Verbruggen Slams Lance Armstrong ‘Cover-Up’ Claims

LONDON, Dec 18, 2013 (AFP) - Former head of world cycling Hein Verbruggen has angrily rejected claims from Lance Armstrong that he helped to cover up a positive drug test for the disgraced American cyclist. Last month, Armstrong alleged that in 1999 Verbruggen, the former president of the UCI, encouraged him to hush up a positive test for a banned corticosteroid found in a cream for … [Read more...]

Armstrong ‘Bought’ Million Dollar Race With Roberto Gaggioli Help

ROME, Dec 13, 2013 (AFP) - Retired Italian rider Roberto Gaggioli told Friday's edition of the Corriere della Sera that Lance Armstrong paid him $100,000 in 1993 in order to win the Million Dollar Race in the United States. "It was a young American colleague," Gaggioli, who is now 51, was quoted as saying. "He offered me a panettone (a traditional Italian Christmas cake) as a present and … [Read more...]

Lance Armstrong Mulls Race With Chris McCormack

AUSTIN, Dec 04, 2013 (AFP) - Disgraced US cyclist Lance Armstrong is open to the idea of a one-on-one race showdown with Australian triathlon star Chris McCormack, a two-time World Ironman champion. McCormack, the 2007 and 2010 World Ironman champion, also captured the 1997 International Triathlon Union world crown and the 2012 ITU Long Distance world title. Armstrong had hoped to … [Read more...]

UCI DopingTruth Commission ‘Early In The New Rear’

Lance Armstrong US Postal Team

Lance Armstrong US Postal Team by Johannes MYBURGH JOHANNESBURG, Nov 13, 2013 (AFP) - International cycling's "truth and reconciliation commission" after the Lance Armstrong doping scandal should be up and running early next year, the world cycling boss told AFP Wednesday. "I'm hoping to make an announcement in a couple of weeks and I'm hoping that the whole thing will be up … [Read more...]

‘Miracle’ Needed To Reopen Lance Armstrong Case Says WADA

JOHANNESBURG, Nov 12, 2013 - Disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong needs nothing less than a "miracle" to revisit his lifetime ban from sports after admitting to doping, the world anti-doping body chief said Tuesday. "I see it as done and dusted and it would take something close to a miracle to see it go forward in his case," said John Fahey, outgoing president of the World Anti-Doping … [Read more...]

Anti-Doping Bodies To Meet One Year After Lance Armstrong

JOHANNESBURG, Nov 12, 2013 (AFP) - World sports leaders will meet in Johannesburg from Tuesday to decide the future of the anti-doping battle, a year after cyclist Lance Armstrong's fall from glory. The doping police will consider stricter punishments for transgressors, as the repercussions of the disgraced Tour de France hero's confession to using banned substances are still felt in … [Read more...]

Lance Armstrong Pleads For Fair Treatment

LONDON, Nov 11, 2013 (AFP) - Disgraced cycling champion Lance Armstrong has said he will co-operate in a bid to discover the extent of doping in the sport so long as he's treated the same as his fellow drug cheats. "If everyone gets the 'death penalty', then I'll take the 'death penalty'," said Armstrong in an interview with the BBC World Service. "If everyone gets a free pass, I'm … [Read more...]

US Drug Chief Travis Tygart Threatened Over Armstrong Probe

LOS ANGELES, Nov 05, 2013 (AFP) - A US man has pleaded guilty to threatening the head of the US anti-doping agency USADA over the probe which brought down cycling legend Lance Armstrong, prosecutors said Tuesday. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) head Travis Tygart took the threat, which warned he should wear a bullet-proof best, so seriously that he hired private security and moved his … [Read more...]

Lance Armstrong’s Medal Back With IOC

GENEVA, Oct 02, 2013 - The International Olympic Committee said Wednesday it had disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong's 2000 bronze medal in its possession, 10 months after demanding that he give it back. "Armstrong sent it to the US Olympic Committee on September 12 and we received it a few days later," IOC spokeswoman Nadia Bonjour said. "It's in a vault," she said. Last … [Read more...]

Armstrong Offered Olive Branch By New UCI Chief

by Justin Davis FLORENCE, Italy, Sept 27, 2013 (AFP) - New world cycling chief Brian Cookson is hoping disgraced Lance Armstrong can play a key role in a 'truth and reconciliation' process and help heal the wounds of the troubled sport. Cookson beat incumbent Pat McQuaid to the presidency of the International Cycling Union (UCI) after a turbulent election process on Friday. … [Read more...]