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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...
Lance Armstrong: WADA head rebuffed proposed meeting in 2013 (The Associated Press)
April 23, 2015 (02:30) [ Indexed from Yahoo! Sports ]
Lance Armstrong said Wednesday that the World Anti-Doping Agency and others are ''owed an apology'' from him for cheating during his cycling career, but noted that the agency's chief rebuffed efforts to meet back in 2013. David Howman, director general of WADA, told The Associated Press this week that he is disappointed Armstrong had not apologized for costly and time-consuming lawsuits before the former cycling champion admitted using performance-enhancing drugs. Armstrong initially declined comment on Howman's remark, but on Wednesday provided the AP with a May 2013 email exchange with Howman, who initially indicted he could meet with Armstrong, then backed off under advice from WADA lawyers. Armstrong won the Tour de France every year from 1999-2005. More...
Lance Armstrong: WADA head rebuffed proposed meeting in 2013
April 22, 2015 (22:45) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) " Lance Armstrong said Wednesday that the World Anti-Doping Agency and others are "owed an apology," but noted the agency's chief rebuffed efforts to meet with him back in 2013.David Howman, director general of... More...
Lance Armstrong: WADA head rebuffed proposed meeting in 2013 (The Associated Press)
April 22, 2015 (22:45) [ Indexed from Yahoo! Sports ]
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) -- Lance Armstrong said Wednesday that the World Anti-Doping Agency and others are ''owed an apology,'' but noted the agency's chief rebuffed efforts to meet with him back in 2013. More...
Verbruggen rejects Cookson's call to step down as UCI honorary president
April 21, 2015 (05:30) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Hein Verbruggen has dismissed UCI President Brian Cookson's call for him to resign his title of honorary president in a long letter to members of the UCI's Management Committee and said that he is "proud" of the legal action he took against Floyd Landis, Paul Kimmage and others who have spoken on the issue of doping in cycling. Following the publication of the Cycling Independent Reform Commission (CIRC) report last month, which highlighted "numerous examples that prove Lance Armstrong benefited from a preferential status" during Verbruggen's time at the head of the UCI, Cookson wrote to Verbruggen to ask him to step down from his role as honorary president. In a 3,350-word letter to the UCI Management Committee, however, published in full by Belgian newspaper De Morgen on Monday, Verbruggen questioned the validity of the CIRC report and rejected the appeal for his resignation.ADVERTISEMENT Verbruggen complained about what he termed Cookson's "Honorary President-obsession" and lamented that communication with the Briton " with the exception of a letter dated March 17 " "has never been direct, only through his preferred channel, the media. "I have the strong impression that both Messrs. Cookson and [UCI director general Martin] Gibbs [] seem to believe that the whole CIRC-saga is over following the publication of the report and the delivery of the much sought after "evidence" that allows them to take away my honorary title," Verbruggen wrote. "Dear Friends and Management Committee Members, it is definitely not going to be that easy. "Mr.Cookson is in for a surprise if he thinks that I will accept this scandalously biased CIRC-report and the same goes for taking away my honorary title. Indeed, the last word about the CIRC-report has not yet been written. I would like to make you aware that I am having the report analysed by Swiss lawyers." You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
USA Cycling replaces Armstrong with Wiles for 2015 Pan Am Championships
April 19, 2015 (05:15) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
USA Cycling has announced the revised selection for the 2015 Pan Am Championships to include Tayler Wiles, who will take the place of double Olympic gold medallist Kristin Armstrong in the individual time trial. USA Cycling announced on Tuesday that Armstrong was nominated to the four-woman roster, however, the Selection Committee reconvened two days laterto discuss the selection process and determined that recent modifications to the Principles of Athlete Selection (last published in 2008) were not published in a timely manner. On Friday, USA Cycling confirmed that the Selection Committee would consider the previously established criteria in making its discretionary selections and not use an updated version of the Principles of Athlete Selection that was published earlier this year.ADVERTISEMENT The statement read that The Principles of Athlete Selection identify three broad categories for consideration in the discretionary nomination process: 1) Medal Capability; 2) Ability to Enhance Team Performance; and 3) Future Medal Capability. In order to remain current with new technology, i.e.,power meters and new quantitative performance metrics, the principles were updated last year in conjunction with the preparation of the recently-published Olympic Selection Criteria and were submitted to the USOC for approval along with the 2016 Olympic Selection Criteria.Upon USOCapproval, the documents were published on the USA Cycling website. While the updated Principles of Athlete Selection will serve well for selection to Olympic and other events, theywere published too late to beappropriately used in the selection process to the 2015 Pan Am Championships." Steve Johnson, USA Cycling President and CEO added,We always try to ensure than any changes to athlete selection criteria are published well before athletes are impacted by them. Unfortunately that did not happen in this case, so we have asked the Selection Committee to review their nominations based on the proven, well known and long-standing criteria. Armstrong, who retired from professional racing three years ago but was set to make a return for the time trial event next month, released a public statement that said, You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
USA Cycling replaces Armstrong on Pan Am roster (The Associated Press)
April 18, 2015 (05:15) [ Indexed from Yahoo! Sports ]
USA Cycling replaced two-time Olympic gold medalist Kristin Armstrong on its roster for next month's Pan Am Championships on Friday after questions surfaced about the criteria used in picking the four-member women's team. Up-and-coming star Tayler Wiles took Armstrong's place in the time trial. The rest of the team heading to Leon, Mexico, remained the same with Carmen Small riding in the time trial, then joining Lauren Hall and Coryn Rivera in the road race. Like always, I want to earn it.'' The dispute over the Pan Am roster began when USA Cycling used recent modifications to its selection criteria that placed greater emphasis on quantifiable metrics, such as a rider's power output. More...
USA Cycling reconsiders 2015 Pan Am Championships nominations
April 18, 2015 (05:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
USA Cycling announced on Thursday that its Selection Committee will reconsider the athletes nominated for the 2015 Pan Am Continental Championships,which included retired double Olympic gold medallist Kristin Armstrong. According to a press release from USA Cycling, it has reconvened its Selection Committee to reconsider thenominations because it was determined that modifications to the Principles of Athlete Selection (last published in 2008) were not published in a timely manner. We normally endeavor to publish modifications to our Principles of Athlete Selection at least six months in advance of their application, said USA Cycling Vice President of Athletics Jim Miller. Clearly that did not happen in this case and we have subsequently referred the matter back to our Selection Committee.ADVERTISEMENT USA Cycling had announced the four women who would be competing in the time trial and road events on Tuesday, which included Armstrong, who retired from professional racing three years ago but was set to make a return for the time trial event next month. "Like a lot of you, I just learned that this criteria for selection had changed recently, and now USA Cycling has decided to revert to their older criteria," Armstrong said in a public statement. "If under this "new" criteria I am not selected I will not only fully support USA Cycling's decision but more importantly the athletes that will be representing the USA in Mexico." The riders also included Carmen Small for both the road race and the time trial, and Lauren Hall and Coryn Rivera for the road race. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
USA Cycling replaces Armstrong on Pan Am roster (The Associated Press)
April 18, 2015 (03:45) [ Indexed from Yahoo! Sports ]
USA Cycling replaced two-time Olympic gold medalist Kristin Armstrong on its roster for next month's Pan Am Championships on Friday after questions surfaced about the criteria used in picking the four-member women's team. Up-and-coming star Tayler Wiles took Armstrong's place in the time trial. The rest of the team heading to Leon, Mexico, remained the same with Carmen Small riding in the time trial, then joining Lauren Hall and Coryn Rivera in the road race. Like always, I want to earn it.'' The dispute over the Pan Am roster began when USA Cycling used recent modifications to its selection criteria that placed greater emphasis on quantifiable metrics, such as a rider's power output. More...
Hamilton reveals he met with Armstrong at recent whistleblower suit hearing
April 16, 2015 (05:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Tyler Hamilton and Lance Armstrong came face to face last week while giving evidence during a USfederal government false claims lawsuit against Armstrong and others. The federal suit was instigated by the pair's former teammate Floyd Landis, who helped kick off the chain of events that led to Armstrong being banned for life by USADA for doping in 2012. Armstrong and several others are accused of defrauding sponsor USPostal Service, part of the federal government, by cheating through doping. It was the first time the pair had been in the same room since their chance encounter at an Aspen restaurant in 2011. Hamilton described the more recent moment as strange but said the two shook hands. Hamilton revealed his meeting with Armstrong during a trip to New Zealand to attend the Sport New Zealand conference.ADVERTISEMENT "It was strange, strange. We spoke. Small talk. He laughed at my hair, I laughed at his beard, like all mates would do. There were a lot of lawyers around and officials but, yeah, we shook hands a couple of times, the New Zealand Herald newspaper reported Hamilton as saying. "It was not easy for me to answer direct questions about him, what we went through. There's a lot at stake. I've read in the papers that it could be up to US$120 million [damages]. "I don't know what he thinks but I know what I need to do. You answer questions that could affect that and that is mind-blowing but I went in there and told the truth. But it [also] sucked [as] there were some questions about his character, with him sitting right there, some of the bullying and stuff. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Olympic gold medalist Kristin Armstrong returning to cycling (The Associated Press)
April 15, 2015 (05:15) [ Indexed from Yahoo! Sports ]
BOISE, Idaho (AP) -- Two-time Olympic gold medalist Kristin Armstrong is returning to professional cycling. More...
Women's news shorts: Armstrong comes out of retirement for Pan Am Championships
April 15, 2015 (04:45) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Kristin Armstrong comes out of retirement to race Pan Am Continental Championships individual time trial Kristin Armstrong, former two-time Olympic gold medalist and world champion, will come out of retirement to compete in the 2015 Pan Am Continental Road Championships held fromMay 5-10 in Leon, Mexico. Armstrong retired from professional bike racing three years ago. "I am honored to have been selected as a member of the U.S. Pan American Championship Team and am thrilled to be representing Team USA in my first race back," Armstrong said. "Let the journey begin!"ADVERTISEMENT USA Cycling announced its roster on Tuesday to include Armstrong and Carmen Small for the individual time trial. Small will also compete in the road race with Lauren Hall and Coryn Rivera.We have a tremendous team, said Jim Miller, Vice President of Athletics for USA Cycling. "And Kristins return to Team USA strengthens our medal potential in Mexico." Armstrong won Olympic gold medals in 2008 in Beijing and in 2012 in London. She also won time trial world titles in 2006 and 2009. Velocio-SRAM 1-2 overall at Energiewacht Tour You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Olympic gold medalist Kristin Armstrong returning to cycling (The Associated Press)
April 14, 2015 (23:15) [ Indexed from Yahoo! Sports ]
BOISE, Idaho (AP) -- Two-time Olympic gold medalist Kristin Armstrong is returning to professional cycling. More...
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...

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