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    Fed Probe of Lance Armstrong Heating Up

    Prosecutors Step Up Armstrong Probe
    Investigators Subpoena Documents and a Witness in Bid to Prove the Tour de France Champion Used Banned Substances
    JULY 27, 2010
    By REED ALBERGOTTI And VANESSA O'CONNELL

    Federal prosecutors handling an investigation into cheating in professional cycling have subpoenaed documents from an arbitration case that sought to prove that Lance Armstrong used performance-enhancing drugs.

    The documents contain depositions from former teammates and associates of the seven-time Tour de France champion during a period when a promotions company was trying to prove that Mr. Armstrong employed banned drugs and practices—known as doping—during his cycling career.

    Jeffrey Tillotson, the attorney who represented the company, SCA Promotions Inc., in the arbitration hearings, said it received a subpoena for the records on July 16. He is preparing to send the files to the federal prosecutors in Los Angeles who are handling the investigation, he said.

    Mr. Armstrong has repeatedly denied doping allegations and has not been charged with any wrongdoing.

    Using performing-enhancing techniques in sports is generally not against the law in the U.S. But federal prosecutors could make the case that Mr. Armstrong defrauded investors by accepting sponsorship dollars with the understanding that he would not use the drugs, if they prove that he doped.

    The lead investigator in the U.S. criminal probe, special agent Jeff Novitzky of the Food and Drug Administration, declined to comment. Two assistant U.S. attorneys in Los Angeles assigned to the case didn't return messages seeking comment.

    The government's investigation into doping in cycling was sparked by allegations made this spring by former cyclist Floyd Landis.

    In April, Mr. Landis sent a series of emails to cycling officials claiming there had been widespread doping in the sport and accusing several other riders of doping, including Mr. Armstrong, his former teammate on the U.S. Postal Service team

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    There is no testimony from eyewitnesses who say they saw Mr. Armstrong's alleged doping. It contains 2006 sworn testimony by Stephen Swart, a former Armstrong teammate who said that while he was on a bike ride with him in March 1995, Mr. Armstrong made clear he planned to take EPO, a banned drug that boosts the number of red blood cells.

    In testimony, Mr. Swart said he was left with the impression "that for us to be competitive at the Tour that year, that we needed to start a medical program of EPO."

    In testimony, Mr. Armstrong has said that the conversation with Mr. Swart never happened, and he said, "I have no idea" why Mr. Swart would say that.

    The file also includes testimony by Frankie Andreu, another former teammate, and Mr. Andreu's wife, Betsy. The two testified that they overheard Mr. Armstrong acknowledge his history of performance-enhancing drug use to doctors during a 1996 Indiana hospital visit.

    In testimony, Mr. Armstrong said he did not know why Ms. Andreu would say what she said, "other than she hates me."

    When asked why Mr. Andreu would testify to the same thing, Mr. Armstrong said "well, I think he's trying to back up his old lady." Mr. Armstrong has also been accused by Mr. Landis of employing another banned technique in which riders transfuse their blood during long races, also to replenish red blood cells.

    Mr. Armstrong has never been sanctioned for failing a drug test.

    Rest of story: http://online.wsj.com/article/SB1000...145915552.html
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    Re: Fed Probe of Lance Armstrong Heating Up

    No sworn testimonies from eyewitnesses? Two sour teammates and a wife making accusations?

    No comment until they actually "prove" Armstrong doped.
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    Re: Fed Probe of Lance Armstrong Heating Up

    I haven't read it, but I just wanted to say that I immediately thought "Federer" in the title, and my mind went to a very dark place.
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    Re: Fed Probe of Lance Armstrong Heating Up

    Quote Originally Posted by Jessie181 View Post
    I haven't read it, but I just wanted to say that I immediately thought "Federer" in the title, and my mind went to a very dark place.
    LOL

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    Re: Fed Probe of Lance Armstrong Heating Up

    Quote Originally Posted by Jessie181 View Post
    I haven't read it, but I just wanted to say that I immediately thought "Federer" in the title, and my mind went to a very dark place.
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    Re: Fed Probe of Lance Armstrong Heating Up

    This is beginning to remind me of the Marion Jones case where she kept denying "doping" but eventually admitted this. Now, if this is proved to be true, Lance will be one embarassed person.
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    Re: Fed Probe of Lance Armstrong Heating Up

    Quote Originally Posted by Jessie181 View Post
    I haven't read it, but I just wanted to say that I immediately thought "Federer" in the title, and my mind went to a very dark place.
    I didn't think of Federer but I did think it sounded like a bad porno.

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    Re: Fed Probe of Lance Armstrong Heating Up

    For the longest time, I believed that the rumors were wrong and Lance was tainted because there seems to be so much doping in cycling. And Landis has no credibility IMO at all.

    But it just seems like as time goes on, more and more comes out about Armstrong. And I hate to admit it, but I think there is something to the allegations.
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    Re: Fed Probe of Lance Armstrong Heating Up

    The Tour de France is an inhuman event. It is simply mind boggling. 3,600 Kms (2,250 miles) in 20 days. Some mountain stages are completely uphill. All this going full tilt because you are being chased or chasing a whole bunch of other men. I know they are superior athletes, but this is so extreme that I wonder if any of the riders are not juiced.

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    Re: Fed Probe of Lance Armstrong Heating Up

    I would be shocked if he didn't dope... It's not possible to do it without.

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    Re: Fed Probe of Lance Armstrong Heating Up

    Quote Originally Posted by suliso View Post
    I would be shocked if he didn't dope... It's not possible to do it without.

    Wow, that's totally baseless.
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    Re: Fed Probe of Lance Armstrong Heating Up

    Quote Originally Posted by JTContinental View Post
    Wow, that's totally baseless.
    I call it not hiding my head in the sand

    Armstrong being a doper is one of the worst kept secrets in pro-cycling... I hope they manage to prove it one day.

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    Re: Fed Probe of Lance Armstrong Heating Up

    I always give people the benefit of the doubt until proven otherwise. Plus, so many of these affidavits surround lawsuits, and therefore, you have to question their motives.

    In the case of Andreu and his wife, the doctor he supposedly admitted steroid use to says he never said it, and allegedly there were others in the room who also say Andreu and his wife are wrong. Lance was in Indiana for treatment of his cancer, and after the initial surgery in Texas, they did in fact give him steroids and EPO to counteract the chemotherapy.

    But, I will admit when it comes from so many sources, you can't help but wonder about it.

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    Re: Fed Probe of Lance Armstrong Heating Up

    If it quacks like a duck...

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    Re: Fed Probe of Lance Armstrong Heating Up

    Quote Originally Posted by Kirkus View Post
    If it quacks like a duck...
    My daughter quacks like a duck........and moos like a cow, and oinks like a pig....

    Guess that makes her some kind of farm animal!
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