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Posted at 8:47 AM ET, 01/19/2011

Lance Armstrong says he has nothing to worry about 'on any level'

By Cindy Boren

Lance Armstrong addressed the latest allegations of doping reported in Sports Illustrated, saying, "I don't have anything to worry about on any level."

The SI investigation, previewed online and appearing in a longer version in the magazine this week, alleges, among other things, that Armstrong had access to a drug in clinical trial that increased the oxygen-carrying capacity of blood, did not cut ties to an Italian doctor and training adviser often accused of helping cyclists cheat and skirted strict customs searches because he used private aircraft. The story also quotes Stephen Swart, who rode with Armstrong on the Motorola team in 1995, as saying that Armstrong was "the instigator" behind the team's use of EPO, a banned boosting agent.

Armstrong, who is in Australia competing on the Down Under Tour, told reporters in Adelaide that he had read the SI story. "I don't have anything to say," he told AFP. "I've perused it. There's nothing there."

Reporters pressed until Armstrong finally said: "Dude, are you that stupid? Which part of 'I'm not commenting' is not clear to you?"

By Cindy Boren  | January 19, 2011; 8:47 AM ET
Categories:  Lance Armstrong  
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Seriously, "had access to," "did not cut ties to"? This is not reporting.

Posted by: KRIKET | January 19, 2011 9:43 AM | Report abuse

Lance did exhibit poor judgment in his relationship with tainted doctors. People on his team may have used performance enhancing substances (and he may have turned a blind eye), but I'm pretty sure he did not, at least after his first Tour de France win. That one is up in the air, but there will never be evidence of that.

It will be incredibly difficult for the prosecutors to show more. Where does that leave things? Not clean, but far cleaner than practically every other cyclist of his era. And with almost 100% certainty that every win after his first was completely clean.

Posted by: krickey7 | January 19, 2011 10:30 AM | Report abuse

Stephen Swart's opinion that Armstrong was an instigator of the use of EPO is not evidence, it's just that, an opinion. Nothing more.

Posted by: a_alexiou | January 19, 2011 10:40 AM | Report abuse

This is not reporting, this is speculation. & your poll is completely tainted by leaning towards his supposed guilt. I can't believe Floyd Landis (the last time I take the time to use his whole name...he doesn't deserve it) is your instigating witness, Lord help us. As a tax payer this is a mess. I want no part of it.

Posted by: bascomb | January 19, 2011 11:43 AM | Report abuse

Rather than report on circumstantial evidence from characters of ill repute, it would have been better to write on the credibility of the writer (note that I would never call her a journalist). Selena Roberts only cares about herself and her ability to make money writing stories based on no facts. She has no credibility based on her horrendous reporting of the Duke Lacrosse story. She also has no integrity as after the players were exonerated, she did not apologize, but she continued implying the players were racist.

Your poll should be "How will your opinion of Selena Roberts change after PED charges against Lance Armstrong are dropped." My guess is 100% would vote "No change" as it can't possibly get any lower.

Posted by: imyy4u | January 19, 2011 12:17 PM | Report abuse

Every rider that finished second or third during the "juice man's" wins has either been busted or admitted the use of PED's. Wake up people! I would bet his financial misuse of donated foundation funds is far worse than the doping. Livestrong needs to open it's books completely for all to see! LA has lied over and over. Once a liar always a liar! It is shameful that major US corps, like NIKE and TREK, would continue to help with the fraud. Lance, you were so arrogant about your comeback that you even named the LLC that owns the Aspen home 8th One. Why was this property transferred through shell corps so many times? Who pays for the Gulfstream you bought, the foundation? Mellow Johnny's surely does not! Surely a public accounting of Livestrong is warranted. You are not a champion, rather a doped up average rider with an average VO2 max. How much foundation $$$ has actually been spent helping people? Let us see the books openly! There is only one clean true TDF US champion and we all know who that is. The fact is, LA, you could not carry GL's jock strap!

Posted by: therealsharky | January 19, 2011 12:29 PM | Report abuse

We are all presumed innocent, are we not?
Cycling is a "funny" sport because the way things get done, but with out evidence, he is clean in my book

Posted by: cordobes17 | January 19, 2011 12:50 PM | Report abuse

If he did cheat, he's the best cheater around as he's been one of the most tested athletes in the sport.

All his tests have been negative.

Guys like Landis, etc, are clearly liars and have a bone to pick

Posted by: delantero | January 19, 2011 1:32 PM | Report abuse

"Might have been going to have had been..." I'm trying to figure out what verb tense that is. Opportunity but no motive and no smoking gun. Thank goodness reporters don't have to prove anything. Where would we be without the speculation by these people?

Posted by: MrChili | January 19, 2011 4:05 PM | Report abuse

The media everywhere in the US acknowledges Lance Pharm-strong's career-long history of PED "issues."

The problem is the US corporate media has invested so much in creating the Armstrong myth that they couldn't afford to admit his obvious "issues" even if his "activities" were on video.

The media treatment of Armstrong is so preferential relative to that of Barry Bonds that it's not even funny. "Double standard" doesn't come close to describing it.

Can't wait to read Lance-apologist-in-chief Sally Jenkins's column the day after Lance goes down for the final count.

Posted by: broadwayjoe | January 19, 2011 8:42 PM | Report abuse

At the end of the day Lance's Tour de France wins will likely be wiped off the books. Just a matter of time. Roberts's reporting has been spot-on and courageous for decades. Wasn't Roberts the only journalist to raise questions about Ripken when everyone else obsessively gang-tackling Barry Bonds?

For 2011, the winner of the Pulitzer Prize is Selena ....

Posted by: broadwayjoe | January 19, 2011 8:59 PM | Report abuse

What's the big deal? Sports is no longer a game but a big business with business interests that have to do with nothing but money at any cost. Doping is part of the make more money policy and that's good business.

The only place you might still be able to find a real live sports event is watching a little league game in some small town in middle America.

Posted by: inewsmaster | January 19, 2011 9:02 PM | Report abuse

BTW, the Post poll shows (as of this time) 56% will view Lance negatively if the charges are proven. Pharmacy stocks are due for a big hit.

Posted by: broadwayjoe | January 19, 2011 9:06 PM | Report abuse

Sadly, it appears Lance has decided to go the Roger Clemens route. Lance should ask Roger how that worked out for him.

Posted by: broadwayjoe | January 19, 2011 9:14 PM | Report abuse


The big deal is our young athletes! Is the all mighty dollar more important than teaching ethics, morals and sportsmanship? My belief is that LA has none of the above. LA has spent tens of millions on perpetuating the facade he hides behind not to mention Dr. Dope in Italy! No wonder Ullrich doped. To stop it we need to get the kingpins, but with Ver Bruggen that did not happen. Again, the real problem is the laws that regulate foundations and ,of course, stricter oversight. The tax implications could be huge!There is a lot more to this story and I hope SI allows the investigative journalists finish the story and does not cave under pressures from the corporate world. Just Bike Pure!

Posted by: therealsharky | January 20, 2011 2:30 AM | Report abuse

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