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Lance Armstrong couldn’t participate in this weekend’s Gran Fondo Hincapie event that took place in Greenville South Carolina. He was invited by George Hincapie to take part in the event. This event was a non competitive one but as it was sanctioned by USA Cycling, he was prohibited from participating due to his lifetime ban.
His former USPS teammates Michael Barry, Kevin Livingston, Christian Vande Velde and Tom Danielson, including Hincapie, participated in the event.
Last year Armstrong admitted to doping on a TV Show. Three months before that he was stripped of his seven Tour de France titles. He was banned from participating in the sport for life.
Bill Kellick, spokesman for USA Cycling said USADA was informed by them that the event was sanctioned by USA Cycling as a cycling activity thereby prohibiting any banned athlete from participating in the event.
He said that USADA after getting information about Armstrong’s intention of participating in the event requested USA Cycling to check if he could participate. Armstrong said that he intends to participate in the event as Hincapie, a good friend, had asked him to.
Hincapie said that he just wanted his friends to see Greenville and ride there and it was not their intention to make a drama out of the situation.
Hincapie testified against Armstrong in 2012 but said that he still has high regards for his friend. He also said in 2012 that he considers Armstrong to be an extraordinary cyclist and he is proud about being friends with him. He said about his using banned drugs that he had made mistakes including a few other riders but he still believes that everyone should get a second chance. He was suspended for six months which he spent in retirement.
For over ten years, Armstrong denied that he used performance enhancing drugs and resorted to bullying those who brought the allegation against him.
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One of Lance Armstrong’s attorneys said in federal court on Monday that the FBI investigated if grand jury secrets during Lance Amstrong’s criminal probe in 2010 and 2011 were illegally leaked to the media.
Elliot Peters, Armstrong’s defense attorney described in a two hour hearing, the inquiry of FBI to US District Court Judge Christopher Cooper.
Elliot Peters is defending Armstrong from Justice Department’s civil division trying to recover ten million US Postal service sponsorship dollars.
Peters told Cooper “This was a grand jury investigation characterized by an extraordinary number of leaks,” he added, ”The press seemed to be prescient” about who would be testifying.
The grand jury probe of Armstrong’s cycling teams in Los Angeles suddenly ended and no criminal charges were made in February 2012. But all witness testimonies and other evidences indicated that $32 million taxpayer dollars went to Armstrong’s Tour de France team which the Department of Justice claims.
Earlier the Department of Justice (DOJ) mistakenly shared evidences with Armstrong’s defense team, after that the DOJ lawyers demanded that the documents be returned after declaring those documents to be privileged and they further demanded the documents to be disregarded and sealed.
Armstrong and his defense team are trying to hold on to those materials. But Judge Cooper has final authority in deciding if Armstrong’s team can keep any document at all.
Peters made it clear that he is unwilling to let go of those memos, he is trying to establish that the US Postal Service was unharmed by Armstrong’s Doping and Not only was the Postal service harmed by its relationship with Armstrong, but in fact it made huge profits due to huge international publicity.
If Armstrong loses the case then he would have to pay three times for the damage done, according to the False Claims Act. The penalty to be paid may reach $100 million. A large portion of the money will go to Floyd Landis, Armstrong’s former teammate who brought this alleged deceit to the light of the government
An Australian mother and school teacher who was completing the trip of a lifetime across America has been found dead on the trip. She was a high school teacher of Canberra High School and her name was Joanna Abernethy.
Joanna was found dead on the highway on Saturday at 3.30 a.m. her final destination was Washington DC but she was found hit by a car 500 miles away from Washington Dc in eastern Indiana. She began her pre planned journey of 7200km on 7th May from Astoria in Oregon. She was to Washington DC on 14th August 2014 in order to pay tribute to her hero Sir Martin luther King Jr.
She made many friends on the journey and met many warm hearted people who offered her bed, breakfast and cash in order to help her. Among them the most prominent friends would be a resident from Missouri and cyclist Frank Briscoe.
As Frank recalls of her memories, he says that she was a very good and determined person. It was refreshing to see her determination. They had become friends instantly although they had known each other for less than 24 hours. He said that the news devastated him when he heard from her half-brother Jake. Briscoe said that he had warned her not to travel at night but she was on a mission for herself and had a long way to go. So she perhaps did not take the advise.
Joanna had started training on her borrowed Orly’s Malvern Star bike that she got from her teenage daughter and travelled across Canberra by timing herself. She eventually started using the Viviente touring bike and also bought a ticket to fly to the States.
Wayne country Sherriff Department has started an investigation near the Indiana-Ohio border to look into Joanna Abernethy’s death.
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The world of cycling ahs been taken by storm due to the crowds affinity with selfies. From actors to common people to bureaucrats all are engrossed in selfies which is driving the riders crazy in Tour de France.
Taking selfies on a sporting event of cycling is annoying as well as risky but the current lot is adamant in taking the pictures. Many riders have complained to the officials regarding the disturbance caused due to people coming in and requesting for selfies. Geraint Thomas of Team Sky is fed up with selfies. It is just the first stage in England that is creating an uproar on the streets, and also creating a course similar to a downhill mountain bike track!
The people have been already warned of the dangers associated with selfies. Such has been the fanfare that the crowds are leaving no stone unturned for taking a picture with their favourites. The problem that they are facing is that some people come crashing in and it makes the riders lose momentum of their ride and they are crashing. Injuries are also becoming part of the race.
The American cyclist Tejay Van Garderen described the act as a nuisance. The support of the fans is always welcome but not at the cost of injury or mishap. Stringent measures are being taken by the officials in England to put a curfew line so that the people cannot cross the line and enter the restricted area with their cameras and mobile phones. More so many a times the riders have their backs turned so they are unable to see the crowd coming hence what happens is crash out. In the next stages the ride is going to be further tough so if it is not checked properly from before then it can cause loss to life and property in the upcoming rides.
In a two-man sprint, Jan Bakelants of Omega Pharma-Quickstep went ahead of Lieuwe westra and took over the title at stage 6. It was at the last bit with a few kilometres left when the duo left the others back and went ahead dumping Pim Ligthart of lotto just before the finish.
Despite the several attacks when Westra tried to attack, he was not able to defeat Bakelants finally. The Astana rider led the sprint out at 300 meters to go only for everyone to see Bakelants who had a lot in his reserve only to come forward and take the win in spite of the tight angle that he was in along with Zdenek Stybar of Omega Pharma-Quickstep at the third position.
Chris Froome of Team Sky might have hoped to enjoy a quite and calm weekend but met with a crash in the closing of 10 km at the Tour de France. Though he managed to be back in his feet then, he was seen nursing a lot of bruises at the end. Even with the fall he managed to keep Alberto Contador of Tinkoff Saxo and Wilco Keldeman of Team Belkin.
After roughly an hour of racing the stage seemed to have sixteen-man group broken free from the peloton. Both Astana and Tinkoff had their men posted in the break, with Europcar, FDJ, Katusha, Garmin, and the leader’s team missing the move.
The break that got a buffer of four minutes quickly made up with only Bakelants at less than seven minutes off the race, made Sky assure about the break not posing GC threat. The British team surely allowed the move to crawl out to nearly six minutes but with help from FDJ and Katusha, they chipped away at the leader’s advantage.
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