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USA Cycling: Armstrong admission "an important step"

Cycling News
January 20, 2013, 20:36,
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Federation urges other cheaters to come forward

USA Cycling today issued a statement urging any riders who have "knowingly and willfully cheated" to come forward with information, "no matter how abhorrent" with the anti-doping authorities.

The federation's press release follows the public confession by Lance Armstrong, who admitted in an interview with Oprah Winfrey, that he doped to obtain each of his seven Tour de France victories. Armstrong, however, failed to name any other riders who were involved in doping or detail exactly how he eluded the anti-doping controls for so long.

"From USA Cycling's perspective, the recent series of confessions by Lance Armstrong and others is an important step," a statement read.

USA Cycling mentions the confessions which came as part USADA's investigations into doping at the US Postal Service team - Floyd Landis, Tyler Hamilton, George Hincapie, Tom Danielson, Christian Vande Velde, David Zabriskie, Levi Leipheimer, Michael Barry and Jonathan Vaughters all gave detailed testimony about their past doping offenses - saying they "cast a much-needed spotlight on what was the darkest era in professional cycling".

"These overdue admissions, and the resulting public scrutiny, are an essential step in ensuring the transgressions of the past are never again repeated. It is only through this process that professional cycling will completely heal."

The statement urges "any rider who knowingly and willfully cheated has an obligation to come forward now and be entirely open and transparent about their actions, no matter how abhorrent, with the relevant anti-doping authorities."

Currently the UCI is fighting against suggestions by USADA and WADA to create a "truth and reconciliation" panel that would allow riders to give details of their doping without receiving full punishment.

In his interview with Winfrey, Armstrong said he could not advocate the formation of this type of panel because he "lacks credibility", but said "if they have it, and I’m invited, I’ll be the first man at the door."

Not specifically mentioning Armstrong, USA Cycling's states it is "interested to see the extent to which those who cheated ... are now willing to reinforce their apologies with substantive efforts to repair the damage they have done, both privately and publicly.

"They owe nothing less to our great sport; to the members of USA Cycling who continually reinforce the highest values of our sport through their participation; and to the next generation of athletes worldwide who already have begun to usher in a new era through their commitment to clean competition and fair play."

USA Cycling itself has come under a cloud of scrutiny as the licensing federation for many of the US Postal Service team members, the agency of registration for the team, and its close association with former team owner Thom Weisel, who at the same time heavily funded USA Cycling through its development foundation, and who installed many of his wealthy friends on its board of directors.

Weisel was named in a federal whistleblower lawsuit, the filing of which was leaked by the NY Daily News this week. USA Cycling denied Weisel had any influence on anti-doping policy or the enforcement of anti-doping rules.

It stated that the money raised from Weisel and others "has been a key both to the tremendous growth of cycling as a popular recreational activity and to the reemergence of the United States as an international cycling power".

ellenbrook2001 More than 1 year ago
all become very complicated common give them a break??????????
Tom Dalton More than 1 year ago
Weisel will rent top floor of a nice hotel for everyone who fess' up.
DarkLord More than 1 year ago
This is a farce and a CYA move by USA Cycling, whose technical director and chief rules interpreter, Sean Petty, voluntarily gave Armstrong and his legal team an affidavit in support of Armstrong's ill-fated lawsuit in US Federal Court against USADA challenging its legal jurisdiction over Armstrong. USA Cycling through Petty had the audacity to suggest that because he raced abroad and that because PERHAPS the back of his U.S. issued pro license didn't have the same language as what the amateur members' of USA Cycling licenses contained (that being that we would all abide by and agree to the terms of USADA when racing) Armstrong was somehow beyond USADA's legal authority. What a bunch of sanctimonious hypocrites USA Cycling is now with this statement.
Michael Smith More than 1 year ago
The silence from the USAC has been deafining. They have certainely not done their job during the doping scandal.
outman More than 1 year ago
How can so many great riders come from the USA at the same time? Hamilton, Hincapie, Leipheimer, Vander weld, Landis, & Armstrong are all cheats! Ulrich, Condador, Baso, Scleck cheated as well, however the percentage of cheating American riders cast a shadow on the USAC. Many of the same rider and coaches are still there and saying the same thing; “the sport is clean”. Ya right! Lance, in his interview wants us to believe he rode the 2009 TDF with Leipheimer, Horner, Contador and Bruyneel clean? The old crew has new rules? Ya Right! I want to see something done, for example, 1.all races stricken prior to doping conviction, 2. a two year ban for all doping convictions, 3. A fine equal to 50% of all winnings to date! These may not be the best ideas, but something has to be done!
PhrediePhly More than 1 year ago
How bout USA Cycling coming clean, now that would be something!
DarkLord More than 1 year ago
This is a P.R. cover your a..s move by USA Cycling as their technical director and chief interpreter of USAC's rules, Sean Petty provided Armstrong and his legal team an affidavit in support of Armstrong's ill-fated legal challenge in the U.S Federal Court in Texas to USADA's legal jurisdiction over his doping case. USAC had the audacity to suggest that, unlike amateur members of USAC, Armstrong wasn't subject to USADA's rules because he had raced overseas and because his license, unlike the amateur's licenses, may not have contained language indicate he'd agreed to be subject to the UASADA code of ethics. It is complete sanctimonious hypocrisy to now make this P.R. statement.
DarkLord More than 1 year ago
I meant Sean Farrell, not Sean Petty
LaBici More than 1 year ago
Chris Carmichael > next > 2 > Oprah