taken from a french anti doping site and translated. make your own mind up
He began to see Dr. Michele Ferrari but speak openly in 2001, just before the "Sunday Times" will reveal this.
He won the Fleche Wallone but announcement on October 9, be suffering from testicular cancer metastasized. It is the brain operated on 24 October.
October 27, takes place the famous scene from the hospital in Indiana when, questioned by a doctor, he admitted, in the presence of Lisa Shiels, then his fiancée, Chris Carmichael and his companion, Stephanie McIlvain, Betsy and Frankie Andreu Kramar (future Betsy Andreu) avoit used for EPO, the hormone of growth, cortisone, steroids and testosterone. Frankie and Betsy Andreu testify under oath at trial SCA Promotions.
Healed, he took the competition in February, 518 days after the announcement of his illness. He finished 4th in particular of the Tour of Spain.
He encourages his teammate Frankie Andreu, who refuses to consult Dr Ferrari.
He won for the first time the Tour de France after the Festina. It is illustrated lecture in the mal-informed Christophe Bassoons. It must be said that this formidable opponent was as a clean rider. " As it was the only one!
More unfortunate still, he tested positive for steroids during the Tour de France. It has probably been surprised by the implementation of the detection of steroids, announced only days earlier. Presented, in hindsight, a medical certificate issued by Luis Del Moral, the doctor in the U.S. Postal enable it to evade the sanctions (in contradiction with Article 43 of the Rules of the UCI, which states that the medical certificate must be submitted at the time of inspection). The incident is unfortunate for a rider who, when questioned on the subject a few days before the revelation, not stubbornly argued receive no special medical prescription, what was not yet TUEs. (To read more about it: click here).
Finally, in 2005 we learn that EPO was traveling in his arteries during this Tour de France.
During the Tour de France, he won again, a team from France 3 films by management of the U.S. Postal team get rid of syringes and medicines (including Actovegin). A preliminary inquiry will be opened by the prosecutor of Paris, but it will lead to a non-place.
At the end of the Tour, Armstrong, Livingston and Hamilton will contribute to provide a Rolex on Dr. Ferrari.
Another major expense, he made a donation of about 25 000 dollars to the UCI to help in its fight against doping. The UCI cash the check without finding anything to say. In other circles it is called "smooth social relations" ...
The same year he won the Grand Prix of Nations, one of the few races he will win out of the Tour de France which he devoted himself almost exclusively.
Just before the publication of an article in the magazine "Sunday Times", it proves to be followed by Dr Michele Ferrari since 1995. He chose to visit the controversial Italian doctor in preparation for the world record time, record that it does not address. In his book It's not just the bike into life, published in 2000, Armstrong "forgets" to talk about this collaboration. No matter: he won the Tour de France and Tour de Suisse
He won the Dauphiné Libéré and the Tour de France for which he is surrounded by four teammates who have been or will be later involved in doping cases: Roberto Heras, Benoit Joachim, Floyd Landis and Pavel Padrnos.
He won the Tour de France's fastest in history and the Dauphiné Libéré. It also takes the time to deal Simeoni a liar. The rash had dared to testify against Dr. Ferrari. The two men set themselves to court each other for libel. After more than two years of proceedings, they finally lay the sponge. The settlement account will remain there.
He became the first rider to win 6 Tours de France. For this feat he received the 2004 award of the Academy of Sports. Academics may not have read a bestseller this summer "LA Confidential". Or have confused with a book by James Ellroy ...
Previously, Armstrong has managed to halt a dangerous escape from which Fillipo Simeoni, which pointed to the 114th place, just 2 hours 42. Fortunately, the price of a superhuman effort, the dangerous Italian was taken over by the glorious American. Diplomatic relations, good, between Italy and the United States, were not affected.
Based on the book "LA Confidential", the insurance company SCA Promotions refused to pay him $ 5 million it owed him for 5th win in the Tour. Forced to go look elsewhere for revenue comfortable Lance Armstrong $ 150,000 bill for his performance speaker (according to La France Cycliste August 2004).
Off just before the conquest of a 7th victory in the Tour De France, he was placed under investigation in France for libel in what is now called the Armstrong-Simeoni case. The case will end with an amicable agreement. The U.S. would have paid 100,000 Simeoni, which would be bound by a confidentiality agreement.
Also in France, a preliminary investigation for suspected doping is opened by the prosecutor of Annecy.
Fortunately, the leadership of the Tour de France does not apply the rule that prevailed in 2004 and wanted any rider involved in a court case was excluded from the Tour ... The way is then free to allow it to rise for the 7th time on the highest step of the podium in Paris. 7 wins (or 6 for those who are not that of 1999) can be a man apart. During the press conference following the arrival, he said: "We have the best team, best coaches, the best trainers, best doctors." Normally, he does not know yet that the newspaper L'Equipe preparing a resounding scoop that will establish it was doped with EPO on the Tour in 1999.
On 27 October, the Foundation announced a donation of $ 1.5 million to fund a chair in oncology led by Dr. Einhorn who had treated Armstrong in 1996. Coincidence of timing, two days earlier, Frankie Andreu testified in the case of SCA Promotions to recount the episode in which Armstrong had allegedly confessed to using doping products. Episode that took place at the hospital in Indiana where officie Dr. ... Einhorn.
While the International Cycling Union made stunts for the laundering suspicions of doping during the Tour de France 1999, the "french tabloid" The World refait his. It reveals that, in the trial between Armstrong to the insurance company SCA Promotions, witnesses have sworn they heard the U.S. declare its oncologists taking erythropoietin (...), growth hormones, steroids anabolic steroids and testosterone. (Click here to read the article in the World).
This does not prevent them from embarking on a career as a comedian. First, he seeks the head of **** Pound, the President of the World Anti-Doping Agency, guilty for taking a joke to the "independent" that the innocent in the doping case of the Tour de France 1999 . Then, after the final World Cup football team lost by France, he said on American sports channel ESPN: "All their players [french] have tested positive ... as holes *** ". It was humor, claim there a few days later. Finally, about his former team-mate at U.S. Postal, Floyd Landis, tested positive for testosterone at the Tour de France 2006, he said: "If we had had the slightest suspicion on the fact that it can be a cheater, we would have parted from him before. " Humor always ...
Earlier this year, he continued his crusade anti-LNDD alongside Floyd Landis and repeats that he does not trust the french laboratory of Chatenay-Malabry. In September, the announcement of the suspension of Floyd Landis, he abandoned his compatriot in the open countryside, refusing to comment: it no longer cycling that far. We had seen on the Tour de France Alberto Contador to support ... Not close to a contradiction, he said a few days later, about the work of LNDD: "When you impose the death penalty to someone, what they essentially did, you can not tolerate a bad quality, they have clearly done.
He launched the site Livestrong.com, a site for profit, without fear of making the shade at the site of its founding Livestrong.org.
The brand Trek filed a court request to terminate its contract with Greg LeMond which it sells the bikes. Trek him about his criticism of Lance Armstrong. The fact that John Burke, owner of Trek, is a friend of Lance Armstrong is doubtless for nothing.
He accepted however unconditionally the decision of the UCI, sitting on Regulation allows him to make his return in January, without waiting the six months observation regulatory program location. Chose promise, chose due, they say, but the website that was to follow the results of doping controls in place with Don Catlin was not always in line before the Tour Down Under. A few weeks later, in mid February, the U.S. said it would simply give up and control program in place in Astana. Unfulfilled promise for those who wanted to copy to show his return to the platoons. Exit is the promise of public communication of monitoring results as well as freezing of the samples. Armstrong does not finally lost confidence in the freezer Catlin as those of the AFLD.
On 17 March he was removed for 20 minutes at an unannounced doping control. The AFLD however decided not to open proceedings against him.
Four months later, he completed the Tour de France in third place.