Lance Armstrong Will Not Be Charged Over Swiss Lab Doping Allegations

CBS has reported on new evidence in the blood doping allegations against seven-time Tour de France champion Lance Armstrong.

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Lance Armstrong Accused Of Doping By George Hincapie, Former USPS Teammate

Lance Armstrong may want to go ahead and skip 60 Minutes on Sunday. In addition to the previously reported accusations levied by Tyler Hamilton, the show will also feature comments from Armstrong sidekick George Hincapie. While Hamilton’s credibility can be attacked, and has been by Armstrong, the same cannot be said for Hincapie, who spent years by Armstrong’s side with the United States Postal Service cycling team.

According to a report, Hincapie pointed the finger at Armstrong while testifying in front of a grand jury. He admitted both he and Armstrong took EPO and supplied each other with banned substances while preparing for races.

Using unidentified sources, “60 Minutes” reported that Hincapie testified that he and Armstrong supplied each other with the endurance-boosting substance EPO and discussed having used another banned substance, testosterone, to prepare for races. Citing the ongoing investigation, Hincapie declined to be interviewed by “60 Minutes,” which will air its piece on the Armstrong investigation at 7 p.m. ET Sunday.

As noted earlier, Armstrong maintains he’s clean and has never tested positive for a banned substance. Armstrong has been in damage control since Hamilton’s interview began to leak and will have to face another wave of criticism thanks to the Hincapie report. More on the case can be seen on Sunday during the Armstrong segment on 60 Minutes.

For more on Lance Armstrong, as well as the cycling world at large, check in with SB Nation’s blog, Podium Cafe.


Report: Lance Armstrong's Former Teammate Admits To "Systematic Doping"

When Floyd Landis’ made accusations back in April of endemic doping in cycling, federal prosecutors launched a probe into cheating in the sport and specifically into Lance Armstrong. Armstrong denied any wrongdoing, as he always has, noting that no proof or admissions by his teammates have ever surfaced.

But now, according to the New York Times, former teammates of Armstrong’s are coming forward with detailed claims that Armstrong and his former United States Postal Service team participated in systematic doping.

A former teammate of Armstrong said in a telephone interview Wednesday that he had spoken with investigators. He said he detailed some of his own drug use, as well as the widespread cheating that he said went on as part of the Postal Service team — all of which he said was done with Armstrong’s knowledge and encouragement.

Armstrong, who was in Denver, told The AP that he had "nothing to say" about the investigation.

More riders are expected to meet in front of the grand jury next week. Unfortunately for Lance Armstrong, whether he’s telling the truth or not, this story isn’t going away. Podium Cafe will keep an eye on this as it develops.


Lance Armstrong Denies Floyd Landis' Allegations Of Doping: 'We Have Nothing To Hide'

After Floyd Landis' allegations made on Thursday that Lance Armstrong was guilty of doping, it was only a matter of time until the seven-time Tour de France winner responded. This afternoon, Armstrong did just that, predictably denying Landis' claims, saying, "It's our word against his word. I like our word."

Armstrong, speaking prior to the fifth stage of the Tour of California, continued with the denial during a makeshift press conference.

"If you said, 'Give me one word to sum this all up,' credibility," the seven-time Tour de France winner said. "Floyd lost his credibility a long time ago."

"We have nothing to hide. We have nothing to run from," he added.

In an e-mail to USA Cycling chief Steve Johnson, Landis accuses Armstrong of covering up a positive test for the blood-boosting drug EPO, and claims that the EPO violation occurred in 2002, "around the time [Armstrong] won the Tour de Suisse." However, Armstrong did not race in 2002 (he won the Tour de Suisse in 2001).

Saying that he was "a little confused" since Landis' "timeline is off," Armstrong reminded those in attendance that his accuser's history should easily discredit any allegations made.

"I'd remind everybody that this is a man that's been under oath several times and had a very different version," Armstrong said. "This is a man that wrote a book for profit that had a completely different version. This is somebody that took, some would say, close to $1 million from innocent people for his defense under a different premise. Now when it's all run out the story changes."

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