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Column: Time to rethink but not reduce Lance Armstrong's ban
March 09, 2015 (19:45) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
PARIS (AP) " A short-haired man, his accomplices and hangers-on walk into a jewelry store and help themselves, stuffing their pockets with swag. The store's security guard not only turns a blind eye, he pulls down the shutters to... More...
Column: Time to rethink but not reduce Lance Armstrong's ban (The Associated Press)
March 09, 2015 (19:45) [ Indexed from Yahoo! Sports ]
Add two wheels and Lycra to that story and you start to understand why Lance Armstrong feels he has suffered rough justice. It found that supposed guardians of the sport at the International Cycling Union or UCI, the very people meant to be watching the store and catching thieves like Armstrong who cheated to win, instead helped shield him and cover for his deceit. The scathing 227-page report from the Cycling Independent Reform Commission should be compulsory reading for administrators in all sports, not just cycling. Being a relatively small sport, where ''everyone, or nearly everyone, knows everyone else,'' also made cycling vulnerable, the CIRC found. More...
UCI hid Armstrong dope test, says new chief Cookson (Reuters)
March 09, 2015 (18:15) [ Indexed from Yahoo! Sports ]
Disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong would not have won seven Tour de France titles without receiving favorable treatment from the International Cycling Union (UCI), the current head of the world governing body said on Monday. A report by the Independent Reform Commission published on Monday said previous UCI management were more concerned about their own image rather than tackling doping as the American rode his way to Tour de France glory from 1999-2005. "The style of leadership is pretty much criticized in the report and led to major errors," Brian Cookson told reporters from the UCI headquarters in Aigle, Switzerland. "UCI exempted Lance Armstrong from rules, failed to target test him despite the suspicions, and publicly supported him against allegations of doping," the report said. More...
UCI hid Armstrong dope test, says new chief Cookson (Reuters)
March 09, 2015 (12:00) [ Indexed from Yahoo! Sports ]
Disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong would not have won seven Tour de France titles without receiving favorable treatment from the International Cycling Union (UCI), the current head of the world governing body said on Monday. A report by the Independent Reform Commission published on Monday said previous UCI management were more concerned about their own image rather than tackling doping as the American rode his way to Tour de France glory from 1999-2005. "The style of leadership is pretty much criticized in the report and led to major errors," Brian Cookson told reporters from the UCI headquarters in Aigle, Switzerland. "UCI exempted Lance Armstrong from rules, failed to target test him despite the suspicions, and publicly supported him against allegations of doping," the report said. More...
Armstrong backs investigation into cycling's murky past (The Associated Press)
March 09, 2015 (02:45) [ Indexed from Yahoo! Sports ]
Lance Armstrong welcomed an investigative report into the murky past of cycling's governing body and said he hopes it can help the sport move on from an era that will always be remembered for the doping by himself and others. The report turned up no evidence to sustain previous allegations that Armstrong paid the UCI to cover up a positive doping test back in his heyday, yet it explains in great detail how the UCI acted favorably toward Armstrong - a rider dubbed ''cycling's pop star.'' The Cycling Independent Reform Commission (CIRC) was requested by Brian Cookson, the current UCI president. Its report examined how the doping culture during Armstrong's era was allowed to fester under the previous UCI leadership of former president Pat McQuaid and predecessor Hein Verbruggen. More...
Cycling leaders slammed for letting doping, Armstrong win (The Associated Press)
March 09, 2015 (02:45) [ Indexed from Yahoo! Sports ]
Cycling officials let doping flourish and broke their own rules so Lance Armstrong could cheat his way to becoming the superstar the sport badly needed, according to a scathing report into its drug culture. The International Cycling Union was severely criticized for failing to act during the doping era dominated by Armstrong, but the 227-page report the governing body released early Monday found no evidence that he paid to cover up alleged positive tests. The report was commissioned by the new UCI leadership to investigate doping that shredded cycling's credibility and led to Armstrong being stripped of his seven Tour de France titles in 2012. The UCI's lack of will to curb Armstrong and other riders in an era ''infested'' with use of the blood-boosting hormone EPO is made clear in the Cycling Independent Reform Commission (CIRC) report. More...
Cycling: Lance Armstrong and UCI 'colluded to bypass doping accusations'
March 09, 2015 (01:45) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
An independent commission has accused top leaders of cycling's world body of protecting Lance Armstrong despite mounting signs the disgraced Tour de France winner was a doping cheat.The commission also slammed money and benefits... More...
Armstrong backs investigation into cycling's murky past
March 09, 2015 (01:45) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
PARIS (AP) " Lance Armstrong welcomed an investigative report into the murky past of cycling's governing body and said he hopes it can help the sport move on from an era that will always be remembered for the doping by himself and... More...
Cycling leaders slammed for letting doping, Armstrong win
March 09, 2015 (01:30) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
GENEVA (AP) " Cycling officials let doping flourish and broke their own rules so Lance Armstrong could cheat his way to becoming the superstar the sport badly needed, according to a scathing report into its drug culture.The International... More...
Armstrong backs investigation into cycling's murky past (The Associated Press)
March 09, 2015 (01:30) [ Indexed from Yahoo! Sports ]
Lance Armstrong welcomed an investigative report into the murky past of cycling's governing body and said he hopes it can help the sport move on from an era that will always be remembered for the doping by himself and others. The report turned up no evidence to sustain previous allegations that Armstrong paid the UCI to cover up a positive doping test back in his heyday, yet it explains in great detail how the UCI acted favorably toward Armstrong - a rider dubbed ''cycling's pop star.'' The Cycling Independent Reform Commission (CIRC) was requested by Brian Cookson, the current UCI president. Its report examined how the doping culture during Armstrong's era was allowed to fester under the previous UCI leadership of former president Pat McQuaid and predecessor Hein Verbruggen. More...
Cycling leaders slammed for letting doping, Armstrong win (The Associated Press)
March 09, 2015 (01:30) [ Indexed from Yahoo! Sports ]
Cycling officials let doping flourish and broke their own rules so Lance Armstrong could cheat his way to becoming the superstar the sport badly needed, according to a scathing report into its drug culture. The International Cycling Union was severely criticized for failing to act during the doping era dominated by Armstrong, but the 227-page report the governing body released early Monday found no evidence that he paid to cover up alleged positive tests. The report was commissioned by the new UCI leadership to investigate doping that shredded cycling's credibility and led to Armstrong being stripped of his seven Tour de France titles in 2012. The UCI's lack of will to curb Armstrong and other riders in an era ''infested'' with use of the blood-boosting hormone EPO is made clear in the Cycling Independent Reform Commission (CIRC) report. More...
Report: Armstrongs lifetime ban unlikely to be reduced
March 02, 2015 (18:15) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Lance Armstrong's hopes of having his lifetime ban reduced by the Cycling Independent Reform Commission (CIRC) appear to have been extinguished according to a report by David Walsh in the The Sunday Times. Having been stripped of his seven Tour de France victories following the 2012 USADA reasoned decision, Armstrong has repeatedly argued that his life-time ban is too harsh a penalty considering former teammates were only handed six-month bans. Armstrong claimed that he would be the first through the door when the Cycling Independent Reform Commission began to interview former dopers. He revealed he spoke to the CIRC investigators twice during 2014 and told the BBC that he had been totally honest, adding, "At this point of my life, I'm not out to protect anybody. I'm out to protect seven people, and they all have the last name Armstrong."ADVERTISEMENT However, the Sunday Times reports that this was not enough for the Commission to even recommend that his ban be reduced. The United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) would have the last word on any ban and has always claimed Armstrong gave up on any chance of a reduced ban by failing to cooperate during their investigation. "Despite Mr Armstrong publicly claiming he wants to help, privately since June 2012, he has repeatedly rejected the opportunity to do so and has shut the door on his chance," USADA said last year. "Much of the information we understand that Mr Armstrong could have provided is of little, if any, value now, as it has already been uncovered through other avenues or soon will be." You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
APNewsBreak: Armstrong to ride in Livestrong event (The Associated Press)
February 20, 2015 (22:30) [ Indexed from Yahoo! Sports ]
Lance Armstrong is getting back on his bike, this time to raise money for the charity he founded and was later pressured to leave. Armstrong has set up a fundraising team for the Livestrong Challenge ride in Austin in October. It will be his first return to the event since 2012, when a report by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency exposed performance-enhancing drug use by Armstrong and his U.S. Postal Service team. Armstrong was later stripped of his record seven Tour de France titles and pressured to leave the Livestrong board. More...
APNewsBreak: Armstrong to ride in Livestrong event
February 20, 2015 (17:30) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) " Lance Armstrong is getting back on his bike, this time to ride and raise money for the charity he founded and was later pressured to leave.Armstrong has set up a fundraising team for the Livestrong Challenge... More...
APNewsBreak: Armstrong to ride in Livestrong event (The Associated Press)
February 20, 2015 (17:15) [ Indexed from Yahoo! Sports ]
Lance Armstrong is getting back on his bike, this time to ride and raise money for the charity he founded and was later pressured to leave. Armstrong has set up a fundraising team for the Livestrong Challenge ride in Austin in October. It will be his first return to the Livestrong event since 2012, when a report by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency exposed performance-enhancing drug use by Armstrong and his U.S. Postal Service team. In a statement to The Associated Press, Armstrong says he remains ''humbled and proud'' of Livestrong. More...
News shorts: Armstrong pleads guilty to careless driving
February 19, 2015 (11:30) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Armstrong pleads guilty to careless driving USA Today reported on Wednesday that Lance Armstrong has pleaded guilty to careless driving for colliding with two parked cars with his SUV in Aspen, Colorado. The story made headlines previously after it was reported that Armstrong's girlfriend, Anna Hansen, originally took responsibility for the December 28 collisions. Hansen later admitted that she lied to avoid media attention.ADVERTISEMENT As part of a plea agreement with prosecutors, Armstrong entered his plea by mail on Friday, according to USA Today, which reported that Armstrong paid $238.50 to cover court fees and a $150 fine. Deputy District Attorney Andrea Bryan told the newspaper that it is common for people enter pleas by mail in such cases. Careless driving can be punished by up to 90 days in jail, but Bryan told USA Today that jail time is rare. It was a rough week in the courts for Armstrong, who on Monday was 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. The company spent two years fighting against paying the bonus after the first allegations of Armstrong's doping appeared in the book L.A. Confidentiel by David Walsh and Pierre Ballaster. SCA Promotions settled out of court in 2006 after a lengthy arbitration, paying the original $5 million bonus plus $2.5 million in court costs. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Lance Armstrong admits careless driving in Colorado hit-and-run (Reuters)
February 19, 2015 (08:00) [ Indexed from Yahoo! Sports ]
By Keith Coffman DENVER (Reuters) - Lance Armstrong has pleaded guilty to careless driving for side-swiping two parked cars in the Colorado ski resort of Aspen late last year in an incident for which his girlfriend initially took the blame, authorities said on Wednesday. The 43-year-old disgraced professional cyclist avoided a court appearance by paying $238.50 in fines and court costs by mail last week, according to the Pitkin County clerk's office. More...
Lance Armstrong pleads guilty to careless driving in Aspen (The Associated Press)
February 19, 2015 (08:00) [ Indexed from Yahoo! Sports ]
ASPEN, Colo. (AP) -- Lance Armstrong has pleaded guilty to careless driving for hitting two parked cars with his SUV in Aspen. More...
Lance Armstrong admits careless driving in Colorado hit-and-run (Reuters)
February 19, 2015 (01:30) [ Indexed from Yahoo! Sports ]
By Keith Coffman DENVER (Reuters) - Lance Armstrong has pleaded guilty to careless driving for side-swiping two parked cars in the Colorado ski resort of Aspen late last year in an incident for which his girlfriend initially took the blame, authorities said on Wednesday. The 43-year-old disgraced professional cyclist avoided a court appearance by paying $238.50 in fines and court costs by mail last week, according to the Pitkin County clerk's office. More...
Lance Armstrong pleads guilty to careless driving in Aspen (The Associated Press)
February 18, 2015 (19:45) [ Indexed from Yahoo! Sports ]
ASPEN, Colo. (AP) -- Lance Armstrong has pleaded guilty to careless driving for hitting two parked cars with his SUV in Aspen. More...

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