USA Cycling still supporting Armstrong

Oct 19, 2012
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I found it curious that after all of Lance's sponsors dropped him this week that USA Cycling has retained his name for their Junior programs - Yes, the Lance Armstrong Junior Race Series is alive and well: http://www.usacycling.org/lajrs/

Good message to send to the kids, don't you think?
 
Jul 7, 2012
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It is hardly surprising that the USA Cycling have done little to hold Armstrong to account over the years, have joined in with his efforts to feed and exploit anti-French xenophobia in the US and so forth. For example:

Tour de Farce

Lance Armstrong, Thom Weisel, and questions about anti-doping efforts in American cycling


By Matt Smith Wednesday, Sep 7 2005

While lounging on Taylor Street this past Sunday watching America's biggest bike race make its way around North Beach, you might have allowed your mind to wander to the recent doping scandal involving Lance Armstrong. After all, the story - published in the French sports daily L'Equipe last month - was pretty shocking. It detailed laboratory reports showing that the seven-time Tour de France winner used banned performance-enhancing drugs to aid him in his first Tour victory in 1999. The allegations dominated international sporting headlines for a couple of weeks.

..."To me, this is an issue for the French people. They seemed very concerned about it, and frankly I don't care what they think. And I don't think Lance does either," Reuters quoted USA Cycling COO Steve Johnson as saying last week. "This is just a publication in a French tabloid newspaper. That's our perspective."

...There happens to be more to USA Cycling's pooh-poohing of the charges against Armstrong than the news headlines suggested, however. This isn't merely an instance of U.S. doping cops repelling spurious French charges against an American superhero.

Johnson, the widely quoted USA Cycling official, appears to suffer from a serious conflict of interest between his organization's role as a doping cop and his personal, institutional, and financial ties to the diversified business world surrounding Lance Armstrong. Financier Weisel is Armstrong's longtime patron, employer, investment manager, and friend. Weisel is also Johnson's longtime patron and friend and the founder of a nonprofit entity that employs him.

And then there's this little fact: Johnson essentially works for Armstrong. In addition to serving as chief operating officer of USA Cycling, Johnson is executive director of the USA Cycling Development Foundation, an affiliated nonprofit organization founded by Weisel, who serves as president of the board of directors, according to the foundation's most recently available IRS returns, filed in 2003. According to the foundation's current Web site, the board of directors now includes Lance Armstrong.

http://www.sfweekly.com/2005-09-07/news/tour-de-farce/
 
Jul 12, 2012
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timkormann said:
I found it curious that after all of Lance's sponsors dropped him this week that USA Cycling has retained his name for their Junior programs - Yes, the Lance Armstrong Junior Race Series is alive and well: http://www.usacycling.org/lajrs/

Good message to send to the kids, don't you think?
The Boy Scouts was founded by a pedophile...
 
Jul 7, 2012
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luckyboy said:
And how does this make amends for USA Cycling's past complicity in the Armstrong doping conspiracy?

Has Steve Johnson apologised for attacking the integrity of 'the French people' (and note that he targeted not just Damien Ressiot or the ASO but the whole of the French population) rather than holding Armstrong to account 6 years ago?
 
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