An investigation into allegations that Armstrong used performance-enhancing drugs was dropped earlier this year by Andre Birotte Jr., the US attorney for the central district of California. Birotte’s office offered little explanation for the move, which came as a surprise to many in the global cycling community. A spokesman for Birotte’s office, Bruce Riordan, said: "Our office declines to comment on the matter in question."
The U.S. Anti-Doping Agency paints Lance Armstrong as a dope-fiend, bully, and liar in the USADA blockbuster report. From the covert doping during the Tour de France to his deeper ties to a tainted doctor, see the most scandalous revelations.
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Sad. What else can I say. I used to be a Lance fan.
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…
USADA released their report / findings
“It was not enough that his teammates give maximum effort on the bike, he also required that they adhere to the doping program outlined for them or be replaced,” the antidoping agency said in its report. “He was not just a part of the doping culture on his team, he enforced and reinforced it.”