Lance probe gathers steam

2010-08-05 11:12

Washington - US prosecutors stepped up their criminal probe of cyclist Lance Armstrong on allegations of doping after last month's Tour de France, the New York Times reported on Thursday.

Investigators have been questioning former associates who have given details on claims that Armstrong and his former United States Postal Service team participated in systematic doping, the reported quoted three unnamed cyclists as saying.

The US federal probe began after another US rider, Floyd Landis, who was stripped of the 2006 Tour title for failing a doping test, accused Armstrong and others.

Last month, former Tour de France champion Greg LeMond, a long-time rival, repeated doping accusations against Armstrong.

In March, Armstrong's RadioShack team-mate, Li Fuyu, tested positive for the banned substance Clenbuterol following an in-competition test during the Dwars Door Vlaanderen race in Belgium.

Armstrong has denied any wrongdoing.

The Times reported that the investigation is being handled by Jeff Novitzky, a special agent for the US Food and Drug Administration who was the lead investigator in the Bay Area Laboratory Co-operative (BALCO) steroids case that brought down American running great Marion Jones.

Armstrong won the Tour de France a record seven consecutive times after surviving testicular cancer that had spread to other parts of his body.


  • Jimmy - 2010-08-05 12:09

    They should just make doping legal for the TDF. It seems all the cyclists are doing it in varying degrees and I can't keep track of the race order when they keep disqualifying people. I also suspect that if I was aked to ride every day for a month I'd also rather do it on drugs.

  • Tourmalet - 2010-08-05 12:17

    Apparently Osama and every criminal in the USA can now relax. No expenses or effort will be spared - if only they can bring down their greatest champion, everything will be fine, even if they have to rely on the testimony of perjurers.

  • _Jay_ - 2010-08-05 12:34

    Always suspected he was a cheat. I hope he'll be knocked of his high horse and trampled now; or proven innocent and be hailed as one of the all-time greats.

  • @Jay - 2010-08-05 13:07

    Your first comment says it all. Don't try and pretend you wil accept his innocence. Your acceptance will only last till the next investigation. I feel sorry for you and your kind accepting Floyd Landis's version. This guy is so stupid, even my dog sensed his cheating in the TDF 2007

  • Jakes - 2010-08-05 13:09

    Sounds to me that old Greg is sour about Armstrong's success. Why did they not test him while he was winning? I believe they did, and found nothing, now they want to get people like Floyd Landis (what a cheat) to testify. I mean, the man was denying any wrong doing, one day he was flat, the next day he won everybody in the mountains, with triple the testerone levels in his blood. I did not do anything my arse! Who made sport into what it is today?

  • Johan - 2010-08-05 13:12

    @Jay Wow! Do you also have evidence???

  • manfredo21gears - 2010-08-05 13:37

    Tourmalet (Tour - yes, and mal?) - you must be a cyclist,maybe one of those amateur cyclist who,as many amateurs I do know, admit, they also take substances aplenty and not Disprin, that is....and not only in this country. Your sarcasm spiced with Osama's name got no grip. 99 out of 100 professional cyclist say that Lance was doped out of his scull when he won the TDF's and his persistent pleas to be totally innocent, his rudeness, his perverted self-overrating which paralyses his ability to understand that actually nobody believes him - that will -I hope-come to an end when Novitzky nails him. He wont let loose, believe it and he will get him by the balls ( only meant figuratively, of course). And then, let's not see his face again in the media. Wake up and stay away from that Disprin.

  • @ Tourmalet - 2010-08-05 14:10

    How sad to see that name sullied and abused so cheaply. Also so very sad to see an "adult" fawning in child-like adoration and blind adoration of another human being.

  • Peter - 2010-08-05 14:12

    My first thought after Landis' revelations about Armstrong was why doesn't he sue Landis for everything he has if Landis is lying - I understand that one can sue for practically anything in the US and Landis would've been aware of that. I don't agree they should make doping legal for the TDF - when one considers the cyclists 80-odd years ago rode the mountains on poor quality roads and heavy bikes it is just a special sportsman (mentally and physically) that overcome such a challenge.

  • Dave - 2010-08-05 14:13

    @manfredo21gears - What happened to innocent till proven guilty? What happened with the entire drug testing results that took place during all the TDF’s races? If Lance is guilty strip him of everything, if he is not, let us hang on the picture of Lance’s perfect recovery and exceptional racing.

  • Nic - 2010-08-05 14:14

    What the hell is Greg Lemond going to say he's from another era he should keep his mouth shut how do we know he didn't take drugs maybe we should take away his 3 tour de France titles. It would appear as all those that got caught in tests could not find a masking agent yet somehow Lance found a super duper masking agent that was undetectable in the 300 odd tests he has had to endure, he was the most tested cyclist in and out of compitition. They can't prove he doped using a lab so now we reduce the sentance imposed on cheating cyclists using a rat.

  • @manfredo21gears - 2010-08-05 14:21

    Agree with you 100%.

  • _Jay_ - 2010-08-05 14:40

    It seems we have a whole lot of Armstrong fan boys on this forum. In the history of cycling there never was another rider who dominated like he did. So that either makes him a god, or a cheater. Considering what's been said, not just by Landis, I think he should have his day in court. Oh but I forget, in South Africa it is OK to have all sorts of allegations of fly around, and still be hailed as a hero, and not go to court....politics anyone? @ (@Jay) "Me and my kind"? Excuse me, but before you start trying to insult me, check your facts. Landis cheated in TDF 2006. And FYI I watched that, and wasn't surprised when it was revealed that he cheated, just as I won't be when your hero Lance is exposed as a cheat. But as I said, give him a his day in court and if they can't prove that he's guilty, all respect to him, he will be the greatest cycler in the sports history. Including Indurain, Mercx etc.

  • @Nic - 2010-08-05 15:03

    Agree with you 100%. All the Lance haters are just sad, mediocre people who hate to acknowledge a real winner.

  • John Camp - 2010-08-05 15:06

    @ '@ Tourmalet' 2:10pm. I adore many human beings, i adore many human achievements. Why are you so sad with this? Do you perhaps envy all those who look up to someone? Or are you so high and mighty that there's no one else to look up to? Do you know that Floyd Landis applied to ride for Radioshack and was turned down? No, thought so. Do you think Floyd Landis would have pursued the case against LA had Radioshack employed him? No, thought not to. Do you not think that Floyd Landis is bitter? As for Lemond, fantastic dice vs Fignon, but he's not even worth commenting on

  • Wit Willem - 2010-08-05 17:39

    News flash.... almost all cyclists in the pro peloton use performance enhancing drugs, ask any semi-pro or pro that has had his day and a couple of beers. I am not implying that Lance should be let off, if he indeed cheated, but rather that he was in fact competing on a level playing field.

  • Tourmalet - 2010-08-05 18:40

    @@Tourmalet: No blind adoration whatsoever - just fair comment on a malicious witch-hunt. Why didn't the US bother to investigate him during the period 1999 - 2005 when the French cried foul morning noon and night? They would have had many golden opportunities to catch him red-handed (if he was doping) and obtain evidence that would actually hold up in court. What makes Landis so special that his word (of all people) carries so much weight? There clearly is a hidden agenda behind this so-called investigation.

  • Giant_or_Trek - 2010-08-05 18:47

    His comment: I have never used a 'BANNED' substance. Because it hasn't being classified as banned yet? Do some research on the cancer that he had. What is the biggest contributor to developing that?

  • Lancet - 2010-08-05 21:57

    There is no way LA could have doped and gotten away for 7+ years, unless the French authorities are all a bunch of bumbling fools, which they are not. If Lance is the only cyclist who managed to fool all the lab technicians, spies and medical investigators for all these years, he must be one phenomenal genius who ought to be head hunted by NASA and immediately awarded 7 honorary doctorates.

  • @ Camp John and Tourmalet - 2010-08-06 08:44

    How must I know why they are taking the Landis claims so seriously? Perhaps he has some solid evidence that la did dope. Surely it would be a good thing to have this investigation and prove once and for all that he did or did not dope, if he is innocent as claimed, then there should be nothing to hide as only a witch would fear a witch-hunt. Looking up to a person is one thing but blind, biased adoration is another.

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