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January 19th, 2011
08:34 AM ET

Sports Illustrated: New doping allegations against Lance Armstrong

Sports Illustrated magazine reporters Selena Roberts and David Epstein reviewed hundreds of documents and interviewed dozens of people who have been involved with the doping allegation charges against seven-time Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong and raise new questions in their feature article for this week's magazine.

Epstein talks to American Morning's T.J. Holmes about what was uncovered in the magazine's investigation and what it means for Armstrong's future.


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  1. Cyclingfan

    The SI article is a joke. All the articles says is that LAs testosterone was fluctuating in the years prior to his diagnosis of testicular cancer (his supposed last positive test was in 1996 – the year he was diagnosed?). The "positive tests" for unusual ratios between testosterone and epitestosterone is not surprising, given the fact that the testicles are the site of testosterone production in the male...

    The writers target the ignorance of the vast majority – they assume that general audience has no idea where testosterone is made (which is true), and by not talking about the fact that his cancer was testicular, they purposefully deceived the public. What crappy reporting.... Wonder what fairy tale SI will spin up in their next issue...?

    January 20, 2011 at 9:49 am |
  2. L.G.

    What continues to surprise me, and possibly most, is this ongoing smear campaign and persecution of Lance Armstrong. Albeit, the comment is not meant to condone cheating.

    Sounding every bit as an arm chair judiciary, this is what I am hearing. An unnamed source who likely divulged the anonymity of drug samples from 1999 – have we not heard this before. Unconfirmed tests results, see previous comment. Lance allegedly getting his hands on a clinical trial drug not banned at the time – need a new wrinkle for a tasty new allegation. But wait, if it was not banned, then where is the illegality?. Suggesting that the team's association with the doc is a direct accusation of malfeasance by Lance – they'll need someone to raise their right hand in trial and point to the accussed.

    All told, a Grand Jury can indict someone with this type of circumstantial evidence. But proving it in a trial may be a different story. I am just glad we live in a country where one is innocent until proven otherwise by a jury of your peers. This would not be the case in many places around the world.

    As a former mediocre cyclist I can tell you the human effort in a climb like Alpe D'Huez is truly BEYOND CATEGORY. Can it be accomplished "clean" in the Tour and other similar world cycling events? I guess the "jury is still out" for Lance, as per Sports Illustrated.

    I can see our “friendly” French foes tipping a glass of wine over this story. We are mercilessly trying to crucify our own. Something they tried and could not accomplish.

    January 19, 2011 at 12:25 pm |
  3. mike sey

    It may yet turn out that the playing field was indeed level all the time. His main rivals have pretty well all been caught doping in the past. Now the past may indeed catch up to Lance.

    The suggestion that he should get a pass because he's raised a lot of money for cancer and is an icon is ludicrous.

    Hopefully, however, the outcome of this investigation will close the door on an exciting but ultimately unsavoury era in cycling.

    January 19, 2011 at 10:01 am |
  4. Prince Peterson

    I've followed these legal allegations and the egotistical investigator behind them. First, why should Americans turn on their own? Lance is just a skinny little bicyclist raised by a divorced mom who battled to FIGHT CANCER with all his might. If he fiddled around with experimental drugs for physical improvement – more power to him – it worked. WHY IN GOD'S name should their be this EXPENSIVE government project to hurt one little bicyclist? He never lied to a grand jury under oath – LEAVE HIM ALONE!

    January 19, 2011 at 9:20 am |
  5. John Calliott

    I lost a lot of respect for CNN on this one.

    Lance's statement was also false. Here's a quote from the article text.

    "It is unclear if the grand jury will decide to issue an indictment (all grand jury proceedings are secret), but the inquiry's findings may cause the Armstrong faithful to ask, Was the miracle a mirage?"

    In the Special Report SI video, Selena clearly states that it's unknown whether there will be indictments handed down, but if it happens, it would probably be just before or just after the Super Bowl (that was paraphrased, but accurate). Lance twisted the words, and you let him without checking.

    January 19, 2011 at 9:09 am |