Lance Armstrong Says The Lie Would Have Continued

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LOS ANGELES, Aug 20, 2014 (AFP) - Lance Armstrong says he would still be issuing strident denials if he hadn't been caught and then forced to admit to using performance-enhancing drugs to win the Tour de France. "If this stuff hadn't taken place with the federal investigation, I'd probably still be saying 'no' with the same conviction and tone as before. But that gig is up," Armstrong … [Read more...]

Inquiry Offers Reduced Sanctions For Doping Confessions

GENEVA, Feb 11, 2014 (AFP) - An inquiry commission set up by cycling's global governing body the UCI on Tuesday appealed to riders who were doped in the past to come forward in exchange for reduced punishment. "The primary purpose of our investigation is not to punish doping offenders but to learn from the past so we can help ensure a better future for cycling," commission chief Dick … [Read more...]

Disgraced Doper Danilo Di Luca Banned For Life

ROME, Dec 05, 2013 - Italian cyclist Danilo Di Luca was on Thursday banned for life after testing positive for the banned blood booster erythropoietin (EPO) before this year's Tour of Italy. The punishment was meted out by the Italian Olympic Committee (Coni). Di Luca, 37, failed the control in an out of competition test on April 29, forcing him to quit the Giro d'Italia. The … [Read more...]

Stefan Schumacher Cleared Of Deceiving Team Over Doping

BERLIN, Oct 29, 2013 (AFP) - German cyclist Stefan Schumacher was Tuesday cleared by a court in Stuttgart of deceiving his ex-employers. The 32-year-old was banned for two years, later reduced on appeal by several months, after testing positive for banned blood-booster CERA, a derivative of EPO, during the 2008 Tour de France and Beijing Olympics later that same year. The public … [Read more...]

CONI Demands Danilo Di Luca Life Ban For Doping

ROME, Oct 14, 2013 - Anti-doping officials from the Italian Olympic Committee (Coni) on Monday requested a life ban against cyclist Danilo Di Luca for doping. Di Luca, 37, quit this year's Giro d'Italia after testing positive for the banned blood booster EPO (erythropoietin) out of competition on April 29. CONI said in a statement that it was the rider's second violation of … [Read more...]

Danilo Di Luca Doping Hearing Date Set

MILAN, Aug 28, 2013 (AFP) - Disgraced Italian cyclist Danilo Di Luca has been summoned to a doping hearing next week, anti-doping officials said Wednesday, which could see him banned from the sport for life. Di Luca quit the 96th edition of the Giro d'Italia earlier this year after testing positive for the banned blood booster EPO (erythropoietin). The 37-year-old Italian, a former … [Read more...]

German Erik Zabel Admits To Doping EPO And More

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BERLIN, Germany, July 28, 2013 (AFP) - Former German sprinter Erik Zabel admitted to having used doping products including EPO from 1996 to 2004, in an interview published on German newspaper Sueddeutsche Zeitung's website on Sunday. He also admitted to blood doping and using cortisone. Zabel's admission comes a few days after he was named in a French government report that … [Read more...]

French EPO Report No Shock To Lance Armstrong

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LONDON, July 25, 2013 (AFP) - Disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong said Thursday he was "not surprised" that 18 leading riders in the 1998 Tour de France have been named by the French Senate as having taken the blood-boosting agent EPO. The American said "virtually all of us" broke doping rules after the French Senate released a report saying 18 riders, including the top two finishers … [Read more...]

Jeroen Blijlevens Quits Team Belkin After EPO Report

THE HAGUE, South Holland, July 25, 2013 (AFP) - Belkin Pro Cycling are parting company with their sports director, former Dutch rider Jeroen Blijlevens, after he was named in a report into doping in the 1998 Tour de France, the team said Thursday. "Belkin Pro Cycling and Jeroen Blijlevens are going their separate ways with immediate effect," a statement said after he was named, along … [Read more...]

Aussie Stuart O’Grady Admits To Using EPO

SYDNEY, July 25, 2013 (AFP) - Newly-retired Australian cycling great Stuart O'Grady has admitted to using the banned blood-booster EPO before the 1998 Tour de France, reports said Thursday. The confession comes just three days after the 39-year-old Olympic gold medalist and 17-time Tour rider announced his retirement from the sport. "Leading into the Tour I made a decision, I … [Read more...]