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Cyclists testify against Lance

2012-07-05 10:06

Rouen - George Hincapie, one of Cadel Evans' key Tour de France lieutenants, is among four former team-mates of Lance Armstrong who have allegedly given evidence regarding doping against the US cycling superstar, according to a report on the BrisbaneTimes.

In a front-page report, Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf says Hincapie and fellow Tour de France riders Dave Zabriskie, Christian Vande Velde and Levi Leipheimer have testified against Armstrong.

The US Anti-Doping Agency has charged Armstrong, the record seven-time Tour de France champion, with doping.

De Telegraaf said the riders received six-month suspended sentences, dated so they could ride in the Tour.

The four riders all mysteriously pulled out of the American Olympic road team a few days before the Tour.


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Comments
  • ngermishuizen - 2012-07-05 10:33

    Smacks of a conspiracy! Tested officially over 500 times - 0 positives...... tested 1000's of times out of competition - 0 positives........

      E=MC2 - 2012-07-05 11:12

      That's my reasoning exactly!\r\n\r\nI don't worship the guy so I'm not defending him on \icon status\ but really now...

      dawood.timol - 2012-07-05 12:21

      druggie,cheat,liar...typical americano

  • todd.innis.9 - 2012-07-05 12:03

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  • thilo.klingenberg - 2012-07-05 12:49

    No conspiracy here. Marion Jones was also tested 100's of times with no positives but she admitted to taking steriods for years. The top drugs cheats have always been a step ahead of the officials. Don't forget that EPO was found in Lance's 1999 blood samples, before it was known that EPO existed. This guy is guilty and it is time for the truth to come out.

      victor.freeman.39 - 2012-07-05 12:53

      Absolutely correct. And that big mouth Carl Lewis used drugs as well. Just wasn't caught.

      martin.gee.godfrey - 2012-07-05 13:17

      If EPO wasn't a banned substance at the time he can't be retrospectively charged with EPO use.

  • yvettesteven.loots - 2012-07-05 13:24

    If guilty I will never trust or support the sport anymore.

      martin.gee.godfrey - 2012-07-05 13:32

      Unfortunately and sadly, cycling has been tainted far too often by drug cheats and it matters not who wins these days, it is common thought that cheating occurs irrespective if it does or doesnt.

  • Lennon Chenga - 2012-07-05 15:58

    Lance brought a lot of viewership and interest to cycling. I'm not condoning drug use IF he is guilty but I would expect some respect towards him whilst they investigate and just announce findings if he is found guilty! Some of these reports break athletes and its hard to recover!!! Look at what happened to Caster, that story will always follow her yet it was totally unfounded! Y do they make these announcements before they finish their findings. Lance will always be a hero to many, the guy beat cancer and still came back to race!!!

  • thilo.klingenberg - 2012-07-06 09:45

    Just to clarify, I know that Lance can't be charged for EPO use. I was just making the point that the fact that over 500 tests showed him to be clean must be taken with a pinch of salt, i.e. in 1999 he used EPO but no one knew it existed. It is a confirmed fact (Lance confirmed it himself) that he regularly used Dr Ferrari's services and it is a confirmed fact (through doping convictions in Italy with other riders) that Dr Ferrari assisted them with doping. As I said, the top drugs cheats were always a step ahead. Having said that, it will be extremely sad if he is found guilty because of the work he has done for cancer research.

  • mcarinhas - 2012-07-12 16:48

    Pro cyclists have all taken them sometime during their careers. Armstrong as far as i know, was the most tested cyclist on tour. To now go strip his medals and banned him for life from the sport is completely absurd. The man’s career has finished, if he was still competing then that would be a different story. They should worry about the present athletes on tour, the current guys racing the 2012 TDF have all taken performance enhancing drugs sometime in their careers. I don’t condone drugs in sports, but this is not the way to go about it imo. Lance is and will always be a true legend!! For those involved in sports will know it’s not only seen in cycling but in any competitive sport, Rugby, track and field, swimming blah blah the list goes on.

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