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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...
Cookson: Verbruggen and McQuaid actions unforgivable
March 10, 2015 (13:30) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Following the release of theCycling Independent Reform Commission (CIRC) report, UCI president Brian Cookson spoke to Cyclingnews about the findings in the 228-page document. Cookson was elected UCI president on September 27, 2013 and quickly moved to set up a"truth and reconciliation" process,which becameCIRC in January 2014, to investigate the role of the UCI in the doping practices of the sport that took place between 1998 to 2013. "This Commission will investigate the problems cycling has faced in recent years, especially the allegations that the UCI has been involved in wrongdoing in the past " allegations which have done so much to hurt the credibility of the UCI and our sport," Cookson said in a UCI press release following the announcement. Cyclingnews: Before the report came out you said that it would be uncomfortable reading. Have you found that to be the case?ADVERTISEMENT Brian Cookson: Yes I think there are elements that are uncomfortable, as I expected. There are other elements that are quite encouraging. Its a pretty accurate picture but I welcome the report and the sport should as well. CN: What elements are uncomfortable reading for you? BC: Im not personally uncomfortable. There are bits that make difficult reading for the UCI as an institution. There are criticisms over how the UCI handled things in the past and Im worried by the extent of the continuing doping that the commission felt was still going on. That means we have to pay attention to the problems. Its also uncomfortable reading for people previously involved with the UCI. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Armstrong could get chance to seek reduced ban
March 10, 2015 (13:30) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
The Daily Telegraph reported today that Lance Armstrong may be given a chance to ask for a reduction to his lifetime ban. UCI President Brian Cookson told the newspaper on Monday that he had been asked to broker a meeting between the disgraced former Tour de France winner and the US Anti-Doping Agency, which levied the lifetime ban against Armstrong as part of its Reasoned Decision in 2012. Cookson said that he had been asked by the Cycling Independent Reform Commission, which on Monday released its report into cyclings doping issues, to facilitate a further discussion between Lance Armstrong and USADA."ADVERTISEMENT Cookson revealed that this was something he was "happy to do," according to the Daily Telegraph, although he emphasised that the commission was not intending to recommend a reduction in the American's ban. "The commission itself did not feel that anything Lance told them was sufficient for them to recommend a reduction in his sanction, and I have no evidence to contradict that," Cookson told the newspaper. "I have no desire to be 'the president that let Lance Armstrong off the hook' or anything like that. I'll take my lead from the CIRC." Cookson said he empathised with Armstrong's contention that he had been treated more severely than his peers, but he also recognised the balancing act that an organisation like USADA had to try and maintain while attempting to catch the PED users. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Column: Time to rethink but not reduce Lance Armstrong's ban (The Associated Press)
March 10, 2015 (00:15) [ 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...
Cookson to ask Verbruggen to step down as honorary president of the UCI
March 09, 2015 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Following the release of the CIRC report into the history of doping in cycling on Monday, UCI president Brian Cookson intends to ask Hein Verbruggen to step down from his position as honorary president of the sport's governing body. Cookson told The Guardian, that Verbruggens collusion with Lance Armstrong during his time as president at the UCI from 1991-2005 was unforgivable. I am very concerned by what I read in the report about Heins actions and I will write to him asking him to consider his position as honorary president, he told The Guardian, adding that Verbruggen had made serious errors of judgment and wrong decisions.ADVERTISEMENT Cookson went on to say that he was shocked by the extent of collusion between the UCI's Verbruggen and Armstrong with regard to the 2005 Vrijman Report, an investigation into the French Anti-doping Agencys (AFLD) handling of urine samples and tests following the 1999 Tour de France where Armstrongs samples showed traces of EPO. The UCI appointed Dutch lawyer Emile Vrijim to head the investigation. The report exonerated Armstrong and said that the AFLDs tests werent conducted properly. It is clear that the UCI never intended it to be fully independent, its clear that Lance Armstrongs lawyers wrote large sections and its clear the UCI was complicit, Cookson said. It was wrong, and it should have been clear from the start it was wrong. It was a major error of judgment and it was unforgivable. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
CIRC finds no proof of UCI corruption but questions linger over governance
March 09, 2015 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
The Cycling Independent Reform Commission (CIRC) has found that the UCI did not cover up a positive test from Lance Armstrong at the 2001 Tour de Suisse but it has criticised the governing body for failing to open disciplinary hearings against Armstrong and Laurent Brochard for positive tests at the 1999 Tour de France and 1997 Worlds, respectively. Even before the publication of the CIRC report, former UCI president Hein Verbruggen was claiming that he had been vindicated by its findings. "There is nothing under the table and no indication of corruption," he told Reuters over the weekend. Yet while the three-man commission cleared the UCI of corruption in relation to the most high-profile allegation, namely that Armstrong had paid to cover up a 2001 positive test, their report describes the American as benefiting "from a preferential status afforded by UCIleadership." CIRCalso takes a jaundiced view of Verbruggens accumulation of power and ongoing influence through the Pat McQuaid era. The report also voices concerns about Igor Makarov's current influence on the confederations sponsored by his Itera company.ADVERTISEMENT The UCI and Armstrong's lawyers are criticised for their heavy involvement in drafting the ostensibly independent Vrijman report, which examined the accusation " published in L'quipe in 2005 " that Armstrong had used EPO at the 1999 Tour. A link is drawn between Pat McQuaid's decision to allow Armstrong to compete at the 2009 Tour Down Under despite not having been part of the drug-testing pool for a full six months and his subsequent, surprise decision to participate in that year's Tour of Ireland. CIRC also queried why Alberto Contador was informed in person of his positive test for Clenbuterol at the 2010 Tour de France, although it said that it had found no evidence to suggest that the UCI had attempted to cover up the test. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
CIRC: USADA commends Cookson for anti-doping reform
March 09, 2015 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
The release of theCycling Independent Reform Commission (CIRC) report by the sports governing body, the UCI, has been welcomed by USADA's CEO Travis Tygart. The CIRC report does not contain the same explosive accounts of doping in the sport that were contained inUSADA's 2012 reasoned decision, rather it provides a length history of doping in the sport,details of current suspected doping methods and recommendations for the future. The report is based on the findings of Dr. Dick Marty, a former Swiss State Prosecutor, Ulrich Haas, an expert in anti-doping laws, and Peter Nicholson, a former military officer who specialises in criminal investigations. The Commission conducted a 13-month investigation, which was funded by the UCI, that undertook 174 interviews from UCI personnel, teams, federations, doctors, riders and former riders, sponsors, event organisers and journalists. "We welcome the report of the Cycling Independent Reform Commission (CIRC) initiated by new UCI President Brian Cookson to address revelations of widespread doping and allegations of UCIs complicity in allowing this fraudulent culture to persist," read a statement from Tygart.ADVERTISEMENT "The Report confirms that, for more than a decade, UCI leaders treated riders and teams unequally- allowing some to be above the rules. The UCIs favouritism and intentional failure to enforce the anti-doping rules offends the principles of fair play and is contrary to the values on which true sport is based. "Sadly, the Report confirms that greed, power, and profit " not truth " motivated UCI leaders and allowed the "EPO" and "blood doping" era to ride rampant. This is a tragic loss for all cyclists who sought to compete clean during that era, and their loss can never be forgotten." The reasoned decision criticised the UCI's role in covering up the doping practises of Lance Armstrong during his seven consecutive Tour de France victories and Tygart praised CIRC for investigating the actions offormer UCI president's Hein Verbruggen and Pat McQuaid and lifting the lid on their actions. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Column: Time to rethink but not reduce Lance Armstrong's ban
March 09, 2015 (19:45) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
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