Lance Armstrong: Lawyer dismisses report as ‘one-sided hatchet job’

A REPORT by the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) accusing Lance Armstrong of using and distributing performance-enhancing drugs as part of a sophisticated doping programme is a “one-sided hatchet job”, the cyclist’s lawyer said last night.

The agency described its report as linking Armstrong to the use of performance-enhancing drugs through financial payments, e-mails, scientific data, laboratory test results, and testimony from 11 former team-mates.

“We have seen the press release from USADA touting the upcoming release today of its ‘reasoned decision’,” Armstrong’s lawyer Sean Breen said by e-mail. “The statement confirms the alleged ‘reasoned decision’ from USADA will be a one-sided hatchet job – a taxpayer-funded tabloid piece rehashing old, disproved, unreliable allegations based largely on axe-grinders, 
serial perjurers, coerced testimony, sweetheart deals and threat-induced stories.” Armstrong – one of the world’s most famous athletes who also is well known for his cancer-fighting charity work – has denied cheating. He never failed a doping test. Armstrong was banned for life by USADA in August after announcing he would not fight the agency’s doping charges against him.

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Breen said the agency was “ignoring the 500-600 tests Lance Armstrong passed, ignoring all exculpatory evidence, and trying to justify the millions of dollars USADA has spent pursuing one, single athlete for years”. He added: “USADA has continued its government-funded witch-hunt of only Mr Armstrong, a retired cyclist, in violation of its own rules and due process, in spite of USADA’s lack of jurisdiction, in blatant violation of the statute of limitations.”


1) Use and/or attempted use of prohibited substances and/or methods including EPO, blood transfusions, testosterone, corticosteroids and/or masking agents.

2) Possession of prohibited substances and/or methods including EPO, blood transfusions and related equipment (such as needles, blood bags, storage containers and other transfusion equipment and blood parameters measuring devices), testosterone, corticosteroids and/or masking agents.

3) Trafficking of EPO, testosterone, and/or corticosteroids.

4) Administration and/or attempted administration to others of EPO, testosterone and/or cortisone.

5) Assisting, encouraging, aiding, abetting, covering up and other complicity involving one or more anti-doping rule violations and/or attempted anti-doping rule violations.