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July 12, 2012 | Associated Press
With Lance Armstrong still digging in for a legal fight, the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency on Tuesday issued lifetime sports bans to three former staff members and consultants on Armstrong's winning Tour de France teams for doping violations. Luis Garcia del Moral was a team doctor; Michele Ferrari was a consulting doctor; and Jose "Pepe" Marti (team trainer) worked for Armstrong's U.S. Postal Service and Discovery Channel squads. All had been accused by USADA of participating in a vast doping conspiracy on those teams during part or all of Armstrong's seven Tour de France victories from 1999-2005.
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July 11, 2003 | Daily News Wire Services
Lance Armstrong's team has plenty of champagne in stock. But while the four-time champion is in good position for another Tour de France victory, he is not about to start popping corks with more than 2 weeks of racing left. The Texan remained in second place overall behind teammate Victor Hugo Pena, playing it safe and finishing 53rd in yesterday's fifth stage of cycling's showcase event. Alessandro Petacchi, an Italian proving to be the sprint king of this Tour, took the stage.
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March 24, 2009 | Daily News Wire Services
Seven-time Tour de France champion Lance Armstrong crashed during a pileup in the first stage of the Vuelta of Castilla and Leon cycling race in Spain and suffered a broken collarbone. Armstrong will need surgery, leading to questions about whether he'll be able to contend for an eighth title in July. "I'm alive!" he wrote on his Twitter feed. "Broken [right] clavicle. Hurts like hell for now. Surgery in a couple of days. Thanks for all the well wishes. " Armstrong will fly back to the United States to have surgery.
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July 19, 2005 | Daily News Wire Services
As the Tour de France rested yesterday near the Spanish border, the discussion about one question didn't: Can anyone tear off Lance Armstrong's comfortable-fitting yellow jersey before the race ends Sunday in Paris? Armstrong's rivals acknowledged that few of the remaining six stages offered them a chance to pick up minutes by the handfuls. "I'm not stupid," said Ivan Basso, the Italian in second place, by 2 minutes, 46 seconds. "He's strong. It is finished. " No one from Armstrong's team wanted to tempt the Tour's fickle nature yesterday, but the conventional thinking was that he'll wear yellow for the seventh straight and final time on the Champs-Elysees.
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November 8, 2000 | Daily News Wire Services
Lance Armstrong's U.S. Postal Service cycling team is under investigation by a prosecutor for possible use of banned drugs during last summer's Tour de France, judicial sources said. The investigation opened Oct. 18 and was being carried out by the Paris police's anti-drug squad, said the sources, speaking on condition of anonymity and confirming a story in the Le Monde newspaper yesterday. U.S. Postal sporting director Johan Bruyneel said neither he nor any member of the team in the United States has been approached by French officials about an investigation.
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June 30, 2012 | Associated Press
LIEGE, Belgium - George Hincapie is best known for helping other riders win the Tour de France. This time, he is going to be on top by himself. Hincapie will begin the Tour for a record 17th time on Saturday, part of the BMC racing team looking to help defending champion Cadel Evans of Australia to another title. The last American to wear the yellow jersey has played a key role in nine Tour victories during his 19-year career, including each of Lance Armstrong's seven wins.
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October 13, 2012
The Tour de France will have no official winner for the seven races from 1999 to 2005 if Lance Armstrong is stripped of his four victories by the International Cycling Union. Tour officials are still waiting on the ICU's decision on whether to go along with the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency's decision to ban Armstrong for life and erase his racing results. The UCI must decide by the end of the month whether to appeal USADA's ruling. In an interview with the Associated Press on Friday, Tour director Christian Prudhomme called the USADA report on Armstrong "damning.
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July 23, 2009 | Daily News Wire Services
Alberto Contador closed in on victory at the Tour de France yesterday after finishing second behind Frank Schleck in the 17th stage as the race left the Alps. Lance Armstrong trailed by more than 2 minutes and fell from second to fourth place overall in the 105-mile ride from Bourg-Saint-Maurice to Le Grand-Bornand - seen by many as the toughest stage this year. The stage likely ended any realistic chance Armstrong had of overtaking Contador, his Astana teammate, and the seven-time Tour champion now will have to fight for a place on the podium instead.
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July 21, 2004 | Daily News Wire Services
VILLARD-DE-LANS, France - Lance Armstrong retook the overall lead in the Tour de France yesterday, outsprinting his top two challengers to win the first stage in the Alps and close in on a record sixth consecutive title. Armstrong moved past Ivan Basso and 1997 Tour champion Jan Ullrich in the curves before the closing stretch to claim his second stage victory in the 2004 Tour and the 18th of his illustrious career. He also has won two team time trials. "There's something special in winning in a sprint," Armstrong said.
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July 8, 2005 | Daily News Wire Services
Downpours, treacherous and slick roads, buffeting winds and a nasty crash in the final dash to the finish line of the sixth stage of the Tour de France. Not a day Lance Armstrong will want to remember. The six-time Tour champion came through soaked but otherwise OK and kept his overall lead yesterday in the stage from Troyes to Nancy in eastern France. "It wasn't pretty," said Armstrong, who was 32nd and finished alongside two teammates. Only two riders came away unscathed from the rapid-fire, domino-like crash: Italian Lorenzo Bernucci, who kissed his wedding ring in celebration as he crossed the finish line and claimed his first-ever professional win; and yellow-jersey challenger Alexandre Vinokourov, who made up an unexpected 19 seconds on Armstrong by attacking on the slick streets.
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October 13, 2012
The Tour de France will have no official winner for the seven races from 1999 to 2005 if Lance Armstrong is stripped of his four victories by the International Cycling Union. Tour officials are still waiting on the ICU's decision on whether to go along with the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency's decision to ban Armstrong for life and erase his racing results. The UCI must decide by the end of the month whether to appeal USADA's ruling. In an interview with the Associated Press on Friday, Tour director Christian Prudhomme called the USADA report on Armstrong "damning.
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August 25, 2012 | By Bob Ford, Inquirer Columnist
It turned out that Lance Armstrong, having willed himself over so many obstacles for so many years, couldn't surmount the very last hill. Getting past the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency's investigation into a pattern of systematic cheating during Armstrong's cycling career was all that stood between the seven-time Tour de France champion and a clean sweep of his rivals both on the bike and off it. Armstrong beat the hundreds of drug tests during his...
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August 25, 2012 | By Bob Ford, Inquirer Columnist
It turned out that Lance Armstrong, having willed himself over so many obstacles for so many years, couldn't surmount the very last hill. Getting past the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency's investigation into a pattern of systematic cheating during Armstrong's cycling career was all that stood between the seven-time Tour de France champion and a clean sweep of his rivals both on the bike and off it. Armstrong beat the hundreds of drug tests during his...
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July 12, 2012 | Associated Press
With Lance Armstrong still digging in for a legal fight, the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency on Tuesday issued lifetime sports bans to three former staff members and consultants on Armstrong's winning Tour de France teams for doping violations. Luis Garcia del Moral was a team doctor; Michele Ferrari was a consulting doctor; and Jose "Pepe" Marti (team trainer) worked for Armstrong's U.S. Postal Service and Discovery Channel squads. All had been accused by USADA of participating in a vast doping conspiracy on those teams during part or all of Armstrong's seven Tour de France victories from 1999-2005.
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July 6, 2012 | Associated Press
ROUEN, France - Lance Armstrong accused U.S. Anti-Doping Agency chief executive Travis Tygart on Thursday of waging a "vendetta" against him following reports five former teammates have received reduced suspensions after admitting to doping in return for testifying against the seven-time Tour de France champion. "So let me get this straight . . . come in and tell them exactly what they wanted to hear and you get complete immunity AND anonymity? I never got that offer," Armstrong wrote in an e-mail to the Associated Press.
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June 30, 2012 | Associated Press
LIEGE, Belgium - George Hincapie is best known for helping other riders win the Tour de France. This time, he is going to be on top by himself. Hincapie will begin the Tour for a record 17th time on Saturday, part of the BMC racing team looking to help defending champion Cadel Evans of Australia to another title. The last American to wear the yellow jersey has played a key role in nine Tour victories during his 19-year career, including each of Lance Armstrong's seven wins.
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June 14, 2012 | By Amy Shipley, Washington Post
The U.S. Anti-Doping Agency brought formal doping charges against former cyclist Lance Armstrong in an action that could cost him his seven Tour de France titles, according to a letter sent to Armstrong and several others Tuesday. As a result of the charges, Armstrong has been immediately banned from competition in triathlons, a sport he took up after his retirement from cycling in 2011. In the 15-page charging letter obtained by the Washington Post, USADA made previously unpublicized allegations against Armstrong, alleging it collected blood samples from Armstrong in 2009 and 2010 that were "fully consistent with blood manipulation including EPO use and/or blood transfusions.
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June 2, 2011
The director of the Swiss antidoping laboratory informed federal authorities last fall that Lance Armstrong's test results from the 2001 Tour de Suisse were "suspicious" and "consistent with EPO use," the Associated Press has learned. Martial Saugy made the statement in September, according to a person familiar with the investigation, who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak publicly about the case. The person also told the AP that Saugy confirmed to officials investigating doping in cycling that, after learning of the test results, he met with Armstrong and the manager of his U.S. Postal team, Johan Bruyneel , at the direction of the International Cycling Union.
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July 3, 2010 | By Bob Ford, Inquirer Columnist
Pick a big sporting event in this country. Make it one with a lot of tradition and wide national interest. Make sure the biggest stars are easily recognizable. If possible, give it an international field, bringing together competitors from many cultures. Let's make it the Masters, in fact, the annual, reverential celebration of colorful shrubbery and pale competitors. All right. Now imagine that one year in Augusta, as the tournament is proceeding, the golfers find themselves subject to repeated late-night searches of their hotel rooms by the police.
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July 23, 2009 | Daily News Wire Services
Alberto Contador closed in on victory at the Tour de France yesterday after finishing second behind Frank Schleck in the 17th stage as the race left the Alps. Lance Armstrong trailed by more than 2 minutes and fell from second to fourth place overall in the 105-mile ride from Bourg-Saint-Maurice to Le Grand-Bornand - seen by many as the toughest stage this year. The stage likely ended any realistic chance Armstrong had of overtaking Contador, his Astana teammate, and the seven-time Tour champion now will have to fight for a place on the podium instead.
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