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Armstrong still plans to ride part of Tour route: BBC (Reuters)
June 26, 2015 (20:15) [ Indexed from Yahoo! Sports ]
Disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong is still planning to court controversy by riding part of the Tour de France route next month for charity, according to a BBC report. The American will join former England footballer Geoff Thomas and a team of amateurs, who are aiming to raise one million pounds ($1.57 million) for Cure Leukaemia, by cycling in two stages, a day before the official peloton goes through. Armstrong is to go ahead with his plans, said Thomas, even though he was advised not to proceed by UCI (International Cycling Union) president Brian Cookson in March. More...
Cycling-Armstrong still plans to ride part of Tour route - BBC (Reuters)
June 26, 2015 (20:00) [ Indexed from Yahoo! Sports ]
Disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong is still planning to court controversy by riding part of the Tour de France route next month for charity, according to a BBC report. The American will join former England footballer Geoff Thomas and a team of amateurs, who are aiming to raise one million pounds ($1.57 million) for Cure Leukaemia, by cycling in two stages, a day before the official peloton goes through. Armstrong is to go ahead with his plans, said Thomas, even though he was advised not to proceed by UCI (International Cycling Union) president Brian Cookson in March. More...
Women's news shorts: Armstrong confirmed for USA Pro Challenge
June 26, 2015 (13:30) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
US time trial champion Kristin Armstrong will be among the women to compete in the inaugural edition of the Women's USAProChallenge inAugust, race organisers announced inDenver today. The two-time Olympic gold medallist came out of retirement to reclaim her stars-and-stripes jersey in May, and earned an automatic nomination for the World Championships inRichmond, her first hurdle toward selection for the2016 Summer OlympicGames. Armstrong and her Twenty 16 p/bSho-Air team will be joined by the other five UCI-registered teams from the US:Optum, UnitedHealthcare, Tibco-SVB, BMW and Pepper Palace, as well as elite teams Visit Dallas, Colavita/Bianchi, DNACycling and the Colorado Womens Cycling Project, with a full list of teams to be announced in early August. The riders will have three stages, the first of which is an 8.5-mile time trial in Breckenridge on the same course as the men's pro race, a road race fromLoveland to Fort Collins, and a criterium in Golden.ADVERTISEMENT The goal in developing the route for this first Womens USA Pro Challenge was to create a challenging and diverse course using the incredible terrain that Colorado offers, said Sean Petty, Race Director for the Womens USA Pro Challenge. The great folks in Breckenridge, Fort Collins and Golden really embraced our philosophy and Im proud we are offering something for every type of rider during the three days of racing. We wanted to honor the legacy of womens stage racing in Colorado as its the first time since 1988 that some of the best men and women in the world will be sharing courses at a major, international stage race in our beautiful state. Bigla mutually part ways with Olds and Lacambra You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Anti-Doping Denmark report reveals widespread doping under Riis at CSC
June 23, 2015 (13:30) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Anti-Doping Denmark has finally published its report into doping in Danish cycling between 1998 and 2015, revealing that former team manager Bjarne Riis was complicit in a wide-spread doping operation at Team CSC, that included riders relationships with Dr Fuentes and his blood doping programme based in Spain. The report says that Riis, Johnny Weltz, - now a directeur sportif at Cannondale-Garmin, former Riis Cycling Managing Director Alex Pedersen and a number of Danish former riders have all violated applicable anti-doping rules. However due to the World Anti-Doping Agencys eight-year statute of limitation rule in force at the time, none will face disciplinary action. The ADD report suggests that without a statue of limitations there would be grounds to bring doping cases forward against a number of Danish riders who have admitted either their own doping violations or where the interviews have given the investigation group knowledge about their alleged offences.ADVERTISEMENT On Monday former rider Niki Sorensen admitted that he doped during his long career but did not reveal specific dates. Sorensen was given a role as directeur sportif at the Tinkoff-Saxo team by Riis in 2014. The team, now owned by Oleg Tinkov, after a bitter separation from Riis in March, offered its support to Sorensen and he remains in the team that has Alberto Contador and Peter Sagan as team leaders. The ADD investigation began in 2012 after the USADA investigation into Lance Armstrong and his US Postal Service team revealed widespread doping. A total of 50 people were interviewed during the drawn out process, including retired riders and riders still in activity. Many gave vital evidence, some in return for anonymity. Only five former riders refused to be interviewed. Bjarne Riis admitted to doping during his career in 2007 and symbolically offered to give back the Tour de France yellow jersey he won in 1996. Riis has always denied that he knew of and encouraged doping during his time as a team manager at Team CSC despite direct allegations from former riders Tyler Hamilton, Jrg Jaksche and Michael Rasmussen. The ADD report reveals that Riis spoke at length and did admit to knowing that Hamilton was working with Dr. Fuentes for blood doping and that he did not act to stop it. Riis also confessed to blood doping during his own career " something he had never revealed previously, and so had personal knowledge about blood doping practices. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Armstrong: Cookson is not very good at taking people down
June 13, 2015 (02:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
UCI president Brian Cookson has come under criticism from Lance Armstrong for a lack of vision and inability to 'take people down'. Armstrong, who risks financial ruin from a federal whistle-blower lawsuit launched by ex-teammate Floyd Landis, made the statements in an interview with journalists at his house in Aspen, Colorado. Armstrong stated that, despite Cookson's public statements regarding the sport, the president has been underwhelming in his attempts to effect change. You guys can decide if he has done a good job, if he's been tough on Astana, whether he's stuck with his mission statement. Plenty of people would argue he's laid down on a lot of things. Whether it's expedited TUEs [Therapeutic Use Exemptions], or Astana, Cookson is not very good at taking people down," he said according to the Irish Times.ADVERTISEMENT Armstrong is due to ride a cancer fundraising charity event with former England footballer Geoff Thomas next month in France, known as One Day Ahead. When the announcement was made in March that Armstrong would join Thomas in riding the Tour de France route ahead of the race, Cookson called him "completely disrespectful." "I'm sure that Geoff Thomas means well, but frankly I think that's completely inappropriate and disrespectful to the Tour, disrespectful to the current riders, and disrespectful to the UCI and the anti-doping community," Cookson said at the time. "I think Lance would be well advised not to take part in that." Armstrong added that Cookson should be focused on the bigger picture and not his appearance at charity events, even if the American had contributed to on-going issues within the sport regarding doping and creditability. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Armstrong fearing financial ruin from federal whistleblower lawsuit
June 12, 2015 (02:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
A whistleblower lawsuit filed by Floyd Landis in 2010, and joined by the US Justice Department in 2013, to be heard by a jury later this year in the United States could see Lance Armstrong lose US$100 million with his former teammate receiving one third of the damages for instigating the case. In an interview with AFP journalists at his house in Aspen, Armstrong explained he will face financial turmoil should he lose the case. "I mean, the whistleblower case is a $100 million case. If I lost, we would not be sitting at this table anymore," Armstrong said according to AFP. "We wouldn't be sitting in this home anymore. We wouldn't be sitting in any home. I don't have $100 million. "We like our case is all I will say. I'm not going to jinx myself. But I don't know. How do you guys see it? Say the jury says: 'Pay up $100 million.' Floyd Landis gets $33 million. Is everybody at this jury happy with that? I would think what everybody thinks " there's no logic to that."ADVERTISEMENT The suit is aimed at recouping the sponsorship funds provided by the US Postal Service, which supported the team from 1996-2004, in light of the US Anti-Doping Agency's lifetime ban of Lance Armstrong for doping. Having initially denied the use of performance enhancing drugs [PEDs] during his career, including the 2006 Tour de France which was stripped of, since 2010 Landis has publicly spoken of his PED use. In February, Armstrong and former US Postal Service team owners Tailwind Sports were ordered to pay $10 million to SCA Promotions, the Texas firm that underwrote a $5 million bonus awarded after his 2004 Tour de France victory. While apologising for certain behaviour during his professional career, Armstrong admitted in the interview with the AFP journalists he was "a complete dick for a long time". You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
I'm portrayed as cycling's Voldemort, says Armstrong (Reuters)
June 11, 2015 (12:15) [ Indexed from Yahoo! Sports ]
Lance Armstrong will still ride parts of this year's Tour de France route for charity despite feeling as popular as Voldemort, the unspeakable villain of the Harry Potter movies. The American, stripped by cycling governing body UCI of his seven Tour victories in 2012 because of systematic doping, is supporting former England international soccer player and fellow cancer survivor Geoff Thomas in a fund-raising ride. Now it's swung so far the other way... who's that character in Harry Potter they can't talk about? More...
Cycling-I'm portrayed as cycling's Voldemort, says Armstrong (Reuters)
June 11, 2015 (12:15) [ Indexed from Yahoo! Sports ]
Lance Armstrong will still ride parts of this year's Tour de France route for charity despite feeling as popular as Voldemort, the unspeakable villain of the Harry Potter movies. The American, stripped by cycling governing body UCI of his seven Tour victories in 2012 because of systematic doping, is supporting former England international soccer player and fellow cancer survivor Geoff Thomas in a fund-raising ride. Now it's swung so far the other way... who's that character in Harry Potter they can't talk about? More...
I'm portrayed as cycling's Voldemort, says Armstrong (Reuters)
June 11, 2015 (12:00) [ Indexed from Yahoo! Sports ]
Lance Armstrong will still ride parts of this year's Tour de France route for charity despite feeling as popular as Voldemort, the unspeakable villain of the Harry Potter movies. The American, stripped by cycling governing body UCI of his seven Tour victories in 2012 because of systematic doping, is supporting former England international soccer player and fellow cancer survivor Geoff Thomas in a fund-raising ride. Now it's swung so far the other way... who's that character in Harry Potter they can't talk about? More...
Cycling-I'm portrayed as cycling's Voldemort, says Armstrong (Reuters)
June 11, 2015 (12:00) [ Indexed from Yahoo! Sports ]
Lance Armstrong will still ride parts of this year's Tour de France route for charity despite feeling as popular as Voldemort, the unspeakable villain of the Harry Potter movies. The American, stripped by cycling governing body UCI of his seven Tour victories in 2012 because of systematic doping, is supporting former England international soccer player and fellow cancer survivor Geoff Thomas in a fund-raising ride. Now it's swung so far the other way... who's that character in Harry Potter they can't talk about? More...
Cycling: Armstrong claims he's 'victim of hypocrisy'
June 11, 2015 (01:15) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
Disgraced American cycling legend Lance Armstrong has claimed he is the victim of hypocrisy.Armstrong told a British newspaper that he was treated like the pariah when other cycling dopers had been welcomed back into the sport.He... More...
Kristin Armstrong, Andrew Talansky capture time trial titles (The Associated Press)
May 24, 2015 (14:00) [ Indexed from Yahoo! Sports ]
Two-time Olympic time trial gold medalist Kristin Armstrong, making another comeback from retirement, won her fourth national title Saturday to lock up a spot for the world championships. Armstrong blazed over the course in 42 minutes, 8.04 seconds to beat out teammate Carmen Small by more than 13 seconds. Amber Neben rounded out the podium. More...
Kristin Armstrong, Andrew Talansky capture time trial titles (The Associated Press)
May 23, 2015 (22:30) [ Indexed from Yahoo! Sports ]
CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) -- Two-time Olympic time trial gold medalist Kristin Armstrong, making another comeback from retirement, won her fourth national title Saturday to lock up a spot at the world championships. More...
Cycling: Lance Armstrong's lawyers say sponsor cashed in
May 20, 2015 (19:15) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
Lance Armstrong's legal team argued yesterday that his Tour de France victories were worth far more to sponsor US Postal Service than they were to him as it detailed part of his defence against a fraud lawsuit filed by the federal... More...
Lance: Armstrong: Postal Service deal worth more to feds (The Associated Press)
May 20, 2015 (12:45) [ Indexed from Yahoo! Sports ]
Lance Armstrong's legal team argued Tuesday that his Tour de France victories were worth far more to sponsor U.S. Postal Service than they were to him as it detailed part of his defense against a fraud lawsuit filed by the federal government. In documents filed in federal court, Armstrong's lawyers said the Postal Service's own reviews of its contracts estimated their value at up to $140 million in global exposure in the form of public relations, revenue and product sales. The documents also include a June 2000 presentation to the Postal Service Board of Governors that showed sales spiked $8 million in 1999, the year Armstrong won the first of seven consecutive Tour de France titles. More...
Lance Armstrong say Postal contract worth more to government
May 19, 2015 (23:30) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) " Lance Armstrong's legal team is laying out some of the details in a key part of his defense against the federal government's fraud lawsuit: that his Tour de France victories were worth far more to sponsor U.S.... More...
Lance Armstrong say Postal contract worth more to government (The Associated Press)
May 19, 2015 (23:00) [ Indexed from Yahoo! Sports ]
Lance Armstrong's legal team is laying out some of the details in a key part of his defense against the federal government's fraud lawsuit: that his Tour de France victories were worth far more to sponsor U.S. Postal Service than they were to him. Armstrong's lawyers filed documents in federal court Tuesday, noting that the Postal Service's reviews of its contracts estimated their value at up to $140 million in global exposure in the form of public relations, revenue and product sales. The documents also include a June 2000 presentation to the Postal Service Board of Governors that showed sales spiked some $8 million in 1999. More...
Cavendish, Armstrong highlight Tour of California (The Associated Press)
May 08, 2015 (00:00) [ Indexed from Yahoo! Sports ]
Mark Cavendish and Kristin Armstrong will highlight the Tour of California. Eighty-four women representing 14 teams will begin two days of racing Friday in the Sierra Nevada with a 74-mile counterclockwise loop around Lake Tahoe in the new women's three-day stage race. Lisa Brennauer of Germany, the current world time trial titlist, and American Lauren Stephens, who claimed the national racing series last year, are the top contenders. The Sacramento stage will be a day for the fans. More...
Armstrong, Brennauer will headline California women's TT
May 01, 2015 (07:15) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Organisers of the Amgen Tour of California Women's Time Trial today released the lost of athletes who will compete at the May 15 race at Big Bear Lake. The roster of the fifth annual women's invitational time trial includes previous Tour of California winners along with world champions, national champions and Olympic gold medalists. Among the lineup of 23 will be Lisa Brennauer, the reigning individual and team time trial world champion; two-time Tour of California time trial winner and Olympic champion Kristin Armstrong; Amber Neben, who has held multiple national and world titles in road racing and time trial; para-cycling powerhouse Sarah Storey; and Tayler Wiles, who placed third in last year's Amgen Tour of California Time Trial. Two of Brennauer's teammates from the team time trail championship, Carmen Small and Evelyn Stevens, will also be competing. The Amgen Tour of California has always been a place where the best women in the world can come to race in an international forum, said Stevens, who will be riding for Boels Dolmans Cycling Team. This year, the competition is steeper than ever.ADVERTISEMENT Beginning at 11 a.m. on May 15, the UCI sanctioned race will precede the stage 6 men's individual time trial. The 24km race is ranked 1.1 by the UCI, the highest race classification behind a World Cup. I was planning to retire until I learned I had the opportunity to race in the 2015 Amgen Tour of California, said BMW-Happy Tooth Dental's Rhae Shaw, who recently won the time trial in Big Bear Lake as part of the Redlands Bicycle Classic. It's a race worth sticking around for, and I'm thrilled to be a part of it. Jackie Crowell, a Tour of California Ambassador, will be competing under the Breakaway from Cancer banner in her first professional race since she was diagnosed with a brain tumor in 2013. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Armstrong's girlfriend target of US subpoena
May 01, 2015 (07:15) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
The government wants to question Lance Armstrong's domestic partner as part of its civil case against the disgraced cyclist, according to a report in USA Today. Anna Hansen, the target of the subpoena, is the mother of Armstrong's two youngest children. The former seven-time Tour de France winner, who was stripped of his titles because of PED use, is fighting the subpoena, saying it "appears to have been served only to harass Armstrong and his family," according to the USA Today report. Hansen was recently summoned to appear next month in the government's case on behalf of the US Postal Service and whistleblower Floyd Landis. Hansen met Armstrong in 2008, four years after the USPS sponsorship ended, his attorneys state.ADVERTISEMENT "Anna knows nothing about events related to the USPS sponsorship," Armstrong's attorney, Sharif Jacob, stated in an e-mail to government attorneys, according to the USA Today report. But government attorney David Finkelstein replied in an email to Armstrong's legal team that "Ms. Hansen is a fact witness to several issues in this case," according to the USA Today report. The newspaper also reported that Armstrong's attorneys filed several documents Wednesday that outline his legal team's dispute with the government over the sharing of pretrial evidence. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...

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