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Armstrong’s Tour victories to have no new winner
(Oct 27), Philippine Daily Inquirer
GENEVA – The 1999-2005 Tour de France races will have no winners attributed to them, embattled world cycling officials announced Friday, ordering doping-tainted icon Lance Armstrong to repay his prize money.
The International Cycling Union (UCI) this week effectively erased Armstrong from the cycling history books when it decided not to appeal sanctions imposed on the American by the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA).
A damning report by USADA last week concluded that Armstrong helped orchestrate the most sophisticated doping programme in the history of sport.
An UCI management committee on Friday “acknowledged that decisive action was needed in response to the report”.
Armstrong will now lose all of his results from 1998, the year he resumed racing after successfully battling cancer, and a year before the first of his seven consecutive yellow jersey wins from 1999-2005.
(Oct 21), from Sunday Herald Australia newspaper
Lance quits his charity
(Oct 18), from the MX Australia newspaper
LANCE Armstrong resigned as the chairman of his Live-strong charity overnight as three of his biggest sponsors — sportswear giant Nike, bike manufacturer Trek, and the brewers of Budweiser — terminated their contracts with him.
Armstrong distanced himself from the cancer-fighting organization so it could focus on its mission, not the doping scandal.
“To spare the foundation any negative effects a s a result of controversy surrounding my cycling career. I will conclude my chairmanship”
- he said on the Lance Armstrong Foundation‘s website
Just before that appeared, Nike announced it had terminated its contract with him.
“Due to the seemingly insurmountable evidence that Lance Armstrong participated in doping and misled Nike for more than a decade, it is with great sadness that we have terminated our contract with him.” – the company said in a statement.
“Nike does not condone the use of illegal performance-enhancing drugs in any manner.”
Today, cycling firm Trek, which made the bicycles Armstrong rode to seven Tour de France titles, said in a statement:
“Trek is disappointed by the findings and conclusions in the USADA report regarding Lance Armstrong. Given the determinations of the report. Trek today is terminating our long-term relationship with Lance Armstrong. Trek will continue to support the Livestrong Foundation and its efforts to combat cancer.”
Budweiser brewing giant Anheuser-Busch, which used Armstrong to pitch another of its beers, also severed ties, as did energy food marketing firm Honey Stinger, which is removing his image from packaging.
The announcements come a week after the US Anti-Doping Agency released a 1000 page report detailing why it stripped the cyclist of his seven Tour titles.
We Just didn’t do it: Nike
(Oct 16), from the MX Australia newspaper
NIKE raised eyebrows last week for supporting alleged doping cheat Lance Armstrong despite overwhelming evidence but the sportswear company denied it paid $485,000 to cover up a positive drugs test.
The United States Anti Doping Agency (USADA) report that details why the cyclist was stripped of his seven Tour de France titles described it as the most sophisticated doping program in sports history.
The USADA’s explosive “reasoned decision” focused on people who have claimed for years Armstrong used banned drugs but were threatened by the champion’s legal team.
Betsy Andreu, wife of Armstrong’s former friend and team mate Frankie Andreu, said: “Lance didn’t do it alone. How else could he pull off the biggest fraud in the history of sport? He had big corporations backing him, the cycling governing body, UCI, defending him, and the media ignoring the evidence”
Nike has a history of publicly supporting embattled athletes, including serial cheater Tiger Woods in 2009 and Lakers star Kobe Bryant when charged with sexual assault in 2003.
But the company “vehemently” denied paying Verburggen to cover up a drug test result.
“Nike does not condone the use of illegal performance enhancing drugs.” the company said in a statement.
Lance Armstrong stripped of seven Tour de France titles, given lifetime ban from Olympic sports as he drops appeal of doping charges
(Aug 24) Disgraced cyclist will no longer fight charges he led sophisticated doping conspiracy, will not have to hear former teammates testify against him, but now leaves himself vulnerable.
The US Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) has ruled on pending cases by banning Armstrong from cycling FOR LIFE. Armstrong said that he is not contesting the decision. The USADA also stripped him of all titles, including the 7 Tour de France titles. Armstrong meekly demurred that perhaps the USADA does not have the power to do so, but the agency asserted forcefully that it has in fact all the powers to do just that.
”There comes a point in every man’s life when he has to say, “Enough is enough.” For me, that time is now,” Armstrong said in a statement sent to The Associated Press. He called the USADA investigation an “unconstitutional witch hunt.”
“I have been dealing with claims that I cheated and had an unfair advantage in winning my seven Tours since
1999,” he said. “The toll this has taken on my family and my work for our foundation and on me leads me to where I am today – finished with this nonsense.”
Armstrong insisted his decision is not an admission of drug use, but a refusal to enter an arbitration process he believes is improper and unfair to athletes facing charges.
“USADA cannot assert control of a professional international sport and attempt to strip my seven Tour de France titles,” he said.
“I know who won those seven Tours, my teammates know who won those seven Tours, and everyone I competed against knows who won those seven Tours.”
“There is zero physical evidence to support (the) outlandish and heinous claims. The only physical evidence here is the hundreds of (doping) controls I have passed with flying colors,” Armstrong said.
“Today I turn the page. I will no longer address this issue, regardless of the circumstances. I will commit myself to the work I began before ever winning a single Tour de France title: serving people and families affected by cancer, especially those in underserved communities,” Armstrong said.
- Lance Armstrong part of cycling’s ‘most successful doping program,’ USADA says (news.blogs.cnn.com)
- Armstrong Career Drug-Fueled ‘Start to Finish,’ USADA Says (bloomberg.com)
- Excerpts From The Recent USADA Report That Make Lance Armstrong Look Like An Asshole [Lance Armstrong] (deadspin.com)
- How Armstrong bullied whistleblowers (iol.co.za)
- Lance Armstrong stepping down as Livestrong chairman (metronews.ca)
- Nike ending contract with Lance Armstrong over doping allegations (thescoopblog.dallasnews.com)
- Nike Statement on Lance Armstrong (nikeinc.com)
Pinoy triathletes win medals in Singapore (Oct 4)
From the Manila Times
Philippine Developmental Pool members Justin Liam Chiongbian and Vicky Deldio made waves for the country by winning bronze medals during the Cold Storage Singapore Triathlon held over the weekend.
The 14-year-old Chiongbian, who hails from Cebu and won honors in past local youth triathlon events, fought hard to finish at third place out of sixty-five competitors in the triathlon boys 13-15-years-old category (200 meter swim–10 kilometers bike–2km run) with a time of 28 minutes and 27 seconds. On the same category, teammate Sixto Lalanto of Cagayan de Oro squandered an early lead emerging from the swim and ended up finishing fifth place with a time of 29:07.
Vicky Deldio of Tri-Clark, aged 14, also proved her worth placing 3rd in the girls 13-15-years-old race which attracted thirty-five competitors representing ten nations. She clocked in a total 33:02, one minute behind the champion Zoe Natasha Bowden of Malaysia.
On the Boys 10-12-years-old race, 11-year-old Yuan Chiongbian (Justin’s brother) ended up at 4th place with 33:08 while on the distaff side Nina Francesca Villaba timed 39:20 for a sixth place finish.
Competing on foreign soil for the first time, the two Chiongbian brothers and Villaba are aspiring to qualify for the 2014 Summer Youth Olympics in Nanjing, China. All 13-15 youth triathletes, who are active participants of the TRAP’s SuperTriKids series, are now gearing up for the 2012 Batang Pinoy triathlon event which will be hosted by Iloilo City on December 7 and 8.
Alistair Brownlee Wins Gold Olympic Games Triathlon 29 minute 10km run! (Aug 13)
This is the second Triathlon article I have provided a link too. Pinoyathletics is generally a Track and Field site but due to are growing numbers of Triathletes, Duathletes and Ultra Marathon runners we have decided to occasionally cover other sports aswell. Understandably the Triathlon finished a few days ago but we had quite a lot of coverage of the Athletics. It is now time to catch up with are back log.
I was told the other day in the gym that 25-year-old Alistair Brownlee of Great Britain had run 29 minutes and seven seconds for the 10km run a respectable performance in any country for an individual 10k, only catch was it wasnt a set of fresh legs! this is quite impressive after a 1500m run and 43km cycle. This puts Brownlee in the same super endurance category of Lance Armstrong almost. I remember overseeing on the television Brownlee just powering away from the rest of field taking the lead solo on the bike section of Triathlon.
Alistair Brownlee’s time of 29 minutes 7 seconds in the 10,000m of the triathlon
was just 97 seconds slower than Mo Farah’s gold-winning time in the 10,000m
Olympic final. Brownlee’s time was quicker than Mykola Labovskyy’s in the 10,000m final. The
Ukrainian finished last in 29.32.
His 10km run was so fast that he said afterwards he is considering entering the 10,000m track and field event at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow in 2014.
It was a close finish with Alistair at 1:46.25, Gomez 1:46.36 and Jonathan 1:46.56
Rejected Australian Triathlete Chris McCormack wins fourth World Title (Aug 4)
They said he wasn’t good enough for the olympics, os triathlete Chris McCormack has gone out and won a fourth world title. Rejected by Australia for the London Games, McCormack won the world long-course title in Spain today, adding to his two Iron-man world titles and an Olympic fistance crown. The 39-year-old just returned to longer distance racing after this crack at making the Games. Despite being the top-placed Australian finisher in a number of races earmarked as selection indicators for the Olympics. McCormack failed to make the cut. Today he covered the testing 4km swim, 120km bike, 30km run, course in 5hr29 47 sec.
Deemed just not give enough by Australia Olympic Committee for the Olympic Games. McCormack emerges victorious with 4th world title.
His webpage is here