Sad. What else can I say. I used to be a Lance fan.
Report in http://www.scribd.com/
I’m tempted to extract paragraphs from the summary…, but I find myself copying the entire thing.
Better for you to read it.
Gray rainy afternoon…
A few things I hadn’t thought of:
…at a hearing USADA would have been able to examine on the record and under oath members of Mr. Armstrong’s inner circle and others with knowledge of Armstrong’s doping who refused to come forward or were unwilling to speak with USADA absent a subpoena. Mr. Armstrong’s refusal to participate in a hearing prevented the testimony of many other witnesses from being heard.
Armstrong said, “we had one goal and one ambition and that was to win the greatest bike race in the world and not just to win it once, but to keep winning it.” However, the path he chose to pursue that goal ran far outside the rules. His goal led him to depend on EPO, testosterone and blood transfusions but also, more ruthlessly, to expect and to require that his team mates would likewise use drugs to support his goals if not their own.
About the “failed” Federal investigation (in VeloNews):
On February 3, 2012, the U.S. Department of Justice called off its probe into Lance Armstrong and an alleged doping ring at the U.S. Postal Service team. No reasons were given for the dropped case, only the statement from U.S. Attorney André Birotte, Jr., which landed two days before the Super Bowl and quickly washed away.
Since then, there has been no new information regarding the federal investigation into Armstrong and other pillars of the Postal Service dynasty, though the 200-page report — with some 1,000 pages of supporting documents — that the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency published on Wednesday has called into question the decision to walk away from a case that seems overwhelmingly convincing.
…it is yet to be seen whether his work in exposing a 14-year conspiracy to use, traffic and cover-up performance enhancing drugs will lead federal prosecutors to re-open their own Postal Service investigation…