going to play ball that way. Lance has the goods and everyone wants to know them. He is totally within his rights to not talk. You´ve got to be off your rocker to think Lance is going to sell himself out for ´the good of the sport´. Hollow words if I´ve ever heard hollow words. And let´s face it. Lance is a larger figure than any of the suits at USADA. He holds the money and the cards. Ok, he is banned from sport, but that´s a detail which is only significant because he wants to race again. If not, he should tell Tygart to take a hike. Everyone else negotiated their way out of this, and it´s only justice that Lance can do the same.
joesub More than 1 year ago
Epofuel I put in a lengthy comment agreeing with you, but it was apparently censored, I mean moderated out. I appreciate your skepticism and common sense understanding of how things really work.
epofuel More than 1 year ago
Joesub, I have read your other views on this and agree with you. I am sure you´ll take flak for any positive response you right to my comments. It seems there are quite a lot of Lance Haters on here...which is absurd. But thanks for your support.
SeventhSon More than 1 year ago
Negotiate his way out of this? That train left the station yesterday epo. Lance is not going to get a better deal than what USADA offered him. Whatever happens now, pro cycling moves ahead without any help from Lance because of choices he made, not USADA. As the reality of those choices become heavier, look for Lance to turn against his squirming lawyer Tim Herman.
epofuel More than 1 year ago
Well, for your information, pro cycling is also moving forward with Valverde (doper who never confessed), Basso (doper who never confessed), Riis (confessed doper running team), Vaughters (confessed doper running team), Danielson, Zabriskie, Vandevelde (all confessed dopers who stole from clean riders), etc. So, do you see a tiny problem here, Seventh Son? Pro cycling is not going to move forward anytime soon. In fact, it´s become a meta-joke. USADA banned him. Fine. Now, they have to be ok with not getting any information. If they want info, give Lance a six-month ban like the rest. You know what? Lance, to my knowledge, hasn´t turned on anyone. He took the entire blame for his doping and refused to name names. You think he´ll turn on his lawyer? The Lance Machine turns on loyalty, however twisted that may be. Doesn´t mean you have to like or agree with Lance, but that´s how it works. Those who betrayed Lance went down. Those who didn´t were never bad-mouthed. You may hate that, but it´s true.
Alpe73 More than 1 year ago
Dang straight. Spot on, as usual, epofuel. Like your spirit .... refreshing change from the cheese chaser drivel spouted by some.
SeventhSon More than 1 year ago
The "Lance Machine" that "turns on loyalty" has never been on this track before, epo. It is headed toward a failing bridge while pro cycling is indeed moving forward with the new season. Lance may enjoy the support of people applauding his silence, but he cannot be pleased with where this legal road is taking him. Loyalties have already been tested and failed, with more to follow. You may hate that, but it's true.
Jack Kasza More than 1 year ago
WRONG AS ALWAYS EPO- THEY WERE FORCED TO TESTIFY FOR THE FEDERAL INVESTIGATION, NOT THE USADA INVESTIGATION. THEY WENT ON THEIR OWN FREE WILL. BIG DIFFERENCE. GET YOUR FACTS STRAIGHT BEFORE SLANDERING EVERY RIDER WHO HAS EVER THROWN HIS LEG OVER A SADDLE. WE GET IT. YOU HATE CYCLING. TRY CRICKET. YOU LANCE LOVERS ARE NOW JUST SOUNDING SAD.
Alpe73 More than 1 year ago
"THEY WENT ON THEIR OWN FREE WILL." Now, you're a real comedian! LOL
bikerbruce More than 1 year ago
Did EPO say who forced them? I think he knows the story. They didn't confess ever on their free will. They were forced then coerced. Unlike the Lance haters, whose searing hatred has fried their brains, EPO is able to see past the emotion to the complete injustice of it all. And moreover the irony of breaking the rules in order to punish a rule breaker.
PeterMc More than 1 year ago
Rofl..... THey went of their own free will.... Damn Coffee over keyboard again,,,, :( They were forced to by the Fed's, HELLO!!! Once you have admitted in Affidavit to the FEDS, it would be ludicrous to deny to USADA don't you think? Also, they ONLY CAME FORWARD OF THEIR OWNN FREE WILL once Hamilton had brokered a deal with USADA for the reduced sentences....... As to Lance lovers sounding sad... Sorry but those still burning his books and carrying so much hatred for HIM DESTROYING CYCLING obviously aren't reading everything that has happened since the reasoned decision.... May I remind you? Rabo Bank, TDM, F.Schleck, Chicken,
Alpe73 More than 1 year ago
You're losing your 'edge', man. Never too late to examine this from another perspective. C'mon, give it a try. :-)
Alpe73 More than 1 year ago
What you (or I) personally, think/would have thought about Lance's actions ... are irrelevant .... to 'the boss.'
noidea More than 1 year ago
Lance has been extremely active in attempting to manipulate public opinion thru the media. This being another attempt.
Almon Poole More than 1 year ago
He has to make sure he only gives information that does not conflict with the UCI's story...... This guy has not changed at all. We all must forget about him and any publications that keep running stories on him need to go away with him!!!
Charles Gormley More than 1 year ago
Guess what Almon, none of the other cheaters have truly changed either! And why would we want to forget about him? The depth of scope in his cheating certainly classifies as egregious, but if you have been keeping current on all of the stories about cheating in the professional cycling world, you very quickly realize that Lance Armstrong is not the only culprit. Rather, you learn that the problem is endemic in every aspect of the sport.
joesub More than 1 year ago
Almon why do you want Lance to go away? is it because deep down you don't want to know the truth? Is it because you can't handle the fact that once the truth is uncovered any last semblance of credibility for professional cycling will be washed away? I would understand if you feared losing the beloved sport of cycling once and for all after learning it was corrupt down to its very core. Now that Lance has confessed they should be afraid of what he knows. They want him to go away and pretend that he was the lone bad apple, but now too many people are skeptical of the riders, the teams, the doctors, the management, the race organizers and the UCI. If proof of their complicity in widespread doping is uncovered cycling will have to be radically changed in its basic competitive structure and organization. You can hope it isn't so, but the more that's revealed the more it appears that's exactly what happened.
epofuel More than 1 year ago
Joesub, Another voice of reason among the claptrap and Lance haters. Nobody wants to know the truth about pro cycling. Nobody. But the truth is all too apparent. Nice post.
Wallace More than 1 year ago
If you want to know the truth, read the reasoned report. It's all in there, UCI complicity, the bribes, etc. Also follow the Puerto trial, the Rabobank and wait for the Padua report. The facts about how wide spread doping is in the sport are all steadily coming out, through the various legal channels. But Lance doesn't want any part of that because Lance isn't interested in helping to clean up the sport, Lance is only interested in one thing: Lance.
kom_n91 More than 1 year ago
Streching...why do we need to clean-up cycling?
Alpe73 More than 1 year ago
Another TRUTH seeker! How cute.