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Cycling: Hamilton jokes with Armstrong in 'strange' meeting
April 13, 2015 (19:30) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
Cyclist Tyler Hamilton had a "strange" encounter with his old Tour de France teammate Lance Armstrong last week.Hamilton, in Auckland to speak at a Sport New Zealand conference, told the Herald it was the first time they had seen... More...
Stapleton-Knaggs settlement rejected in Landis and Armstrong case
April 11, 2015 (04:30) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
A judge has upheld the US governments rejection of a proposed settlement for Bob Stapleton and Barton Knaggs in the Floyd Landis / Lance Armstrong qui tam lawsuit. The suit, which was filed in 2010, accuses Armstrong of defrauding the US government when the former seven-time Tour de France winner was riding for the US Postal Service. The government later joined Landis' lawsuit, and under the False Claims Act, damages could be tripled to nearly $100 million. As the whistleblower who filed the case, Landis would be eligible for part of any damages awarded. In December, Stapleton, Armstrong's longtime agent, and Knaggs, Armstrong's longtime business partner, offered to pay $600,000 to be released from the $100 million fraud case.ADVERTISEMENT The US government joined the Landis case in 2013, but did not specifically name Stapleton and Knaggs. However, it still has veto power over any potential settlement by them, and has exercised that option, leading the two to appeal to the judge. "Although the government has remained silent before this court, in discussions with (Stapleton's and Knaggs') counsel, the government has demanded that (they) agree to a nebulous `cooperation' requirement, which permits the government to unwind the settlement if it does not deem their `cooperation' `helpful,'" according to a filing by Stapleton and Knaggs attorneys, USA Today reported. That is the government's good right, a judge has now ruled. "Until the United States, through the attorney general, provides its written consent, the court may not approve the settlement or order the voluntary dismissal" of the defendants." You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Armstrong hasn't done enough, says WADA director general
March 26, 2015 (02:30) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
David Howman, the director general of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), has said that Lance Armstrong has not done enough have his lifetime ban reduced. Speaking during a WADA symposium in Lausanne, Howman said that they are not currently considering reducing the Americans ban. "If he satisfied the criteria to go forward and ask for suspension of his ban, the criteria will be carefully looked at, but so far he has not," Howman said in an interview with Associated Press. "There is no consideration being given to it." Armstrong has often likened his lifetime ban to a life sentence and has criticised USADA - who handed him the ban for his part in what they called the most sophisticated, professionalized and successful doping program that sport has ever seen. " for their inconsistency in the lengths of bans meted out to the others involved.ADVERTISEMENT Despite looking to have his ban reduced, Armstrong refused to speak to the authorities for some time. Armstrong did finally speak to the UCIs CIRC investigation but no changes were made to his ban and Howman believes that he had plenty of opportunity to do so beforehand and waiting until the UCI had launched an investigation was too little too late. "I'm not sure why he has not done anything. He certainly had plenty of opportunities, including talking to us, but he has not come forward with substantial information that might be helpful to the cycling fraternity, said Howman. He did not do it before the independent commission that was established by the UCI. He did not do it with USADA. He has not done it with us. It's almost too late. "If he had been given a harsher treatment, then one would have expected an appeal. There was no appeal. Everybody would hope that he would sit down and explain the whole regime and what they did. He had that chance. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
WADA: Armstrong's attempt at reduced ban 'almost too late'
March 24, 2015 (12:15) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) " WADA director general David Howman says Lance Armstrong has not done enough to get his life ban reduced and that his latest attempt for rehabilitation is coming too late.Speaking to The Associated Press... More...
WADA: Armstrong's attempt at reduced ban 'almost too late' (The Associated Press)
March 24, 2015 (12:15) [ Indexed from Yahoo! Sports ]
WADA director general David Howman says Lance Armstrong has not done enough to get his life ban reduced and that his latest attempt for rehabilitation is coming too late. Speaking to The Associated Press on the sidelines of a WADA symposium, Howman said the American cyclist did not seize the opportunities he had to come forward with the details of his doping past. Armstrong met with the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency chief Travis Tygart this month in hopes of getting a reduction of his ban but has yet to get in touch with WADA. More...
1987 winner backs Lance Armstrong charity ride on Tour route
March 23, 2015 (17:45) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
PARIS (AP) " The 1987 winner of the Tour de France supports Lance Armstrong riding part of this July's route to raise funds against blood cancer.Stephen Roche says "it's for a very good cause" and adds "he hasn't killed anybody."Former... More...
Vaughters praises meeting between Armstrong and Tygart
March 20, 2015 (02:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Cannondale-Garmn boss Jonathan Vaughters has praised reports of a meeting between Lance Armstrong and US Anti-doping Agency chief executive Travis Tygart, according to a report in the Guardian on Wednesday. The New York Times reported earlier this week that Armstrong met with Tygart last week near the Denver Airport. Neither Armstrong nor Tygart would confirm the meeting. While addressing the Tackling Doping in Sport conference in London, Vaughters told the assembled crowd that he doesn't know what the motivations for the meeting were, but he believes it's good news. "My experiences with Travis have been nothing but positive," Vaughters said, according to The Guardian.ADVERTISEMENT Vaughters also addressed the recent news that Armstrong planned to ride the Tour route this summer as part of a charity event with former footballer Geoff Thomas, who has suffered from cancer. UCI president Brian Cookson condemned the idea. "I understand that opinion," Vaughters said of Cookson's remarks. "I sincerely hope his reasons for wanting to do that are altruistic. I have no idea what his motivations are. If its altruistic then its hard to condemn anything altruistic, across the board. If its part of a greater commercial strategy or legal strategy, then I feel like thats disingenuous." Vaughters also speculated that Armstrong was merely seeking acceptance amongst his former peers. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
AP Source: Lance Armstrong meets with USADA (The Associated Press)
March 19, 2015 (09:15) [ Indexed from Yahoo! Sports ]
Lance Armstrong talked last week with the head of the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency in hopes of potentially reducing his lifetime ban from the sports he loves, The Associated Press has learned. Armstrong and Travis Tygart met for six hours, according to a person with knowledge of the meeting who spoke on condition of anonymity because the discussion was meant to remain private. The two have publicly sparred since the agency's investigation into doping by Armstrong and his U.S. Postal Service team led to Armstrong's ban and his being stripped of his seven Tour de France titles. Tygart has said that despite Armstrong's public confessions to performance-enhancing drugs use, he had to meet with USADA to have any chance of reducing his ban, which also covers sanctioned triathlons, marathons and other sports Armstrong enjoys. More...
Report: Armstrong and Tygart met to discuss reduced sanction
March 19, 2015 (02:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
The New York Times reported on Tuesday that Lance Armstrong met recently with US Anti-doping Agency head Travis Tygart to discuss the possibility of reducing his lifetime ban. The newspaper reported that Armstrong and Tygart met for the first time in more than two years last week near Denver International Airport. Tygart would not confirm the meeting, and Armstrong's lawyer was not available for comment when theTimes attempted to contact him. But the newspaper reported that Armstrong has confided with "close friends" that the meeting took place. Former Armstrong teammate Scott Mercier, who is friends with both Armstrong and Tygart, arranged the meeting, according to the report.ADVERTISEMENT Although he would not confirm that such a meeting took place, Tygart did tell the Times that USADA's position had not changed. "From the very beginning, our hope has always been that he would come in, sit down and have a full discussion," Tygart told the newspaper, but he added that it was premature to talk about any kind of reduced sanction. Tygart also told the newspaper that "the ultimate objective now is to get in a beneficial spot " for both anti-doping and for Lance himself." You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
AP Source: Lance Armstrong meets with USADA
March 18, 2015 (17:45) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) " A person with knowledge of the meeting tells The Associated Press that cyclist Lance Armstrong talked last week with the head of the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency in hopes of potentially reducing his lifetime ban.Armstrong... More...
AP Source: Lance Armstrong meets with USADA (The Associated Press)
March 18, 2015 (17:18) [ Indexed from Yahoo! Sports ]
A person with knowledge of the meeting tells The Associated Press that cyclist Lance Armstrong talked last week with the head of the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency in hopes of potentially reducing his lifetime ban. Armstrong and Travis Tygart met for six hours, according to the person who spoke on condition of anonymity because the discussion was meant to remain private. Tygart has said that despite Armstrong's public confessions to performance-enhancing drugs use, he had to meet with USADA to have any chance of reducing his ban, which covers sanctioned triathlons, marathons and other sports Armstrong enjoys. More...
Cookson opposed to Armstrong's participation in Tour de France charity ride
March 18, 2015 (01:45) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
UCI president Brian Cookson has voiced his opposition to Lance Armstrong's participation in a charity ride on the route of this year's Tour de France, stating that it would be completely inappropriate and disrespectful." Armstrong has been invited by former England and Crystal Palace footballer Geoff Thomas to join him on part of his fund-raising ride for the Cure Leukaemia charity in France this July. Thomas, who cited Armstrong as an inspiration during his recovery from leukaemia a decade ago, is set to ride the entire route of the 2015 Tour one day ahead of the race. The Daily Mail has reported that Armstrong will join him for two stages. "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 on Tuesday, according to AFP. I think Lance would be well-advised not to take part in that."ADVERTISEMENT Armstrong was stripped of his seven Tour de France titles and banned for life in 2012 following USADA's investigation into the doping system in place at his US Postal team. The American subsequently confessed to doping in January 2013 and provided testimony to the Cycling Independent Reform Commission last year. Cookson was speaking at the Sport Industry Breakfast Club in London, and he dismissed the notion that the Armstrongs presence is justifiable on the basis that the event is for charity. "I've heard that reason rolled out throughout Lance Armstrong's career as well," he said. "I'm not critical of people trying to raise funds for charity, let's be clear. But I think maybe Lance could find a better way of continuing his fundraising efforts than this." While Armstrong is prohibited from taking part in organised sporting events " he was unable, for instance, to take part in the Gran Fondo Hincapie event last year " there are no regulations to prevent him from riding as part of Thomas initiative in July. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
UCI head tells Lance Armstrong to drop 'disrespectful' Tour plan
March 17, 2015 (22:15) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
The head of world cycling urged Lance Armstrong on Tuesday to abandon "disrespectful" plans to ride part of the Tour de France route a day before the professional peloton. The disgraced cyclist responded by insisting he was "honoured... More...
UCI head tells Armstrong to drop 'disrespectful' Tour plan (The Associated Press)
March 17, 2015 (21:30) [ Indexed from Yahoo! Sports ]
The head of world cycling urged Lance Armstrong on Tuesday to abandon ''disrespectful'' plans to ride part of the Tour de France route a day before the professional peloton. Armstrong, a testicular cancer survivor, was approached to join the ride by a former English soccer player, who is trying to raise $1.5 million for the fight against blood cancer. Although the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency, which imposed a life ban from cycling on Armstrong, has no objection to the plan, the International Cycling Union wants him to stay away from the sport. UCI President Brian Cookson warned that the sport's showpiece event in July risked being undermined by the appearance of Armstrong, who was stripped of his seven Tour titles for doping on every one of his wins from 1999-2005. More...
UCI chief blasts Armstrong's 'charity' Tour return (Reuters)
March 17, 2015 (21:30) [ Indexed from Yahoo! Sports ]
By Martyn Herman LONDON (Reuters) - Lance Armstrong's plan to ride part of this year's Tour de France route for charity has been branded "disrespectful" by the head of cycling's governing body Brian Cookson. The disgraced American, stripped of his seven Tour titles because of blood doping, has been invited by fellow cancer survivor and former English soccer player Geoff Thomas to join him in raising money for a leukaemia charity. "Lance Armstrong riding on some or all of the route one day before the race, I can't think of better words than disrespectful and inappropriate to the Tour de France, the current riders, the UCI and anti-doping," UCI chief Cookson told reporters at a sports industry meeting on Tuesday. "The charity justification was used quite a lot throughout his career and that got us into all sorts of a mess which is well documented. More...
Cycling-UCI chief blasts Armstrong's 'charity' Tour return (Reuters)
March 17, 2015 (21:30) [ Indexed from Yahoo! Sports ]
(Adds Thomas reaction) By Martyn Herman LONDON, March 17 (Reuters) - Lance Armstrong's plan to ride part of this year's Tour de France route for charity has been branded "disrespectful" by the head of cycling's governing body Brian Cookson. The disgraced American, stripped of his seven Tour titles because of blood doping, has been invited by fellow cancer survivor and former English soccer player Geoff Thomas to join him in raising money for a leukaemia charity. "Lance Armstrong riding on some or all of the route one day before the race, I can't think of better words than disrespectful and inappropriate to the Tour de France, the current riders, the UCI and anti-doping," UCI chief Cookson told reporters at a sports industry meeting on Tuesday. "The charity justification was used quite a lot throughout his career and that got us into all sorts of a mess which is well documented. More...
Cycling-UCI chief blasts Armstrong's 'charity' Tour return (Reuters)
March 17, 2015 (16:00) [ Indexed from Yahoo! Sports ]
(Adds Thomas reaction) By Martyn Herman LONDON, March 17 (Reuters) - Lance Armstrong's plan to ride part of this year's Tour de France route for charity has been branded "disrespectful" by the head of cycling's governing body Brian Cookson. The disgraced American, stripped of his seven Tour titles because of blood doping, has been invited by fellow cancer survivor and former English soccer player Geoff Thomas to join him in raising money for a leukaemia charity. "Lance Armstrong riding on some or all of the route one day before the race, I can't think of better words than disrespectful and inappropriate to the Tour de France, the current riders, the UCI and anti-doping," UCI chief Cookson told reporters at a sports industry meeting on Tuesday. "The charity justification was used quite a lot throughout his career and that got us into all sorts of a mess which is well documented. More...
UCI chief blasts Armstrong's 'charity' Tour return (Reuters)
March 17, 2015 (13:30) [ Indexed from Yahoo! Sports ]
By Martyn Herman LONDON (Reuters) - Lance Armstrong's plan to ride this year's Tour de France route for charity has been branded "disrespectful" by the head of cycling's governing body Brian Cookson. The disgraced American, stripped of his seven Tour titles because of blood doping, has been invited by fellow cancer survivor and former English soccer player Geoff Thomas to ride the route to raise money for a leukemia charity. "I understand that he's been approached by Geoff Thomas to take part in a charity event and I'm sure that Geoff means well," UCI chief Cookson told reporters at a sports industry meeting on Tuesday. "Bringing Lance Armstrong to ride on some or all of the route one day before the race, I can't think of better words than disrespectful and inappropriate to the Tour de France, the current riders, the UCI and anti-doping. More...
Cycling head urges Lance Armstrong not to pursue France ride
March 17, 2015 (11:30) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
LONDON (AP) " The head of world cycling says it would be "disrespectful" to current riders if Lance Armstrong rode the Tour de France route a day before the professional peloton as a charity fundraiser.Armstrong was stripped of... More...
Cycling head urges Lance Armstrong not to pursue France ride (The Associated Press)
March 17, 2015 (11:00) [ Indexed from Yahoo! Sports ]
LONDON (AP) -- The head of world cycling says it would be ''disrespectful'' to current riders if Lance Armstrong rode the Tour de France route a day before the professional peloton as a charity fundraiser. More...

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