Greg Lemond


Federal prosecutors, having just witnessed the pratfalls of a haphazard prosecution in the very public Barry Bonds perjury trial, are trying to avoid egg on their faces again.  The next big fish, “squeaky clean” Lance Armstrong, amid “new” allegations that he took EPO in front of a teammate, and that they “all did it together”, this time coming from a different cyclist, had the opportunity to rebutt former teammate Tyler Hamilton on CBS’ 60 Minutes Sunday, but can’t come to terms on the interview’s terms with 60 Minutes producer and CBS News Chairman Jeff Fager.  How surprising!  Apparently 60 Minutes, a program with journalistic integrity, is unwilling to let slippery Lance pre-approve what questions can be asked, though Lance, as always, has it spun as though he is virtually being scumbagged by the man. 

Lance Armstrong and 60 Minutes are on a collision course, with the cycling champion accusing the CBS program of unfair tactics in an upcoming broadcast about allegations of illegal doping by Armstrong.

The show has “basically reneged” on promises made to him, Armstrong told me Thursday night, and “everyone would be frustrated” by such treatment. He said of the producer on the story, “I would not call him a straight shooter… My version of events has never changed on this, and won’t.”

CBS News Chairman Jeff Fager, who is also executive producer of 60 Minutes, dismissed the complaints. “We have been so thorough and fair to Lance Armstrong,” Fager said, adding: “We have shared with them every single allegation in our story… This is a PR game. Our reporters have done a first-class job.”

Negotiations over whether Armstrong would grant an interview for Sunday’s program broke down this week amid accusations of bad faith.

http://www.thedailybeast.com/blogs-and-stories/2011-05-19/lance-armstrong-60-minutes-unfair-doping-allegations/#

So what exactly would be unfair to Lance about answering a bunch of questions in an interview in which he gets to set whatever record straight that seems to be dogging him, you know, the doping allegation of the day?  The dalliance with 60 Minutes is just a smokescreen, because Lance is not about to do any television interviews at all, since investigators will be waiting to hear his answers so they can use them against him after they indict him.  Since he’s not been under oath, Lance has been free to lie without consequences for all these years.

Those days are ending.  The Feds have gotten mad thorough, and they’ve got some evidence and are off internationally gathering some more, and the evidence will surely contradict Lance’s lies.  What of the Tyler Hamilton EPO accusations and this probe going international? 

Tyler Hamilton, a former teammate of Lance Armstrong, told ”60 Minutes” that he used performance-enhancing drugs with the seven-time Tour de France winner to cheat in cycling races, including the tour.

Hamilton said Armstrong took a blood-booster called EPO in the 1999 tour and before the race in 2000 and 2001. Armstrong won the race every year from 1999-2005.

The interview with Hamilton was broadcast on the ”CBS Evening News” on Thursday.

”I saw (EPO) in his refrigerator. … I saw him inject it more than one time,” Hamilton said, ”like we all did. Like I did, many, many times.”

Hamilton told ”60 Minutes” reporter Scott Pelley: ”(Armstrong) took what we all took … the majority of the peloton,” referring to riders in the race. ”There was EPO … testosterone … a blood transfusion.”

EPO is a drug that boosts endurance by increasing the number of red blood cells in the body.

 EPO has also been found to spike trace levels of HGH.  More:

Recently, American investigators reached out to their colleagues in France with an evidence request that specifically targets U.S. Postal and mentions Armstrong by name, according to those who have seen it.

The Americans requested urine samples that were taken from U.S. Postal riders for anti-doping controls and were subsequently frozen and stored by France’s anti-doping agency. The requested samples included those from the 1999 tour.

French authorities also have been asked to interview and take witness statements from people there who were connected to U.S. Postal or who worked in French anti-doping while Armstrong dominated cycling’s glamour race.

http://www.thedailybeast.com/blogs-and-stories/2011-05-19/lance-armstrong-60-minutes-unfair-doping-allegations/#

We’re sure Bonds is happy that his case came up first.  Clemens is up next, and then Lance, the really big fish will get his day in court.  In the meantime, he’s taken to smear campaigns against 60 Minutes, tweeting and starting websites about his innocence.

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Defending Tour de France Champion Alberto Contador (above).

While 3 time Tour De France Champion and reigning defending champion Alberto Contador clings to a “food contamination” fantasy excuse for flunking a random drug test for the banned substance Clenbuterol late in this past summer’s Tour de France, the facts are these: Contador tested positive for Clenbuterol the day before the Tour’s all important mountain stage, and faces a possible two year ban and forfeiture of his 2010 Tour de France title.

Alberto Contador, a three-time winner of the Tour de France, tested positive for a banned substance on the final rest day of the Tour in July, according to a statement sent Wednesday by his spokesman, Jacinto Vidarte.

Contador, a Spaniard formerly on the Astana team, could lose the title he won this year and face a two-year suspension.

He learned about the positive test for the banned drug clenbuterol, a weight-loss and muscle-building drug, on Aug. 24, nearly a month after winning the Tour, the statement said. He had tested positive for the substance on July 21, one day before the race’s decisive mountain stage.

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/09/30/sports/cycling/30cycling.html?_r=1&scp=1&sq=contador&st=cse

Since Clenbuterol, or “Clen”, as it is referred to in short, is used for agricultural purposes–as a steroid fed to livestock to ensure leanness, Contador may feel he has a winning explanation for his positive test result.  But Clenbuterol is much more widely used in athletic circles, because it has been the long established drug of choice for athletes and celebrities looking to burn fat.  Clenbuterol is also used by humans as a bronchial dilator.

While Contador has known of his positive test result for over a month, his team chose today to inform the media.  Contador, dogged by steroid allegations that date back to prior to the Tour de France in 2006, is preparing to fight the dirty fight, and cling to denial and ignorance in order to keep his 2010 TDF championship, the scientific community remains unfooled.  Before it’s all said and done, Contador may have to look hard at other excuses, as the scientific community comes with allegations from all corners.

Take a look at the following snippet, and note the date:

July 31, 2007 – 6:57AM
A leading German expert in the fight against doping claimed on Monday to have evidence indicating that Tour de France winner Alberto Contador had used drugs.

Twenty-four hours after the Spaniard donned the winner’s yellow jersey on the Champs Elysees, the expert, Werner Franke, described the 24-year-old’s victory as “the greatest swindle in sporting history”.

Franke bases his claim on documents he says are in his possession from the Spanish police’s Operation Puerto inquiry into Eufemiano Fuentes, the doctor said to have masterminded doping programs for athletes.

“The name of this Mr Contador appears on several occasions on the court and police documents,” Franke told German television station ZDF.

“All of this has been simply concealed and hidden under the carpet whilst the name Contador was erased from the list of suspicious riders,” added Franke.

He says he has a detailed list of banned products used by Contador which appear in sworn statements following the raid on Fuentes’ medical practice.

“He took insulin, HMG-Lepori, a hormone to stimulate the secretion of testosterone and also a product for asthma called TGN – in brief I have before my eyes a protocol for doping,” he told ZDF.

“All of this has been covered up, at least in Spain,” added Franke.

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So German expert Werner Franke has a “detailed list of banned substances used by Contador”?  No way, right?  I mean, how much chicken is this guy Contador eating?  Speaking of practiced liars, Lance Armstrong supporter Stephanie McIlvain testified last week for over 7 hours in one day to the grand jury convened in the Lance Armstrong probe.  Usually, the prosecution would subject a witness to never ending testimony in the hopes of catching that witness in a lie.

McIlvain was kept on the stand for 4 plus hours longer than was Barry Bonds during BALCO grand jury testimony in San Francisco once upon a time.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/jonathan-littman/lance-armstrong-witnesses_b_742705.html

The above article is a good one, and echoes this page’s sentiments.  We also think that Armstrong’s conspirators will not hold up so well with perjury charges and real jail time hanging in the balance.  McIlvain, if you will remember, has contradicted the story of Frank and Betsey Andreu, who claimed to be in Armstrong’s hospital room in 1996 when Lance was being diagnosed with cancer.

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https://crackbillionair.wordpress.com/2010/07/22/armstrong-hires-top-white-collar-defense-attorney-for-grand-jury-probe/

http://www.cyclingnews.com/news/team-radioshack-reveal-further-emails-from-landis

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The Andreu’s say that they were prepared to leave the room when doctors came in to question Armstrong, but that Armstrong insisted they stay.  The Andreus claim that Armstrong was asked by doctors whether he had used PED’s while in their presence, and that Armstrong replied in the affirmative.

And we believe them.

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Lance Armstrong (L.) cycling with Frankie Andreu (above).

Frankie and Betsy Andreu, the former a one-time teammate of cyclist Lance Armstrong, the latter, his wife, have been contacted by the F.D.A.’s resident expert when it comes to investigating the use of performance enhancing drugs, criminal investigator Jeff Novitsky, and plan on cooperating fully with his investigation into doping on Armstrong’s cycling teams, according to the New York Daily News

The Andreu’s were in Armstrong’s Indiana hospital room visiting the cycling star in 1996, when Armstrong was being treated for cancer.  When dr’s came in to question Armstrong about his drug history, the Andreu’s got up to leave but were told to stay by Armstrong.  It was then that they heard Armstrong admit to the use of performance enhancing drugs to cancer dr’s–which they have since testified to under oath.

Novitzky has now reached out to the Andreus, who, after being subpoenaed in a 2005 arbitration dispute over victory bonuses, testified that they heard Armstrong confess in a hospital in 1996 to using performance-enhancing drugs. Betsy Andreu confirmed that she and her husband had spoken to Novitzky, but said they have not been subpoenaed by a federal grand jury in Los Angeles that is meeting in secrecy under the direction of assistant U.S. Attorney Doug Miller.

“Novitzky has been nothing but respectful and fair to us,” Andreu told the Daily News. “We will definitely cooperate, telling the truth.”

Armstrong has vigorously denied doping and has hired a powerful legal team to protect himself from the investigation. His attorneys have called the government’s probe a waste of taxpayer money, and have attacked the credibility of a number of Armstrong’s accusers.

The news of Novitzky’s contact with the Andreu household was first disclosed by the Los Angeles Times, which reported that Novitzky had also tried and failed to interview Stephanie McIlvain, a friend of Armstrong’s and a representative of the Oakley eyeware company. McIlvain testified in the 2005 arbitration dispute between Armstrong and a Texas company called SCA promotions (she said she did not recall the 1996 hospital confession the Andreus spoke of).

McIlvain left a number of phone messages for Andreu in recent years, and now Andreu says the government has possession of them.

http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/more_sports/2010/09/01/2010-09-01_jeff_novitzky_reaches_out_to_former_lance_armstrong_teammate_frankie_andreu_wife.html

McIlvain, who worked for Armstrong sponsor Oakley at the time of her perjury, um, I mean testimony, seems perfectly happy to continue lying and obstructing justice for Armstrong.

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I wonder how much it cost Lance to buy that type of loyalty.

–Crack (https://crackbillionair.wordpress.com, www.crackbillionair.com)

It seems that Lance Armstrong was under the scope of federal investigators long before Floyd Landis came out in emails about cycling’s doping practices, in which the disgraced Tour de France champion implicated Armstrong, the 7 time Tour de France champion.  According to Sunday’s New York Daily News, the federal investigator who keeps dopers up nights–Jeff Novitsky–served a search warrant to Los Angeles fashion designer Michael Ball’s residence earlier this year, and that search warrant may have unearthed evidence implicating Armstrong.

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Ball owned a racing team called Rock Racing which embraced cyclists tarnished by doping scandals, a team that had a renegade reputation in the sport since its formation in 2007.  Rock Racing is now defunct, but ironically, may cause  its greatest stir from beyond the grave.

According to multiple sources close to the probe, lead investigator Jeff Novitzky has contacted several members of Rock Racing, a now-defunct pro team that was owned by designer jeans maker Michael Ball. Formed in 2007 in Los Angeles, the team cultivated an outlaw image and provided a home for a number of riders tarnished by doping scandals.

Earlier this year, investigators served a search warrant on Ball’s luxury apartment in a high rise in the Marina del Rey neighborhood on the west side of Los Angeles. In April, his Rock and Republic clothing company went bankrupt. Sources say Ball was under Novitzky’s scrutiny before Armstrong’s name emerged.

Since the raid on Ball’s home, the Daily News has learned, investigators have reached out to Rahsaan Bahati, a former Rock Racing rider who last winter formed his own team and hired cycling outcast Floyd Landis. At the time, Landis was trying to return from a doping suspension that cost him his 2006 Tour de France title.

With the scrutiny mounting around Lance Armstrong, the cyclist recently retained LA based criminal defense attorney Bryan Daly, despite News’ writer Nathaniel Vinton’s description of Landis’ assertions about Armstrong’s doping, in which he called the Landis’ claims “extraordinary.”

https://crackbillionair.wordpress.com/2010/07/22/armstrong-hires-top-white-collar-defense-attorney-for-grand-jury-probe/

Frankly, Vinton seems poorly informed.  Armstrong has a known positive result for the banned blood booster and steroid masking agent erythropoietin (EPO), and a compromised result in 2009 when Armstrong refused to submit for a urine sample at the behest and direction of the administrator–which technically speaking, is considered a failed test because of non compliance.

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https://crackbillionair.wordpress.com/2010/03/24/lance-armstrong-a-ketamine-chronicle/

In light of that information, how could doping claims against Armstrong be “extraordinary”?  Vinton does go on to provide us with more important information on the Armstrong probe, as he talked about the trail that led investigators to Roger Clemens.

Novitzky, who was with the Internal Revenue Service in 2003 when he uncovered the BALCO doping ring and in 2006 when he disrupted the steroid distribution network Kirk Radomski set up in clubhouses across Major League Baseball, has demonstrated an uncanny ability to build a blockbuster criminal case by seizing on the relatively minor transgressions of small-fry athletes. Take, for example, the shipment of human growth hormone to journeyman pitcher Jason Grimsley that ultimately led to the undoing of seven-time Cy Young Award winner Roger Clemens.

Could an investigation into Ball or one of the riders on his team have given Novitzky the opening he needed to target Armstrong, one of the most beloved and shrewd athletes in the sporting world? One thing is certain: the Los Angeles grand jury gives him a wide open road.

“The Supreme Court has held that, subject to certain fairly narrow exceptions, the grand jury may go where the evidence takes it,” explains Rosengart. “Consistent with their extremely broad prosecutorial discretion, federal prosecutors have tremendous power as well.”

http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/more_sports/2010/08/01/2010-08-01_probe_looks_under_rock.html?page=1

Wouldn’t it be something if Rock Racing plays a part in this scandal, as well as the countless other things you know are out there about Lance, that are going to start becoming public, the way that Landis made his news public earlier this summer.

Investigators start pushing people a little, threatening federal time, and a lot of people are going to cave right away.  This isn’t going to be some kangaroo court in France or wherever.  Also, Lance seems behind in the game a little.  Theyhave potentially been looking at him since early Spring, and he just hired a lawyer last week. 

I’m sorry.  It’s not humanly possible to win that thing 7 times as a clean athlete.  And Lance is no choir boy.

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https://crackbillionair.wordpress.com/2010/05/21/espns-ford-quinn-on-landis-interview-see-clips/

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7 time Tour De France champion and alleged doper Lance Armstrong (above).

With a federal grand jury gathering steam around him, Lance Armstrong picked an attorney tonight who was recognized as one of the top in the field of white collar crime in 2008, Los Angeles based criminal defense attorney Bryan D. Daly from the firm Shepphard Mullin Richter and Hampton.

A former federal prosecutor, he is a partner at the firm Sheppard Mullin Richter and Hampton. His hiring was first reported by The Daily Journal, a legal trade publication in Los Angeles.

“I was recently retained by Mr. Armstrong to assist him with respect to the investigation by the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Los Angeles,” Daly said in an e-mail to the Daily News. “I have no comment at this time, except to say that we are going to work diligently to find out precisely what, if anything, this investigation has to do with Mr. Armstrong.”

The government’s investigation is being led by Food and Drug Administration criminal investigator Jeff Novitzky, who uncovered the BALCO doping ring in 2003. A grand jury empanelled at the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California has issued subpoenas in the case to three-time Tour de France winner Greg LeMond and the Trek Bicycle Corporation, a sponsor of Armstrong’s teams. Overseeing the case is assistant U.S. Attorney Doug Miller.

http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/more_sports/2010/07/21/2010-07-21_lance_armstrong_hires_labased_criminal_defense_attorney_bryan_d_daly_for_feds_gr.html

More on Daly’s distinguished career:

Bryan D. Daly

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Mr. Daly co-chairs Sheppard Mullins’ Government Contracts and White Collar Defense practice groups and works out of the firm’s Los Angeles office.  Mr. Daly is a former Assistant United States Attorney for the Central District of California, Criminal Division, Public Corruption and Government Fraud Section.

As a federal prosecutor, Mr. Daly was responsible for the investigation and prosecution of a wide variety of fraud and whistleblower cases, including health care fraud, aerospace and defense contractor fraud, and environmental violations.  From 1991 through April 1995, Mr. Daly served as Director of the government’s Southern California Government Fraud Task Force and supervised numerous law enforcement agents from various federal agencies. He received the 1992 Department of Justice Director’s Award for Superior Performance as an Assistant United States Attorney, and the 1994 Department of Justice Special Achievement Award for Sustained Superior Performance as an Assistant United States Attorney.

In private practice, Mr. Daly has tried numerous criminal and complex civil cases in federal and state courts including those for businesses and executives under investigation or charged with white collar criminal offenses, including the defense of companies and executives accused of FCPA violations.  He has also conducted more than 100 internal investigations and compliance inquiries for a number of major corporations. In this capacity, Mr. Daly has worked closely with management to create effective training and compliance programs for employees and has also investigated fraud and other allegations of misconduct on behalf of these companies, and has coordinated voluntary disclosures and case referrals to the Department of Justice and other impacted agencies where appropriate. Many of these matters have been in response to whistleblowers’ allegations and False Claims Act complaints.  Specifically, Mr. Daly has investigated and defended dozens of whistleblower suits brought against Northrop Grumman Corporation, Hughes Aircraft Company, Raytheon Corporation, Duke Electric Corporation, Sony Corporation and Los Angeles Department of Water and Power.  In an effort to help avoid or minimize the adverse impact of whistleblowers’ suits, Mr. Daly has worked closely with management (1) to develop and implement effective self-governance programs, and  (2) to create training and compliance programs for employees to self-report allegations of misconduct.  Where appropriate, he has also coordinated voluntary disclosures and case referrals to the Department of Justice and other impacted agencies.

Mr. Daly was nominated in 2008 as one of the top ten White Collar Defense attorneys in the United States by Chambers USA.  He has been recognized as one of the nation’s top ranked White Collar Defense attorneys by Chamber USA and The Best Lawyers in America since 2004.  Mr. Daly is also currently the Chairman of the ABA’s Subcommittee on False Claims Act Litigation.

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Christine Brennan of USA Today thinks Armstrong has much to lose with the upcoming probe, making his choice of counsel all the more important.

Jeff Novitzky, the Food and Drug Administration agent who led the successful investigation into the BALCO steroids case, is on Armstrong’s tail in another federal investigation, this time trying to determine if the seven-time Tour de France winner and role model for thousands of cancer patients was involved in doping and possible fraud with his old U.S. Postal Service cycling team. Armstrong, 38, the famous cancer survivor who has repeatedly denied any involvement with performance-enhancing drugs, said last week that he would cooperate with a “fair investigation” into the damaging allegations made in May by his former teammate Floyd Landis, who himself was stripped of his 2006 Tour title for doping.

 But, as is Armstrong’s often-belligerent way, he delivered this caveat:

 “As long as we have a legitimate and credible and fair investigation, we’ll be happy to cooperate, but I’m not going to participate in any kind of witch hunt,” Armstrong said. “I’ve done too many good things for too many people.”

 It’s such an interesting way for Armstrong to look at things, basically saying he’s too important as a cultural icon to endure the kind of scrutiny that some for years have thought he most definitely deserves. Consider that Armstrong remains at this moment one of the few non-cheating big names in the dirtiest sport on the planet.

 Memo to Lance: This is the Steroids Era in sports. You’re an athlete who happens to be competing at this time. Deal with it.

 It’s not only Landis who is accusing Armstrong of doping. Three-time Tour de France champion Greg LeMond is talking too, saying, among other things, that he believes the evidence against Armstrong “will be overwhelming.”

 http://www.usatoday.com/sports/columnist/brennan/2010-07-21-lance-armstrong_N.htm

I’d have to agree with Brennan, and unlike her, I am not going to pretend that Lance is the clean man in a dirty sport, especially since a test came up positive for Armstrong and the drug EPO in 2005 off a 1999 sample, witness testimony by the Andreu’s, and a compromised test last year which was technically a failed test because under the terms of the World Anti-Doping Agency’s procedures, when a person doesn’t submit to a sample at the direct behest of the tester, the test is an automatic fail.

Armstrong refused to submit to a urine sample in 2009, saying he first needed to shower before he could compel a sample, and giving himself a 20 minute window for a trace amount of a substance to leave his blood stream, or as Dr. J has suggested, to put in a catheter connected to a bag of clean urine.

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We tend to support Lemond’s contention that by the time this is done, the evidence against Armstrong will be overwhelming.

Be A Clean Athlete,

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Three time Tour de France champion, American Greg Lemond, has leveled an outlandish accusation at 7 time Tour De France champion Lance Armstrong–that Armstrong paid $300,000 to a European newspaper reporter to plant a story that Lemond was the first cyclist to use the performance enhancing drug, Erythropoeitin (EPO), according to a report from the German newspaper Seuddeutsche Zaitlung.

LeMond, who was served with a grand jury subpoena last week, told a reporter from the German newspaper Sueddeutsche Zeitung that Armstrong tried to implicate him in drug use because he perceived LeMond as an enemy for suspecting Armstrong of doping.

Armstrong told The Associated Press he was aware of the accusation and dismissed it as just another episode in a long-running feud between the two men.

“That’s absolutely nonsense – $300,000?” Armstrong said. “Come on. I know (about the report). But he says a lot.”

Armstrong and the leadership of his storied cycling teams are the focus of a federal grand jury’s inquiry into possible drug and fraud crimes.

http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/more_sports/2010/07/19/2010-07-19_lance_denies_lemond_tale.html

Why would Armstrong level such a damaging claim against Lemond, an American cycling legend but one whose Tour victories came in 1986, 1989, and 1990?  Could it be about lingering animus that Armstrong has for Lemond, who is an outspoken opponent of doping in cycling and who sued Armstrong and subpoenaed Armstrong’s ex-wife Kristin and other Armstrong friends Frank and Betsey Andreu who have privately and publicly admitted that Armstrong spoke to cancer doctors about his use of PEDs in front of them?  Could Armstrong be trying to deflect some of the attention he is getting from law enforcement since Floyd Landis’ admission that he doped and Lance doped and that they doped together, namely FDA Special Investigator Jeff Novitsky, a shining star in PED investigations who has been involved with many high profile investigations?

https://crackbillionair.wordpress.com/2010/06/10/feds-appoint-balco-prosecutor-to-landiscycling-case-see-landis-emails/

http://www.cyclingnews.com/news/team-radioshack-reveal-further-emails-from-landis

https://crackbillionair.wordpress.com/2010/05/27/widened-probe-could-mean-conspiracy-fraud-charges-for-armstrong/

https://crackbillionair.wordpress.com/2010/05/21/lemond-backs-landis-doping-admissions/

https://crackbillionair.wordpress.com/2010/05/21/espns-ford-quinn-on-landis-interview-see-clips/

https://crackbillionair.wordpress.com/2010/05/20/landis-armstrong-definitely-doped/

https://crackbillionair.wordpress.com/2010/03/24/lance-armstrong-a-ketamine-chronicle/

https://crackbillionair.wordpress.com/2010/06/10/feds-appoint-balco-prosecutor-to-landiscycling-case-see-landis-emails/

Ironically, it was recently learned by scientists that Erythropoeitin, a performance enhancing drug in its own right which increases the capacity of oxygenation in the blood, also magnifies the impact of trace amounts of steroids in an athlete’s system, amounts that would be undetectable on drug tests but would have a dramatic increase on performance levels.

The blood-boosting hormone that was cycling’s greatest doping issue during the 1990s may be back as the sport’s newest problem.It has long been known that athletes can use small, carefully timed doses of the blood booster EPO to beat urine-based drug tests yet still gain a significant performance advantage. But research in Australia and France has found that the technique also eludes the long-range biological passport program that was supposed to overcome conventional testing’s shortcomings.

At the World Anti-Doping Agency board meeting here earlier this month, officials acknowledged that they had a problem when it came to the technique, known as microdosing. Few people in the antidoping world think the loophole is unknown to cyclists, leading to concern that EPO is making a comeback.

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/05/26/sports/cycling/26micro.html?scp=1&sq=EPO&st=cse

Of course Lemond has never been detected to have EPO in his system, but Armstrong has.  An Armstrong sample that was archived from 1999 tested positive for EPO in 2005 when it was not yet a banned substance, despite the fact the chemical was a long standing doping issue in the cycling community.  It has taken cycling many years to catch up to the potential for performance enhancement of EPO, for which the scientific community didn’t have an accurate test for in 1999.  Armstrong, who despises Lemond, probably saw the opportunity to smear Lemond in the European press as a way to lessen the American legend’s credibility as a credible voice in cycling who has come out in support of Floyd Landis, and as a continuation of the bad blood that has existed for almost 2 decades between the 2 men, and which was exacerbated when Lemond subpoenaed Armstrong’s ex-wife and friends, forcing them to testify to their knowledge of Armstrong’s doping–in the case of the Andreu’s at least. 

Obviously, Armstrong’s ex-wife Krista, the mother of four of Armstrong’s children, did not incriminate Armstrong in doping, but could have left herself open to perjury charges as the Fred Miller/Jeff Novitsky prosecutorial/investigatorial team ramps up their efforts to smoke out doping in cycling.

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Lance Armstrong (above), looking very muscled up at the track.

The federal government has appointed California based prosecutor Doug Miller, a U.S. Assistant District Attorney from Los Angeles who had a hand a hand in helping to indict and convict San Francisco Chronicle reporter Doug Ellerman, who leaked confidential information to the media in the BALCO case.  Ellerman received a 30 month sentence and served 16 months before being released last year. 

Miller will work with FDA lead criminal investigator Jeff Novitsky, who has already gathered much information on doping in cycling from Floyd Landis and other cooperating witnesses.

An assistant U.S. Attorney based in Los Angeles, Miller is standing behind the probe now being conducted by Food and Drug Administration criminal investigator Jeff Novitzky, according to multiple sources.

Novitzky is actively gathering information from Landis and other cooperative figures in the cycling world. Landis recently confessed to doping and accused Lance Armstrong and other top cyclists of using banned drugs and methods.

As the prosecutor in the case, Miller has the power to help Novitzky obtain search warrants and secure cooperation agreements, building a body of evidence that Miller could then take before a grand jury in order to secure an indictments, possibly against cyclists or cycling team owners.

In 2004, Miller led the government’s search for the person that leaked the confidential grand jury testimony of Barry Bonds, Jason Giambi, Tim Montgomery and other BALCO figures to the San Francisco Chronicle.

http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/more_sports/2010/06/09/2010-06-09_government_assigns_federal_prosecutor_doug_miller_to_cycling_case_sparked_by_flo.html

While Armstrong has been quick to dismiss Landis’ claims, citing a lack of credibility on Landis’ part, obviously the government is taking Landis’ emails, which have cast aspersion on so many in the cycling community, including himself, very seriously.  Some of those emails are posted for you below.

—–Original Message—–
From: Brent W. Kay, M.D.
To: Floyd Landis
Cc: Andrew Messick
Sent: Wed, Apr 28, 2010 5:43 am
Subject: cycling4/28/10

Floyd,

I met with Andrew Messick yesterday and had the opportunity to discuss some of the current issues that we are facing. We discussed a variety of issues and I will try to address as many of these as possible. I have always stood behind you from the time of your hip fracture and always felt very fortunate to have been a part of the ride to the top but also a great sense of obligation and duty to see it through during the last 4 catastrophic years. The only thing I really asked of Mr. Messick is that we call a truce for a couple days and would ask that you treat Lance and others with basic respect and professionalism for the next few days to give us a little breathing room to try to figure this whole thing out.

Despite countless challenges and a million reasons to abandon your cause I could never live with myself if I gave up. That is until now. I am a dead man walking and there is nothing left, everyone around us is dead or dying and I feel like something very bad is going to happen to me. I try my hardest to put on a show that I still care but it is all rapidly leaving my mind and body. You know this to be true as you have watched me cry recently during several of our discussions, and I haven’t cried in 40 years. This is killing my family and I need out.

Nobody will ever understand what you have been through except a small group, primarily our wives and I. Nobody will ever know how bad you were f–ked over except us. We are going to stand behind you no matter what, we still love you and always will. We know you didn’t do anything wrong and that you won the Tour de France fair and square. We want you back and away from all the bitterness, anger and hatred. We all feel a great sense of remorse and wish that we could have done a better job to support you but we gave you everything we had. We do not feel like you put us through this, we know how bad it hurts you that everyone had to endure this but rest assured we know it was not your fault.

But now I am going to ask you to do some things that you do not want to do. I am asking you to do these for me, Amber and Kim. No suggestions or recommendations, I am asking you to do me a big favor. You said you would like to someday pay back everyone that has supported you; this is your opportunity to pay us all back a hundred times over. I know that you do not want anything out of this but there are certain things I believe you deserve, basic human dignity being the most important.

My idea is completely in line with your adamant stance that you do not want anything out of this. I completely understand that you don’t want or need money out of this. Despite all the expert’s calculations on how you lost $20 million on this whole thing I know you need nearly nothing to live. You always talked about how your dad would never spend a dime on anything and you have the same trait, I understand that you need almost nothing to survive. I know you are true to your word after Lance accused Rahsaan of some conspiracy and/or extortion scheme and your first decision was to have the press conference immediately to prove that wrong. I take great pride in the fact that I was able to talk you out of that.

So to speak, I don’t think anyone is calling your bluff now. I am trying to make that very clear to everyone involved; Floyd has nothing to lose and he does not care about any consequences of his actions. In this matter I can only hope that I am successful. I have had a very hard time explaining this position but I suppose you just can’t explain it unless the person you are talking to has gone through it.

Anyway my personal interpretation of the situation is that cycling has repeatedly tried to “s–t you out” (for lack of a better term) and that is not how you are willing to let it go down. Despite all the positive changes that you personally have affected in the anti-doping system nobody will ever give them credence with your history. To get rid of the top guy at usada, wada, uci, and eliminate the lab are amazing accomplishments. Of course the dissolution of the French lab and all the new testing standards is testimony to the success of your endeavor to overhaul the corrupt anti-doping system.

My idea is based on a “win-win” philosophy. Of course I am no legal expert so I guess it has to go through an attorney or Lance’s attorneys have to say it’s completely fine and acceptable or something. If there is any issue about this being unlawful or some kind of wrong doing then I absolutely want out of the whole deal right now and will leave cycling for good. Its ok, I don’t have to continue. Have your press conference and be done with it, we will still be here for you. I have put my family through hell with all this and I will not be part of any illegal or inappropriate scheme. I’m satisfied with my experience and accomplishments in cycling now and there is much more out there in the world for me. I never did anything wrong and won’t start here.

The “win-win” would extend to all parties; you, Lance, usada, usac, tour of California, etc. The fight against doping would continue. The Tour of California would continue, etc. etc. It’s a simple straightforward idea and, if anything, selfish on my part. I want all these things to happen, I want you happy, I want Lance happy, I want cycling happy, I want to continue the fight against doping in sports, I want my kids to get the pleasure of seeing you and Lance together. I want you to introduce them to Lance. They were 10, 12 and 13 years old when this started and now the oldest is going to college. This has been a major part of their life, from the broken hip to the victory to the downfall. They deserve this opportunity and they deserve to be set free from all the anger, hatred and bitterness that you and I hold onto. They love you and think the world of you and are very proud to tell their friends they know you. That’s hardcore given everything we have put them through.

I am not sure Lance would even consider this but Mr. Messick did say they were willing to work with you on this. The idea is very simple and focuses primarily on basic human dignity. Like I said before, I think cycling owes you an apology and that of course is far too vague to ever happen. Although you have never said it and maybe don’t even realize it, I think what you need most is for everyone to say they are sorry that you were the fall guy, sorry that you had to take the bullet, sorry you were set-up, sorry your life was completely ruined and sorry for not doing more for you. If this was one of the top American sports, a union would have shut the other side down and none of this would ever happen. Maybe that is your calling in life when you finish riding-form and run a cycling union in the states so nobody ever has to go through this again.

Anyway my idea is for you to ride with lance on his team, have them work to re-build your image and be fairly compensated as a Tour de France Champion. Everyone, particularly the fans, would love to see this. I’m pretty sure that both you and Lance will not want to do this and that is why I am asking you to do it for me and my family. I think you have done enough good things now and have just about regained all of your champion form that they should be able to figure out the media part of it. They are the biggest and best in the world at that stuff so while it might be very challenging it should not be that difficult with your current story; you recently started working with a foundation helping black inner city kids, you have regained your previous form, you still have the whole hip story (which remains untapped) and you are a strong anti-doping advocate. In addition there never was an international arrest warrant so when this comes up it is just another lie from that lab. Don’t forget that lab tried to f–k Lance too.

You would have to chill out on that team and just do your job. You have worked with them before and everything could be settled in advance. Keep it simple and just agree to do a few races, maybe with the focus on winning the vuelta and tour of California the next couple years. I told Mr. Messick that you have no interest in doing the tour de France again as I’m sure this would be a major concern of theirs. I think you should be compensated as a former tour de France champion; I do not have much of a frame of reference with cycling salaries outside being involved with the domestic teams recently. I do know that several guys of much lower status make a million a year or so, I would hope it would be much more than this. I do not want to be involved in any type of negotiation on price, maybe you guys pick a couple top rider’s (like Cavendish/wiggins/contador) salaries and average them and that’s the number.

If you guys agree then maybe you ride for ouch until the tour de france is over and make an announcement after that time and then go ride the vuelta. I am willing to do whatever it takes to make this work.

As far as my new team I don’t really care if you leave or not so that is not an issue. Otherwise if either side does not like this idea just throw this in the trash and be done with it, have the press conference and get it over with. But, once again, I’m asking you to do this for me and my family so we can move on with our lives and leave all the anger, hatred and bitterness behind. Thanks Floyd.

 —— Forwarded Message
From: “Brent W. Kay, M.D.”
Date: Mon, 3 May 2010 15:15:53 -0500
To: Lance Armstrong
Subject: Fwd: toc

fyi. This was final request for toc invite. These were some of Messick’s concerns about letting us in, I think we deserve to be in from a competitive standpoint and was following up with him on the matter.

More to come as I search emails right now.
—–Original Message—–
From: Brent W. Kay, M.D.
To: Andrew Messick
Sent: Wed, Apr 28, 2010 5:59 am
Subject: toc

Good morning,

I just wanted to follow-up on a couple issues regarding my interest in your race. Given the circumstances I do not feel like it is fair to ask you to let us in. However I would like to share some information regarding our team so that if you have an inclination to include us at least consider these issues.

1) I have essentially assumed control of the team and certainly have the power to make any adjustments, changes, deletions that might be required to improve our status. Any suggestions you can provide would be greatly appreciated.
2) Rahsaan would not be on the team for your race. He is a phenomenal crit rider with tremendous speed and I am working on developing his skills on the track but he is not a big stage racer and would not be on the final team.
3) I am working on adding another ProTour level rider-Pat McCarty.
4) I think the crew of Floyd Landis, Nathan Oneil, Hilton Clark, Pat McCarty, Matt Rice and Cesar Grejales is better than any of the domestic teams you have and on par with some of the protour team.

In any case thank you for your consideration. Please keep this strictly confidential.

—— Forwarded Message
From: “Brent W. Kay, M.D.”
Date: Mon, 3 May 2010 20:14:19 -0500
To: Lance Armstrong
Subject: hey

Sorry to bother you again but I have to take care of my wife tonight and will be out until 9:30 pm or so. Please call as I would really appreciate your advice on a couple things. I will have the phone on after that time and I am usually up very early in the morning. Thanks.
—— Forwarded Message
From: “Brent W. Kay, M.D.”
Date: Wed, 5 May 2010 11:24:24 -0500
To: Lance Armstrong
Cc: Floyd Landis
Subject: follow-up

Hi Lance,

Just wanted to follow-up on our discussion 2 days ago. Following our discussion I am well aware that cycling will (once again) ruin my life, through no fault of my own, if this all blows up. To that end I want to correct any misunderstanding regarding my role in this whole thing. I am most definitely on your side as well as Floyd’s, the work and effort I have put forth the past couple weeks are testament to this.

Unfortunately a number of parties have ruined my plan to help get Floyd OUT of cycling with dignity, respect and a good result from a top level race. From the beginning of the OUCH presented by Maxxis team until recently, we planned on competing for 2 seasons with the new hip and Floyd would go out on top at the Tour of California this year. This plan has been rocked repeatedly and ultimately killed by Andrew Messick and the Tour of California. They deliberately spit in our face when we had clearly displayed that we were fully qualified and capable of competing in the race. Our results from last week are clear evidence of this. We are clearly better than many of the teams entered; Spidertech, Jelly Belly, etc. This is the only reason I have fought so hard to get in.

In any case I have asked Floyd to limit his public comments to our team’s performance and the Bahati Foundation work as long as he rides for a team that I sponsor. I do not own the team and cannot make him do anything. That is the best I can do for you.

I personally hope that you two, as Champions, can come together and put the past behind you. Without a doubt, these feuds that you (and Lemond) wage only make all of you look worse, much worse in fact, and definitely not better. You would be much better served by working together, showing respect to one another and acknowledging how great a champion each other is. If you really think about it, the 3 of you are the only ones in the world you can consider your “peers”. After all you are American Champions that have won the hardest sporting event in the world. I believe that you should show a tremendous amount of respect to each other.

I believe Floyd is still capable of great things and now has a great story to go with it. Domestic racing has been a big joke to Floyd and this was the primary reason he was trying to get on a international level team after his was run out of the United team. I still think he could win the Vuelta this year and the opportunity would be plenty of motivation to get the last 10 pounds off. He has great fitness despite the excess baggage. I know neither of you can even stand the thought of this idea but Floyd winning the Vuelta for Radioshack would be pretty spectacular, for all us fans at least.

As Floyd’s Primary Care Physician I am unable to discuss his healthcare without his expressed written consent. I appreciate your comments and insight regarding his well being. My primary concern is for his health and of course my duty as a Physician far exceed any of this petty nonsense. I refuse to “jump ship” just because the last 4 years have been overwhelmingly stressful for myself and my family and may get even much worse. To this end I am obviously biased towards Floyd’s position and I hope you can respect this. Nevertheless I want both of you to come out of this victorious.

For full disclosure, I have copied Floyd on this email. I am out of my league with this problem but will be more than happy to facilitate any reasonable request. However I believe this is a job for the attorneys, not the Doctor.

My offer still stands if you ever want to come ride and stay in Temecula. Good luck this year.

Thank you.

 From: Floyd Landis

Sent: Thu 5/6/2010 10:58 AM

To: Lance Armstrong, Steve Johnson

Subject: Fwd: Info

 Begin forwarded message:

 From: Floyd Landis

Date: May 6, 2010 10:46:01 AM CDT

To: Lance Armstrong, Hess, Stephen A, Andrew Messick

Subject: Info

 mr. Armstrong,

 I should have included this in the last email but overlooked it. Please contact me in any of the following ways so I can give you the location at which you can serve me with papers.

 I should also point out that this email trail will make a lawsuit after my public statements appear to be what it would be, a PR stunt, rather than what a lawsuit at the moment would appear to be. So once again I’d like to remind you that calling my close friends with allegations of alcoholism and insanity will be ineffective and certainly threats of “tweeting” that if I have something to say I should just say it reflect poorly on your mental well-being and maybe seeking help is a good idea for you. Of course like I’ve stated, a legal course is preferable.

 From: floyd landis

Sent: Tue 5/11/2010 11:03 AM

To: Andrew Messick; Lance Armstrong, Dr. Brent Kay

Subject: USADA Meeting

 Dear Sirs,

I’d like to personally invite you to my meeting with USADA tomorrow in Los Angeles. You’ve both been vocal with the press about you stance against performance enhancing drugs and USADA, being the agency empowered to deal with this problem, could use your support and any information that you can bring to the table. I’m also going to invite Dr. Kay since he has been brought into this episode as the result of a threatening phone call from Mr. Armstrong last monday and wants to know the details. I thought this might also be a good time for you, Mr. Armstrong, to clarify your position on my alleged “alcoholism and psychological disorders” with Dr. Kay in person as he has indicated to me that your assertions were taken by him as an indictment against his medical practices.

 Please let me know a time that would work for you and I’ll have the meeting scheduled to fit in with your other obligations for the day or if Wed. works better let me know and I can try to delay it a day.

 Thank you,

Floyd Landis.

http://www.cyclingnews.com/news/team-radioshack-reveal-further-emails-from-landis

https://crackbillionair.wordpress.com/2010/05/27/widened-probe-could-mean-conspiracy-fraud-charges-for-armstrong/

https://crackbillionair.wordpress.com/2010/05/21/lemond-backs-landis-doping-admissions/

https://crackbillionair.wordpress.com/2010/05/21/espns-ford-quinn-on-landis-interview-see-clips/

https://crackbillionair.wordpress.com/2010/05/20/landis-armstrong-definitely-doped/

https://crackbillionair.wordpress.com/2010/03/24/lance-armstrong-a-ketamine-chronicle/

Landis is a pretty fair writer, and I greatly enjoy his content.

Be a clean athlete,

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