Bicycle News

The Lance Armstrong Debacle

According to reports bicyclist Lance Armstrong, who was under criminal investigation will not be charged. Los Angeles U.S. Attorney Andre Birotte, Jr. said in an emailed statement that the seven time Tour de France champion and his racing team are no longer under criminal investigation by the Los Angeles U.S. Attorney’s Office or by the special agents of the U.S. Food, Drug Administration and the U.S. Postal Service.

The statement said that federal prosecutors in Los Angeles had been investigating possible performance enhancement drugs involving Armstrong. They stated they were making the announcement public after earlier matters in this investigation had leaked out to the media.

The investigation was led by FDA criminal investigator Jeff Novitzky, who had investigated steroid use by professional athletes San Francisco Giants baseball player Barry Bonds and Olympic sprinter Marion Jones. Both were convicted, Jones was convicted of lying to the Grand Jury about steroid use and Bonds was convicted of obstructing the investigation. Bonds is appealing the conviction.

Armstrong a testicular cancer survivor made a statement through his attorney Mark Fabiani, that the right decision has been made and he commends them for reaching the decision. Armstrong went on to say that he is looking forward to life as a father, competitor and advocated in the fight for cancer, without having the overshadowing investigation.
Armstrong age 40 retired from professional racing in February of 2011 to focus on Livestrong, a cancer charity he started and has denied the use of illegal performance enhancing drugs.

During his career of competitive cycling Armstrong passed nearly 500 drug tests over a span of 20 years. He was the Tour de France winner each year, which is the bicycling sport celebrated event, between 1995 and 2005 and road for the U.S. Postal Service team in his last Tour de France win.