Liggett: I helped build Lance Armstrong into a great cyclist

Cycling commentator Phil Liggett has once more opened up about his relationship with former professional and banned-for-life cyclist, Lance Armstrong. Roughly once a year, Liggett is asked, usually during the Tour Down Under, about his history with Armstrong, who he defended throughout years of drug allegations during the Texan’s career. Armstrong was eventually banned by USADA...
Via Cycling News
19 days ago  |  Discuss

Armstrong wins partial victory in Landis whistleblower suit

Lance Armstrong and his former US Postal Service (USPS) team associates scored a potentially major victory this week in the whistleblower suit brought by Floyd Landis under the Federal False Claims Act (FCA) in 2010. US District Judge Christopher R. Cooper agreed to allow an important milestone in the case from 2014 to be reconsidered. The decision calls into question the claims...
Via Cycling News
29 days ago  |  Discuss

Lance Armstrong describes Boogerd suspension as 'Pure. ********.' - News Shorts

Lance Armstrong describes UCI Boogerd suspension as "Pure. ********."   Lance Armstrong has hit out at the UCI after it announced former rider Michael Boogerd had been banned for two years, describing the decision "Pure. ********" in a succinct post on Twitter. The former Rabobank rider admitted to doping in 2013 but a final verdict was only recently reached after a protracted...
Via Cycling News
January 08, 2016  |  Discuss

News shorts: Lance Armstrong's doping ban should be reduced, say slim majority of readers

Slim majority of Cyclingnews readers think Armstrong's ban should be reduced In was an extremely close-fought affair, but many Cyclingnews readers have expressed sympathy with Lance Armstrong over the length of his ban from sport. We asked readers via a Twitter poll whether or not the Texan’s lifetime ban, handed down in the wake of the Usada report in 2012, should be reduced...
Via Cycling News
December 08, 2015  |  Discuss

Lance Armstrong film - 'The Program' review

An adaption of David Walsh’s Seven Deadly Sins, the Steven Frears directed The Program is the latest contribution to the growing list in the Lance Armstrong spin-off since his admission to doping in 2013. While The Program pays homage to Walsh’s book, this a film occupied with Armstrong and his exploits on and off the bike. Audiences will be left wanting more explanation, others...
Via Cycling News
November 14, 2015  |  Discuss

Armstrong testimony claims Jim Ochowicz behind 1993 Triple Crown victory

Under testimony for the US Federal Government False Claims Act case, Lance Armstrong has admitted his 1993 "Million Dollar" Triple Crown victory was bought, confirming 2013 accusations by Roberto Gaggioli. Armstrong states the deal was done with the help of then-Motorola team manager and current BMC Racing team manager Jim Ochowicz, who denied the claim. But Alexi Grewal, who...
Via Cycling News
October 23, 2015  |  Discuss

Lance Armstrong testifies Frankie Andreu 'doped for the majority of his career'

The transcript from a recent Lance Armstrong testimony became public Monday following the filing of court documents by the US Federal Government that revealed the former seven-time Tour de France winner claimed his former teammate Frankie Andreu "doped for the majority of his career". Contacted by USA TODAY for comment, Andreu said the 44-year-old's testimony was "completely false...
Via Cycling News
October 20, 2015  |  Discuss

Ben Foster says PEDs he took to play Lance Armstrong damaged his body

Actor Ben Foster continues to be be candid with the British press about what he put himself through to portray Lance Armstrong in the film The Program. A month ago, before the movie made its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival, Foster told The Guardian that he took performance-enhancing drugs while playing Armstrong in an effort to get into the mindset of the...
Via Awful Announcing
October 14, 2015  |  Discuss

Ben Foster: PEDs I took to play Lance Armstrong 'definitely damaged' my body

Education regarding the use of performance enhancing drugs simply hasn't been up to snuff since the scandals around the Major League Baseball world and cycling. It's something that needs to be taken up as the use of these drugs become more prevalent in amateur sports, especially around the world of high school and college athletics.Actor Ben Foster — known mostly for his roles...
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October 13, 2015  |  Discuss

Michele Ferrari tries to block distribution of Armstrong film in Italy

Attorneys for banned trainer Michele Ferrari have moved to block the distribution of a film entitled The Program in Italy on grounds that he never injected Lance Armstrong with EPO, as depicted in the movie. The film, which was inspired by a book written by David Walsh and directed by Stephen Frears, is due to make its debut in Italy on Thursday. Ferrari's attorneys from Studio...
Via Cycling News
October 07, 2015  |  Discuss

Report: Armstrong pays $10 million to settle SCA litigation case

The Sunday Times has reported that Lance Armstrong and his management company Tailwind Sports Corporation have settled their legal battle with the SCA Promotions company, apparently paying more than $10 million to the company that agreed an insurance policy covering the cost of bonus payments for Armstrong’s Tour de France victories. David Walsh reports in the British newspaper...
Via Cycling News
September 27, 2015  |  Discuss

Armstrong-Landis battle escalates in whistleblower case

The bickering between Lance Armstrong and his former teammate Floyd Landis continues to escalate as Armstrong’s lawyers call Landis’ attempts to get him to give exact details of his past doping “abusive, unreasonable and oppressive”. Armstrong admitted to doping in January 2013, several months after the US Anti-Doping Agency banned him for life following a lengthy investigation...
Via Cycling News
September 23, 2015  |  Discuss

Ballester cries foul over Armstrong biopic 'The Program'

The Lance Armstrong biopic "The Program" premiered last week at the Toronto International Film Festival to mixed reviews, with some critics praising lead actor Ben Foster’s portrayal of the disgraced former Tour de France winner while others said director Stephen Frears' fictional treatment does not add anything new to the story. "'The Program' reps an unpredictable commercial...
Via Cycling News
September 15, 2015  |  Discuss

Ben Foster admitted taking PEDs to play Lance Armstrong in ‘The Program’

Ben Foster clearly believes in “method acting.” Or at least he did when it came to portraying Lance Armstrong. The Program, one of several Armstrong biopics in development, debuts this weekend at the Toronto International Film Festival (Sept. 13, to be exact). In anticipation of that world premiere, Foster spoke with The Guardian and admitted that he took some drastic steps...
Via Awful Announcing
September 14, 2015  |  Discuss

Nike, Trek to testify in federal suit against Lance Armstrong

Lance Armstrong's former sponsors Nike and Trek have been called in to testify in the US federal whistleblower lawsuit that could cost the now-banned rider upwards of $100 million. The suit, originally filed under the federal False Claims Act by Armstrong's former teammate Floyd Landis, was joined by the government after Armstrong confessed to doping in early 2013. They are seeking...
Via Cycling News
September 04, 2015  |  Discuss

US court forces Lance Armstrong to give three more hours of testimony in whistleblower lawsuit

US District Judge Christopher Cooper has ruled that Lance Armstrong will provide three more hours of testimony under oath in order to go examine relevant information about doping in the on-going whistleblower lawsuit, according to a report in USA Today. In addition, Armstrong’s former teammate Floyd Landis will be granted two hours to question the disgraced former Tour de France...
Via Cycling News
August 20, 2015  |  Discuss

Lance Armstrong medical records critical to whistleblower case, says US government

The US government says obtaining Lance Armstrong's medical records from the Indiana University School of Medicine could be key to proving fraud in the whistleblower lawsuit first brought by Floyd Landis against Armstrong and the US Postal Service team management in 2010, under the US False Claims Act. The US government joined the suit in 2013, and has been steadily gathering testimony...
Via Cycling News
August 10, 2015  |  Discuss

Lance Armstrong's deposition testimony made public

Federal investigators are asking for further depositions of Lance Armstrong, in part because of his attorney’s “repeated interruptions,” in part due to his apparently unsatisfactory answers, according to USA Today. In support of their case, the investigators included portions of the transcript from the first deposition, giving a look into Armstrong’s state of mind, and his...
Via Cycling News
August 07, 2015  |  Discuss

US government seeks Lance Armstrong's medical records

The US government has subpoenaed the Indiana University School of Medicine to provide Lance Armstrong’s medical records from the time of his treatment for cancer in 1996. The government’s intent is to find out if Armstrong’s doctors knew that he had used performance-enhancing drugs, according to USA Today. The government is seeking the medical records as part of the whistleblower...
Via Cycling News
August 05, 2015  |  Discuss

2015 Tour de France is most-watched on NBCSN since 2010

Cycling is a sport that’s suffered hits due to Lance Armstrong and doping. But with a scandal-free season going into this year’s Tour de France, NBCSN saw its numbers rise for the month-long event that concluded last weekend. Sports Media Watch notes that the 2015 Tour saw its best viewership in five years dating  back to Lance Armstrong’s last time in the event. Throughout...
Via Awful Announcing
July 30, 2015  |  Discuss

Jets fans fly "Cheaters Look Up" banner over Patriots practice

By NESN Staff New England Patriots fans in attendance for the team’s first day of practice — and there’s a lot of them — might want to keep an eye on the sky. According to Metro, an ambitious group of New York Jets fans plan to send an airplane with a banner over the Patriots’ practice facilities at Gillette Stadium on Thursday. The report says the banner reads “Cheaters...
July 30, 2015  |  Discuss

Column: Important not to let Armstrong ruin Tour again

LES BLAYES, France (AP) In his biography, Chris Froome recounts how his two elder brothers used to amuse themselves by locking him in a dog kennel with an angry, scratching turkey. ''Only when I was in absolute floods of tears would they open the cage up and let me out,'' the Tour de France race leader recounts. Thick skins are built on such experiences. Froome has needed that armor...
Via AP on Fox
July 21, 2015  |  Discuss

Lance Armstrong back riding on French roads

It was like old times this morning outside Lance Armstrong’s team bus on stage 13 of the Tour de France, albeit a day ahead of the race proper, and more so for the assembled journalists and photographers than Armstrong himself. Rather tentatively, Armstrong walked down the steps of the Le Tour One Day Ahead coach and into the sunlight at eight o’ clock sharp. A sometimes unruly...
Via Cycling News
July 16, 2015  |  Discuss

Lance Armstrong: Tour de France doping questions about Froome are ‘my fault’

Lance Armstrong took some of the blame for the doping accusations levelled recently against Tour de France winner Chris Froome, saying in an interview with Sky Sports News HQ that he can empathise with riders having to answer questions about doping during the middle of the Tour. "I know what that is like for a guy like Chris to be in the middle of the Tour, to deal with the constant...
Via Cycling News
July 15, 2015  |  Discuss

Froome dismisses Lance Armstrong’s return to France for charity ride, Thomas more critical

Chris Froome (Team Sky) has dismissed Lance Armstrong’s presence in France to ride stages of the Tour de France a day before the race as a “non-event”, with his teammate Geraint Thomas even more critical, suggesting that the riders in the current peloton are paying the price for the damage Armstrong did to the sport in the past. Armstrong will team up with cancer survivor...
Via Cycling News
July 15, 2015  |  Discuss
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