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Cycling: Lance Armstrong reveals his biggest regret
March 09, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
Lance Armstrong has revealed what he regrets most during a career spent rebuffing accusations of doping.After years of denying taking performance drugs, in 2013 the disgraced cyclist finally admitted to taking banned substances... More...
Lance Armstrong to face trial in November
February 23, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
Lance Armstrong's US$100 million (NZ$138m) legal fight with the federal government has been set for a November trial.US District Judge Christopher Cooper on Thursday set a Nov. 6 trial start in Washington.Armstrong's legal team... More...
Lance Armstrong faces November trial in $100 million lawsuit
February 23, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) " Lance Armstrong's $100 million legal fight with the federal government has been set for a November trial.U.S. District Judge Christopher Cooper on Thursday set a Nov. 6 trial start in Washington. Armstrong's... More...
Facing lawsuit, Armstrong says he 'loved' wearing Postal
February 23, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) " Former cyclist Lance Armstrong says he "loved" representing the U.S. Postal Service, even as the government sues to get back the millions it spent sponsoring his teams.After years of legal wrangling, the federal... More...
Lance Armstrong loses bid to halt $100 million lawsuit
February 14, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) " A federal judge on Monday refused to block the government's $100 million lawsuit against Lance Armstrong, putting the former cyclist on course for trial in a 2010 case stemming from his performance-enhancing drug... More...
Emma Pooley misses out on medal in women's time trial as Team USA's Kristin Armstrong takes gold
August 10, 2016 (20:00) [ Indexed from Mirror.co.uk ]
The 33-year-old finished more than two minutes behind eventual winner, Team USA's Kristin Armstrong More...
Lance Armstrong asking judge to end government lawsuit
April 28, 2016 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
WASHINGTON (AP) " Lance Armstrong has asked a federal judge to end a lawsuit against him by the U.S. government that seeks to recover millions of dollars in sponsorship money the U.S. Postal Service paid to his cycling teams.Armstrong's... More...
Government details why it wants Armstrong medical records
August 16, 2015 (13:03) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) " The federal government says it wants Lance Armstrong's medical records from his 1996 cancer treatments because they could prove just how far he was willing to go to conceal performance-enhancing drug use from... More...
Lance Armstrong's deposition testimony made public
August 07, 2015 (18:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Federal investigators are asking for further depositions of Lance Armstrong, in part because of his attorneys repeated interruptions, in part due to his apparently unsatisfactory answers, according to USAToday. In support of their case, the investigators included portions of the transcript from the first deposition, giving a look into Armstrongs state of mind, and his counsels actions. More than once during the first seven hours of his deposition, Armstrong sought to minimize or explain away his most incriminating prior statements, the court filing said, according to usatoday.com. For example, when asked if he was writing a book, Armstrong answered. Im not. I mean, I am, but Im not I mean Im writing one right now. I mean, how can you not include this content in a book?ADVERTISEMENT At one point during the seven-hour session on July 23, exchanges between the attorneys became so heated that even Armstrong seemed to tire of it, asking Cant we all just get along? In the transcipt, he stated that he first started doping in "Most likely 1993, with the product being Synacthen. Armstrong also reiterated his never tested positive stance. To me it means what it means, that I had never been positive. Whether there was " to me, TUEs dont fall under that. Suspicious samples that may or may not have been announced dont fall under that. Even the cortisone incident or the episode in 1999 didnt fall under that, because technically that wasnt a positive sense. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
US government seeks Lance Armstrong's medical records
August 06, 2015 (14:15) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
The US government has subpoenaed the Indiana University School of Medicine to provide Lance Armstrongs medical records from the time of his treatment for cancer in 1996. The governments intent is to find out if Armstrongs doctors knew that he had used performance-enhancing drugs, according to USA Today. The government is seeking the medical records as part of the whistleblower lawsuit, originally filed by Armstrong's former teammate Floyd Landis. The US Justice Department joined the case in 2013 in an effort to recover sponsorship funding paid by the US Postal Service to the team between 1996 and 2004. Armstrongs medical records could be used to try and prove the Texans doctors knew he had taken performance-enhancing substances, and that he conspired to cover it up. BetsyAndreu, the wife of another of Armstrongs former teammates Frankie Andreu, testified that she heard Armstrong tell others that he used a series of banned substances during a conversation at the Indiana University hospital. Armstrong has said that he doesnt recall the conversation.ADVERTISEMENT The case could see Armstrong lose US$100 million, and a third of those damages could go the whistleblower, Landis. Armstrong has said he fears financial ruin because of this lawsuit. According to USA Today, the US government also issued subpoenas for testimony from Armstrong's former sponsors Nike Inc., Trek Bicycle Corp., Giro Sport Design and Discovery Communications Inc. Armstrong was stripped of his seven Tour de France titles in 2012 following the US Anti-Doping Agencys Reasoned Decision. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Government demanding Lance Armstrong's medical records (The Associated Press)
August 05, 2015 (22:30) [ Indexed from Yahoo! Sports ]
The federal government wants to see Lance Armstrong's medical records from his treatments for cancer, specifically whether his doctors knew back in 1996 that he was using performance-enhancing drugs. Court records show that government lawyers subpoenaed the Indiana University School of Medicine on July 30 to provide records of Armstrong's treatments and donations he later made to the school. More...
Cycling: Did Lance Armstrong's doctors know about his PED use?
August 05, 2015 (21:45) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
The federal government wants to see Lance Armstrong's medical records from his treatments for cancer, specifically whether his doctors knew back in 1996 that he was using performance-enhancing drugs.Court records show that government... More...
Government demanding Lance Armstrong's medical records
August 05, 2015 (21:15) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) " The federal government wants to see Lance Armstrong's medical records from his treatments for cancer, specifically whether his doctors knew back in 1996 that he was using performance-enhancing drugs.Court records... More...
US government demanding Lance Armstrong's medical records
August 05, 2015 (20:15) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) " The U.S. government wants to see Lance Armstrong's medical records from his treatments for cancer.Court records show that government lawyers on July 30 subpoenaed the Indiana University School of Medicine to... More...
Government demanding Lance Armstrong's medical records (The Associated Press)
August 05, 2015 (18:15) [ Indexed from Yahoo! Sports ]
The federal government wants to see Lance Armstrong's medical records from his treatments for cancer. Court records show that government lawyers on July 30 subpoenaed the Indiana University School of Medicine to provide records of Armstrong's treatments and donations he later made to the school. The federal government has sued Armstrong to recover millions of dollars in sponsorship money the U.S. Postal Service paid to his teams. More...
Column: Important not to let Armstrong ruin Tour again (The Associated Press)
July 22, 2015 (18:00) [ Indexed from Yahoo! Sports ]
In his biography, Chris Froome recounts how his two elder brothers used to amuse themselves by locking him in a dog kennel with an angry, scratching turkey. ''Only when I was in absolute floods of tears would they open the cage up and let me out,'' the Tour de France race leader recounts. Froome has needed that armor against cynics and skeptics pecking at his probity and performances on the bike as the 2013 winner cruises toward a second win at the world's toughest cycle race. More...
Column: Important not to let Armstrong ruin Tour again
July 21, 2015 (18:30) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
LES BLAYES, France (AP) " In his biography, Chris Froome recounts how his two elder brothers used to amuse themselves by locking him in a dog kennel with an angry, scratching turkey. "Only when I was in absolute floods of tears would... More...
Column: Important not to let Armstrong ruin Tour again (The Associated Press)
July 21, 2015 (18:30) [ Indexed from Yahoo! Sports ]
In his biography, Chris Froome recounts how his two elder brothers used to amuse themselves by locking him in a dog kennel with an angry, scratching turkey. ''Only when I was in absolute floods of tears would they open the cage up and let me out,'' the Tour de France race leader recounts. Froome has needed that armor against cynics and skeptics pecking at his probity and performances on the bike as the 2013 winner cruises toward a second win at the world's toughest cycle race. More...
Froome calls out 'irresponsible' Tour de France reporting
July 19, 2015 (06:30) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
What should have been a successful day on the lumpy transitional stage 14 from Rodez to Mende for Team Sky and the Tour de France maillot jaune Chris Froome was anything but. The overall race leader was hit with a cup of urine that was thrown by a spectator early in the stage. "I saw the guy appear on a drag with 50-60km to go," Froome said of the incident. "I had teammates around me. I was boxed in a little bit on left. I saw a guy peering around and I thought, 'That looks strange.' He launched a cup at me and said 'dope.' No mistake, it was urine." In his post race press conference for the written press, Froome began by offering his congratulations to Steve Cummings of MTN-Qhubeka for his stage win on Mandela Day without any prompt from the press. Felicitations turned to umbrage for how particular sections of the press have created an atmosphere of suspicion surrounding the performance of Froome and Team Sky at the Tour. "I certainly wouldn't blame the public for this. It really is the minority of the people out there ruining it for everyone else out here," Froome said. "But I would blame some of the reporting on the race that has been very irresponsible. Having said that, those individuals know who they are." When quizzed on who was responsible for setting the nefarious tone, Froome was unwilling to point fingers, offering instead to reiterate such examples were unprofessional and perilous. "Those individuals know who they are. I am not going into specifics details here but those people know who they are and have been extremely irresponsible on the way they have reported on the race," he said, insinuating the reporting had contributed to the spectators' actions. "It's no longer the riders bringing the sport into disrespect now, it's the individuals, and they know who they are." Froome's wife, Michelle, made a brief return to Twitter after the stage to provide the specifics the press were after, disappearing as quickly as she had resurfaced. "@JalabertLaurent @cedvasseur @lequipe @festinaboy @scienceofsport I hope you're paying attention. Ignorant, irresponsible fools," Michelle Froome tweeted. The reporting by some of the French press have included allegations of mechanical doping from Cedric Vassuer on live French television and videos released by Antoine Vayer that overlay data onto Froome's ride up Mont Ventoux in 2013 and during stage 16 of last year's Vuelta a Espaa to La Farrapona. Froome was not casting aspersions upon the entire pressroom in his comments, clarifying the majority of reporting has remained on message, covering cyclists and their daily feats on their bicycles. "It's not all the media, a lot of reporting has been fantastic. It has been about the race as it should be," he said. "But obviously since my victory a few days ago and the way the team has been, I think there has been a lot very of irresponsible reporting out here. That's unacceptable also. "I can't speak for everyone in the peloton. I certainly know myself, I am clean, I know what I've done to get here. Of course it's disappointing," he said. "What can we do? I feel from a rider's point of view, we are doing the right thing. We are trying to speak up in clean cycling, trying to change that image. Unfortunately, due to some of that reporting being so irresponsible, that negative image is still being portrayed to the public." Michael Rasmussen, who was sacked by his Rabobank team while wearing the yellow jersey at the 2007 Tour de France, arrived at the race this morning in his new role as a journalist for Danish newspaper Ekstra Bladet. Disgraced former seven time winner Lance Armstrong returned to the Tour - albeit one day head of the race - this week as well to take part in a part in Geoff Thomas' charity ride. The presence of the two admitted dopers, along with several ex-professionals who admitted to cheating in their careers at the Tour has fed the flame of suspicion and contributed to the rationale for those singled out by Michelle Froome to produce their copy. Froome has repeatedly stated that as the first winner of the Tour post-USADA's reasoned decision that exposed Armstrong, he is willing to do whatever it takes to get cycling back on a credible path. However, the 2013 Tour champion has become exasperated with the daily commits that accompany the maillot jaune and the repeated questions of whether he is a clean cyclist. "If this is part of the process that we have to go through to get the sport into a better place, I am here, I am doing it. I am not going to give up the race because a few guys are shouting insults at whatever or me," he said. "Unfortunately, this is the legacy that's been handed us by people before us with people who have won the Tour only to disappoint fans a few years later. That's an unfortunate position we are in." In 2013 Mark Cavendish was also the victim of an urine attack, while in 2012 tacks where placed on the road in an attempt of sabotage. Oscar Freire and Julian Dean where shot at and hit by air rifle pellets in 2009.ADVERTISEMENT With fans able to reach out and touch cyclists at almost any point on the road, the security of riders is constantly in question, but Froome was unequivocal in his response when asked if the behaviour of some fans frightened him? "I am not scared about this. I just hope it doesn't interfere with racing. That's why we are all here, to race bikes at end of the day. I hope this doesn't interfere with how the race pans out at all. I am extremely focused on my job that I'm here to do. I am not going to let anything throw me off this year." Buried by the urine attack and Froome's rebuttal of 'irresponsible reporting' was his sporting element during the stage, which ended with the Sky captain taking further time on his rivals. His closest challenger, Nairo Quinanta, sits 3:10 in arrears. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Eight years on, Michael Rasmussen returns to Tour de France as journalist
July 19, 2015 (06:30) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
It was mere coincidence, perhaps, but it was hardly appreciated behind the darkened glass above that a small media scrum arrested Michael Rasmussen just as he was passing the Team Sky bus ahead of stage 14 of the Tour de France in Rodez. Rasmussen returned to the race on Saturday for the first time since he was excluded from the 2007 Tour while wearing the yellow jersey, after the furore surrounding his missed doping controls in the build-up finally proved too much even for his Rabobank team.ADVERTISEMENT Following a two-year ban, Rasmussen made a low-key comeback with the Miche and Christina Watches Continental teams but was deemed persona non grata by squads at higher levels. Since confessing to doping in 2013, Rasmussen has set about building a new career for himself as a columnist. While Lance Armstrongs controversial return to the Tour was limited to taking part in Geoff Thomas charity ride a day ahead of the race caravan, Rasmussen will cover the remainder of this Tour from the press room for Danish newspaper Ekstra Bladet. Scarcely carrying a gram of fat more than during his time at CSC and Rabobank, the shaven-headed Rasmussen remains a distinctive figure, drawing plenty of double takes when he entered the village dpart followed by a Danish television crew. Its a little intense right now, he smiled. But I imagine it will taper off over a few days. I wont seem quite as interesting and I can do my job. Rasmussen spent his stint in the yellow jersey attempting to fend off the suspicions over his performances and his attempts to evade testing, and conversation inevitably turned to the current maillot jaune, Chris Froome (Sky), and the scrutiny that he has faced in recent days. For sure hes very focused on the weight and that certainly makes a difference, but I dont know how he is training and I would rather not speculate on it, Rasmussen said asked to draw comparisons between his and Froomes ability to glean so much power from such lean physiques. Its been a long time since Ive been competing at that level. I did it in another way and that was not quite according to the rules. I do not want to speculate on how he does it. I think hes training shitloads to ride as fast as he does. I think all the yellow jerseys did. Ramussen blamed the weight of history for the innuendo that has greeted Froomes performances, pointing to an inconvenient truth by noted wryly that doping on the Tour pre-existed the blood doping era when asked if he felt that his generation had poisoned the well for the current crop. Yeah, I did. Or Eddy Merckx did, or Fausto Coppi did. Like I said before theres a long history of doping in cycling and unfortunately thats a heritage the cyclists today have to deal with it. It takes time to change a culture, he said. From the history of cycling, doping has been around all the time in cycling and unfortunately when people ride the way Froome does, people instantly speculate just because the only thing you have to do is look in the history books and see who has been cheating in the past to get the yellow jersey. Rasmussen went on to add that he had sympathy for the position Froome finds himself in. Its sad that theres so much focus and speculation because theres no smoking gun. Hes saying the right thing, he said. I think hes actually very much at ease. If he knows hes clean then he has nothing to fear.Asking the question At the 2007 Tour, of course, Rasmussen had nine post-stage press conferences in the yellow jersey, and never conceded so much as an inch in that period. He gently dismissed the idea that the repeated blunt denials had been as difficult as the initial act of doping. If you accept the condition that once you answer the question honestly, your cycling career is over, then its a stupid question to ask, Rasmussen said. Ive never heard any rider so far say Yes to the rolling camera while hes racing in his active career, so its not really the answer thats wrong but the question. It doesnt change peoples opinion whether you ask the question or not. Its a useless question. Rasmussen is now, of course, on the other side of the fence, though he seemed at a loss as to what questions should instead be asked of suspect riders. I dont know, I dont have the answer to that, he said. But that question is definitely dumb because you know the answer. In the aftermath of his exclusion from the 2007 Tour, Rasmussen complained that he had been made a scapegoat for cyclings ills, and continued to dope on his return to racing in 2010, though his 2013 confession provided important evidence for the Danish Anti-Doping Agencys recent inquiry on cycling in his home country. Despite his assertion that there has been a change in mentality in the peloton " Its a cleaner peloton now than it was ten years ago, he said " Rasmussen admitted that he had no regrets about the path he followed during his own career. I do not regret that I took doping if thats what youre asking, Rasmussen said. I think that was a condition in order to be competitive and battling for what I was battling for in those times. I was pursuing victory in the Tour de France since I was 8 years old. If I had to stop that pursuit, I would have stopped it ten years before. I did what I felt I needed to do in order to be competitive, to achieve the goals. 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