Floyd Landis: 'I Saw Lance Armstrong Using Drugs'

By Wanderer · Jul 24, 2010 · ·
  1. Wanderer
    LOS ANGELES -- The Floyd Landis vs. Lance Armstrong battle of words took another step Friday when in his first television interview since admitting his own performance-enhancing drug use, Landis said that he saw his former cycling teammate and friend use drugs and receive blood transfusions during races.

    "Rather than go into the entire detail of every single time I've seen it, yes," Landis told ABC's "Nightline" in an interview scheduled to run Friday night. "I saw Lance Armstrong using drugs."

    Landis said that Armstrong has used performance-enhancing drugs throughout his career and has also transfused his own blood, a banned practice that gives athletes an advantage by increasing their red blood cell count and, therefore, their endurance.

    Tim Herman, Armstrong's lawyer, denied the allegations.

    "Landis is a confessed perjurer and he is a liar, and I think, as Lance said ... when you taste milk to see if it's sour, you take a first taste and you don't have to drink the whole carton to know it's all sour," Herman told ESPN.com.

    For years, Landis denied that he used performance-enhancing drugs but earlier this year, he changed his story in a series of e-mails to cycling and anti-doping officials implicating dozens of other athletes including Armstrong, team management and owners, and officials of the sport's national and international governing bodies.

    Landis told ESPN.com that "I don't feel guilty at all about having doped. I did what I did because that's what we [cyclists] did and it was a choice I had to make after 10 years or 12 years of hard work to get there, and that was a decision I had to make to make the next step. My choices were, do it and see if I can win, or don't do it and I tell people I just don't want to do that, and I decided to do it."

    Landis was asked during the television interview if he considers Armstrong, a multiple-Tour de France winner, a "fraud."

    "Well, it depends on what your definition of fraud is," Landis answered. "I mean it, look, if he didn't win the Tour, someone else that was doped would have won the Tour. In every single one of those Tours."

    7/23/2010 8:45 PM ET
    By FanHouse Staff

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  1. enquirewithin
    Lance Armstrong was at the heart of the biggest doping conspiracy in sports history when he won the Tour de France seven years in a row, a US Anti-Doping Agency report said.

    USADA submitted a report to the International Cycling Union and World Anti-Doping Agency on why it banned Armstrong for life in August and released more than 1,000 pages of evidence from its probe of doping in cycling, AFP reports.

    “Lance Armstrong did not merely use performance-enhancing drugs. He supplied them to his teammates,'' the report said. “He was not just a part of the doping culture on his team. He enforced and re-enforced it.''

    Evidence included testimony from 11 of Armstrong's former US Postal cycling teammates, an expert's finding that Armstrong blood changes indicated doping and documents showing a payment to doping-linked doctor Michele Ferrari.

    “The evidence of the US Postal Service Pro Cycling Team-run scheme is overwhelming,'' USADA chief executive Travis T Tygart said.

    “The evidence shows beyond any doubt that the US Postal Service Pro Cycling Team ran the most sophisticated, professionalized and successful doping program that sport has ever seen.''

    Eyewitness testimony of Armstrong taking EPO and testosterone and having blood transfusions came from such former teammates as Tyler Hamilton and Floyd Landis, admitted dope cheats, and George Hincapie, who confessed yesterday that he took performance-enhancing drugs.

    Other former Armstrong teammates who testified include Frankie Andreu, Michael Barry, Tom Danielson, Levi Leipheimer, Stephen Swart, Christian Vande Velde, Jonathan Vaughters and David Zabriskie.

    Tygart said the program was designed to evade detection as well as pressure athletes into taking drugs and maintain a “code of silence'' about activities.

    “We hope the sport will use this tragedy to prevent it from ever happening again,'' Tygart said.

    USADA also cites e-mails, scientific data and financial records, included more than US$1 million in documented payments from Armstrong to a Swiss company run by Ferrari, who purportedly advised him on doping.

    A medical expert said changes in Armstrong's red blood cell count between samples taken at the 2009 and 2010 Tour de France races and during his earlier run of victories would naturally occur in less than one person in a million.

    “The evidence in the case is beyond strong,'' the report said. “It is as strong as or stronger than that presented in any case brought by USADA.''

    Armstrong was banned for life by USADA and stripped of his seven Tour de France triumphs from 1999-2005 after declining the chance to challenge the doping charges against him before a USADA arbitration panel.

    Armstrong, who has denied any wrongdoing, said he was weary of years of allegations against him and tired of fighting, instead hoping to focus on his Livestrong foundation and anti-cancer fundraising activities.

    “We weren't about to go through another year like the last two years dealing with the emotional and financial stress on Lance,'' Armstrong attorney Tim Herman said.

    The decision not to press ahead with a defense against the charges and confront the witnesses and evidence against him came after Armstrong lost a legal fight in US court to challenge USADA's system of hearing doping appeals.

    “I'm not suggesting that they are all lying, but I am suggesting that each witness needs to have confrontation and cross-examination to test the accuracy of their information,'' Herman said.

    Tygart noted that “Lance Armstrong was given the same opportunity to come forward and be part of the solution. He rejected it.''

    Herman attacked the credibility of USADA's findings, noting a federal probe ended with no charges filed against Armstrong, although USADA said it received no evidence from that investigation and was not seeking violations of law.
    Herman also renewed Armstrong's objections to USADA's appeal system to a US arbitration panel and the Court of Arbitration for Sport, saying the inability to appeal to the US court system rather than CAS was “diabolical.''

    “The process is completely rigged. I don't care what Travis Tygart says,'' Herman said. “Christians dealing with the lions in Rome had a better record than athletes dealing with USADA. It's a rigged system.''

  2. enquirewithin
    The 2012 Tour de France winner, Bradley Wiggins, says he is "shocked at the scale of the evidence" against Lance Armstrong, who has been described by the US Anti-Doping Agency as "a serial drugs cheat".

    Armstrong was stripped of his seven Tour de France titles by Usada and banned from the sport for life after the organisation claimed, based partly on the evidence of 11 fellow cyclists, that he orchestrated "the most sophisticated, professional and successful doping programme that sport has ever seen".[imgl=red]http://www.drugs-forum.com/forum/attachment.php?attachmentid=28949&stc=1&d=1350047161[/imgl]

    The American denies all the allegations but Wiggins told Sky News: "It's pretty damning stuff. It is pretty jaw-dropping the amount of people who have testified against him. It is certainly not a one-sided hatchet job, it is pretty damning. I am shocked at the scale of the evidence.

    "I have been involved in pro cycling for a long time and I realise what it takes to train and win the Tour de France. I'm not surprised by it … I had a good idea what is going on.

    "It's not about Armstrong, it's about the culture of the sport for so many years. I was fortunate that I was in a system in British Cycling that, regardless what team I was in, they supported me with the right way to deal with it. They probably saved me otherwise it might have been me, who knows. The peer pressure is huge. But the culture has changed."

    Cheating was said to be rife in cycling when Armstrong competed but Wiggins was not about to sympathise with the 41-year-old Texan.

    Britain's first Tour de France winner continued: "Not really. My main concern is that I am standing here as the winner of the Tour de France after a summer where we have won how many Olympic gold medals? I've lost count …

    "We are the ones picking these pieces up. For me it is about moving forward and not looking back any more to what happened 10, 15 years ago. It always is [frustrating answering questions about drugs cheats]. It is not something which sits easily. Everyone knows where we stand on that, it is about looking forward. We are one of the most successful sports for catching people.

    "I don't think that is relevant to what we are doing today. What we are doing today is setting the example for our sport."

    Press Association -guardian.co.uk, Thursday 11 October 2012 21.39 BST
  3. talltom
    It seems to me that in cycling and other sports it's not how good an athlete you are, using just your own muscles, but how good a chemist, developing the best compounds to enhance your performance and avoid detection. Despite all the recent publicity about Lance, I'm sure this practice will continue.
  4. enquirewithin
    (CNN) -- For years, Lance Armstrong carried a growing burden of doping accusations up increasingly steep hills, accumulating fans, wealth and respect along the way. On Wednesday, he crashed.

    In one day, the renowned cyclist and cancer survivor lost a major endorsement deal with Nike -- once worth millions of dollars -- and the chairmanship of the cancer charity he founded 15 years ago.
    While stepping down as chairman of Livestrong was Armstrong's idea, losing Nike's support wasn't.

    Nike, which initially stood by Armstrong, dropped him Wednesday with a terse statement citing what it called "seemingly insurmountable evidence" that he participated in doping. Hours later, brewery giant Anheuser-Busch followed suit, saying it will let Armstrong's contract expire at the end of the year. Nike and Anheuser-Busch said they still plan to support Livestrong and its initiatives.

    The American Cancer Society, which has had a long relationship with Armstrong, said only that it would continue to collaborate with Livestrong. Armstrong walked away as chairman of the Livestrong cancer charity "to spare the foundation any negative effects as a result of controversy surrounding my cycling career," according to a statement posted to the group's website. He will remain on the charity's board of directors, but he will turn over the reins to founding chairman Jeff Garvey.

    The move comes a week after the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency detailed what it called "overwhelming" evidence of Armstrong's involvement as a professional cyclist in "the most sophisticated, professionalized and successful doping program."

    The seven-time Tour de France winner has consistently denied the claims, and legions of fans and corporate supporters had backed him -- until now.

    Armstrong founded the Livestrong charity in 1997 after his own successful treatment for testicular cancer that had spread to his brain and lungs. He came back from the disease seemingly stronger than ever, winning the first of his seven Tour de France titles less than three years after he was diagnosed in 1996.
    His success inspired cancer patients worldwide, spreading his reach far beyond the insular world of cycling and cementing his place in celebrity culture. He became rich, dated a rock star and appeared in movies. The bright yellow "LIVESTRONG" wristbands distributed by his charity became a potent symbol for perseverance in the face of adversity.

    People should look to that legacy in assessing Armstrong, Livestrong's president said. "Lance's devotion to serving others whose lives were irrevocably changed by cancer, as his was, is unsurpassable," Doug Ulman said in a statement issued after Wednesday's announcement. "We are incredibly proud of his record as an advocate and philanthropist and are deeply grateful that Lance and his family will continue to be actively involved with the Foundation's advocacy and service work."

    But a long chain of accusations has trailed Armstrong. In 2002, a 21-month investigation into allegations that Armstrong's team used banned substances during the 2000 Tour de France closed after finding no evidence of illegal drug use.
    He later sued the author of a book that accused him of having used performance-enhancing drugs and the International Cycling Union cleared him of 1999 doping allegations in a 2006 report.
    In 2010, former teammate Floyd Landis accused him of doping. Federal prosecutors also looked into the allegations but closed their case in Feburary without pressing charges. That's when USADA began its investigation.

    In its report, released last week, the anti-doping agency made public testimony from Armstrong's teammates and others who said Armstrong was among team members who used banned performance-enhancing substances and tried to hide it from testing officials.

    The report is part of USADA's request to international cycling officials to strip Armstrong of his seven Tour de France titles. The International Olympic Committee is also reviewing the evidence and could consider revoking Armstrong's bronze medal from the 2000 Sydney games. Armstrong is already banned from competing in events sanctioned by U.S. Olympic governing bodies.

    Armstrong has said he never has failed a drug test and has consistently denied participating in any banned practices. Armstrong's lawyer, Tim Herman, called the report last week a "one-sided hatchet job" and a "government-funded witch hunt." He did not return a call on Wednesday.

    So far, Armstrong's woes haven't affected the charity's ability to raise money, according to Livestrong spokeswoman Katherine McClane. Donations to the charity have actually boomed since August, when Armstrong announced he was ending his legal fight to stop USADA's investigation, she said last week.
    That's because, according to McClane, the charity's main audience -- cancer patients and their families -- isn't troubled by Armstrong's woes.

    "The last thing that's going to enter your mind is news from the cycling world," McClain said Wednesday. According to Livestrong, Armstrong has helped raise nearly $500 million, including $6.5 million of his own, for cancer research, treatment and support in his role as Livestrong founder and has helped "dispel the stigma and misconceptions about the disease."

    Livestrong will need to find a new way to present itself to the world without Armstrong as its face, said Eric Martin, a partner with Boost Partners, a Richmond, Virginia, strategic consulting firm.
    How? Focus on "real-world heroes who have faced down cancer while loving a sport more than the spotlight," Martin said.
    "At this point, what they need to do is re-establish the authenticity of their cause and the way to do that, in my opinion, is to reconnect with what people really admire in their heroes," Martin said.

    Howard Bragman, an expert in crisis communications and vice chairman of Reputation.com, an online reputation management company in Los Angeles, said the future of Livestrong is uncertain.

    "I personally hope that Livestrong is stronger than Lance Armstrong because they have done -- and continue to do -- amazing work for people with cancer," he told CNN in a telephone interview. But he said he had little doubt that the impact on Armstrong would be devasating. "It doesn't get any worse than this, OK?" he told CNN in a telephone interview. "Imagine losing the prestige of all your Tour de France titles, millions in endorsements, stepping down from the organization he loves and founded, that's been his public mission -- and, possibly the worst thing of all, which is public humiliation."

  5. Rob Cypher
    Lance Armstrong offered bribes to fellow cyclists in Philadelphia race and others

    Lance Armstrong, the now-disgraced cycling legend, offered bribes to competitors in a series of 1993 races, including one in Philadelphia, in order to win a $1 million bonus, according to allegations in court documents uncovered by the Australian Broadcasting Corp.

    The network said the allegation came from a sworn deposition given by New Zealand cyclist Steven Swart in Armstrong's 2006 lawsuit against a Dallas-based insurance company. SCA Promotions, Armstrong contended, failed to make a promised $5 million bonus payment after the American cyclist won his sixth Tour de France.

    Swart alleged that Armstrong offered an opponent $50,000 to help fix the CoreStates U.S. Pro Cycling race in Philadelphia as well as events in Pittsburgh and West Virginia. The bonus was offered for anyone capturing all three, which Armstrong did.

    Armstrong, who this week resigned from his charitable foundation and lost a lucrative Nike endorsement deal in the fallout over charges that he used performance-enhancing substances, has denied the allegations.

    Phil Anderson, an Australian cyclist who Swart contended witnessed the bribe's being made, told the network he did not recall it.

    "I can't remember an offer," Anderson recently told a network reporter. "I mean that's a few years ago. I don't recall any meeting."

    Armstrong won the Pittsburgh race and was leading late in the West Virginia event, which ran for five days.

    "Prior to its finish, we were approached to, to obviously help them, well basically not help them, but to not attack them," Swart said in filmed testimony.

    Asked if that meant to allow him to win, Swart, then a member of the Coors team, said it did.

    According to Swart, the first contact was made by a member of Armstrong's Motorola team to one of his Coors teammates. The two men then men met with Armstrong and Anderson in the latter two's hotel room.

    They were offered $50,000 "if we didn't be aggressive and challenge for the rest of the race and obviously for the final race in Philadelphia."

    The riders, Swart said, agreed to keep it quiet because such a thing wasn't "ethical . . . in the sporting arena."

    Swart emphasized in his testimony, the network said, that Armstrong probably would have won all three races anyway.

    "So as far as I was concerned," he said, "I was walking away with a bonus."

    Swart said the $50,000 was distributed among members of the Coors team.

    In an accompanying sworn affidavit from October 2004, Swart said: "We accepted the offer because we considered it to be a good deal for our team. . . . Of course, our agreement had to remain confidential because the bonus of $1 million was guaranteed by an insurance company, and if our deal had become known, the insurance company would have refused to pay, on the basis that it had been defrauded by the arrangement."

    Anderson said the $1 million bonus was eventually split among Armstrong's team members.

    "It was like a lottery, so if you want to take all in cash, suddenly from $1 million it goes to $700,000; then I think the taxation department takes 48 percent, and I think the cycling federation takes 10 percent, and finally there was a pot of $450,000 or something like that, which is split 15 ways or whatever it was amongst the team," Anderson said.

    UCI to respond

    Cycling's governing body could respond "at any time" to the report by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency that Armstrong was a serial drug cheat.

    The International Cycling Union received USADA's report last week and has until the end of the month to decide whether to accept the American agency's decision to strip Armstrong of his Tour titles or appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

    "All we can confirm is that the deadline is Oct. 31," UCI spokesman Enrico Carpani told the Associated Press on Thursday. "But it could happen any time from tomorrow onwards."

    USADA banned Armstrong for life and said he should be stripped of his tour titles because of his involvement in "the most sophisticated, professionalized, and successful doping program that sport has ever seen." The USADA report has already cost Armstrong key sponsors, including Nike and Anheuser-Busch.

    Armstrong also stepped down Wednesday as chairman of the Livestrong cancer charity he founded. Former UCI president Hein Verbruggen said he expected the governing body to respond late next week.

  6. Rob Cypher
    Lance Armstrong: Biggest sports fraud ever?

    The lying is one thing, but it's the cyclist's staggering arrogance that makes his downfall downright historic

    The next thing you know, we’ll find out he never even really had cancer. Short of that, it beats me what new revelation anyone would need to confirm the verdict Chicago Tribune sportswriter Phil Hersh delivered recently on CNN: “You can push Marion Jones and Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens and Rosie Ruiz aside. Lance Armstrong is the greatest fraud in the history of sports.”

    Armstrong famously beat testicular cancer and assorted other illnesses to win count-’em seven Tour de France titles between 1999 and 2005. But I might as well admit that, beating the Big C aside, the man never loomed too large on my constantly shrinking White Guys I Admire list. In 20/20 hindsight, wasn’t his can-do vibe always just a little too much like one of those Charlton Heston sci-fi movies where a jut-jawed Chuck wakes up to learn he’s the last American left alive on the planet? Even that too-perfect name—outside of comic strips, who the hell has ever really been named Lance Armstrong?—almost seems as if it should have awakened our suspicions from the get-go.

    Now, of course, the doping allegations that swirled around him for years have been confirmed in downright icky detail by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency’s 200-page report. Nike and Anheuser-Busch, his two main sponsors, have already cut ties with him, and he’s stepped down as head of LiveStrong, his cancer-fighting foundation. Back in August, Armstrong decided not to contest the USADA’s verdict, apparently in hopes of preventing the damning testimony by his former teammates and others from going public. But the world doesn’t work that way anymore.

    Still, given how bad the rumors were, few of us could have guessed the reality would turn out to be even worse. EPO, testosterone—okay, groovy, we can roll with that. (It’s not like we haven’t been here before, sports fans.) Learning about the transfusions that recycled Armstrong’s blood to boost his performance and make dope less detectable is a little more gruesome, though. The same goes for the revelation that he browbeat his less famous teammates into getting with the same program, leaving not only his own reputation in ruins but taking down a whole clutch of talented cyclists with him.

    You can’t really blame the French for taking a special satisfaction in Armstrong’s disgrace. They never did cotton to the arrogant American—a Texan, no less—who dominated their foremost home-grown sports event for the better part of a decade, although they’d probably have hated him even more if he’d been modest. (That isn’t to say they don’t also know that Armstrong is no rogue outlier in the cycling world when it comes to performance-enhancing drugs; one wag calculated that determining the top ten finishers untainted by suspicions of doping in the 2005 Tour de France might involve reaching all the way down to the guy who came in 28th.) And sorry, but I can’t resist seeing a parable—or a certain synchronicity, at least—in all this.

    Remember whose presidential administration most of Armstrong’s Tour-winning streak coincided with. He wasn’t the only cocky Amerloque the frogs couldn’t abide—and on our end, we had Congressmen renaming French fries “Freedom Fries” to punish them (they still weep on cold winter nights) for failing to get with the program in Iraq. Now it’s turned out that all of Armstrong’s victories were shams rooted in deliberate deception, just as a minority of naysayers kept insisting all along. To my knowledge, he never posed under a “Mission Accomplished” banner, but he might as well have. So let’s all bid an unfond adieu to the George W. Bush of sports champs as we break out the vin rouge.

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