Thursday, October 11, 2012

Lance baby

"The evidence shows beyond any doubt that the US Postal Service Pro Cycling Team ran the most sophisticated, professionalized and successful doping program that sport has ever seen." — Travis Tygart, CEO of the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency

I WROTE a post July 18, 2011 saying that I thought Lance Armstrong was a dope — I meant a doper — okay, both. 

You've probably been reading about the intricate system Lance created for hiding his pervasive use of blood transfusions, EPO, testosterone, steroids, human growth hormone and other banned substances. In case you haven't, I've attached a New York Times article about it below.

Aside: For some reason I looked at the NYT online comments in response to the piece, something I almost never, ever do, and one of them leapt off the page. I'm still laughing. I took a screen capture of it so you can see it. I can't decide if it's more pathetic than funny or more funny than pathetic. You be the judge. I felt like replying with, "Wow, way to convince anyone who reads your comment to definitely not vote for Romney."

Report Describes How Armstrong and His Team Eluded Doping Tests

By Ian Austen

October 11, 2012

Throughout his career, Lance Armstrong always responded to doping accusations by saying he had been tested for banned substances hundreds of times and never produced a positive result. How could the world’s greatest cyclist, always in the cross hairs of doping officials, never fail a drug test if he was doping, Armstrong reasoned.

An explanation emerged Wednesday, when the United States Anti-Doping Agency released its dossier on Armstrong, citing witness testimony, financial records and laboratory results. Armstrong was centrally involved in a sprawling, sophisticated doping program, the agency said, yet he employed both cunning and farcical methods to beat the sport’s drug-testing system.

The report also introduced new scientific evidence that the agency said suggested Armstrong was doping the last two times he competed in the Tour de France.

“It has been a frequent refrain of Armstrong and his representatives over the years that Lance Armstrong has never had a positive drug test,” the report said. “That does not mean, however, he did not dope. Nor has Armstrong apparently had nearly as many doping tests as his representatives have claimed.”

Click here to read the entire New York Times article.

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