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Is Lance Armstrong Guilty of Doping?

When it comes to drug doping, one of the most recent names to be mentioned is Lance Armstrong.  While Lance is well known for launching Livestrong, which is a foundation to provide support to those suffering from cancer; he is now being talked about as someone who has potentially been involved with drug doping.


Recently, George Hincapie, who is part of Armstrong’s inner circle, told authorities that he had seen Armstrong using performance-enhancing drugs.  This came just after a former member of Armstrong’s team, Tyler Hamilton, told “60 Minutes” that he had used these drugs with Armstrong.   Just a year ago, Armstrong was in the media after Floyd Landis lost his 2006 tour title for the use of steroids and claiming that he and Armstrong had used these drugs while members of the US Postal team.

While there are many accusations out there against Armstrong, so far he has been tested and always came up clean.  Many may also be willing to overlook these allegations due to the organization he has started and the work that it has done in helping those suffering from cancer.  His organization started with the yellow bracelets that quickly became fashionable and has distributed over 80 million of them.  He has also helped Livestrong raise more than $400 million so far.  Some of this money comes through things such as concerts, food tastings, golf tournaments and other fundraisers and private contributions.

While doping allegations can hurt many athletes, for someone like Armstrong, it may just be a small blip in the radar.  It would hurl the cycling community and his reputation as a cyclist, but Armstrong would still be well known and respected for everything that he has done in order to help those with cancer.  He is also an inspiration for many who have been diagnosed with cancer in that they know Armstrong was able to overcome it and continue on with his life, so therefore they should also be able to.

The UCI insists that it has never hidden or altered any positive test results, and that Armstrong has never been notified of having a positive result.  They are deeply shocked by the allegations that were made on “60 Minutes” stating that the allegations are unfounded. Tyler Hamilton stated in an interview that Armstrong used a blood-boosting hormone called EPO (erythropoietin) to help prepare for the 2001 tour which he ultimately won.  Armstrong is alleged to have told Hamilton about the UCI helping to cover up a positive test result at the warm-up event.   The UCI is not happy about the allegations made by Hamilton as he has tested positive twice in the past which is an abuse of the trust of other cyclists.  The UCI feels that Hamilton is trying to harm them as he is now reporting these events 10 years later and to the media, instead of to the organization.

In 2002, Armstrong donated $25,000 to the Swiss-based organization anti-doping program and then another $100,000 to purchase a Sysmex machine which is used to analyze blood.  According to the interview with Tyler Hamilton on 60 minutes, these donations to an anti-doping agency have raised some eyebrows as being unprecedented for a competitive athlete.

One of Lance Armstrongs other former teammates, Viatcheslav Ekimov, has come to Armstrong’s aid claiming that Hamilton is a liar who has ulterior motives (financial.)  Ekimov rode with Armstrong from 2000-5 as a teammate in the Tour de France and has stated that he’s never seen Armstrong use performance-enhancing drugs.

What do you think, did Lance Armstrong use performance enhancing drugs?


Claire Al-Aufi is a contributing author for Hive Health Media who provides updates on health and fitness news.


  1. RT

    June 13, 2011 at 7:51 pm

    In the end, the doping will bother people a lot less than the denials….

  2. JH

    June 1, 2011 at 8:30 pm

    For many, it’s hard to swallow that Lance Armstrong cheated due to the fact that a cancer-survivor that was able to win the Tour de France an unprecedented 7 times. However, after reading/watching the evidence, testimonies, motives, and very careful wording from Lance Armstrong, it is hard for me to see Lance Armstrong as the once American hero, but an emboldened cheater that used his influence to not get caught or to make large contributions (i.e. payoffs) when he did. With the increased cheating going on today, people should revert to this motto, “If it’s too good to be true, it probably is.”

  3. Haley

    May 26, 2011 at 2:14 am

    I admire him so much and I feel so sad when heard about that information::(:(:(

  4. CGM

    May 24, 2011 at 5:18 am

    The preponderance of the evidence against Armstrong is overwhelming. Even Armstrong himself refuses to say he never doped, but rather has never failed a test. Carefully chose words and often two different things.


      May 24, 2011 at 1:35 pm

      Even if he did, he has overcome a terrible illness, being an example for those who believe cancer is a death sentence he show them hope. Who doesn’t forgive doesn’t deserve to be forgiven, myself I forgive him if he did so.

      • CGM

        May 24, 2011 at 2:19 pm

        I don’t disagree he’s been through a lot; through hell, I ‘m sure. But that doesn’t make some of things it appears he did right, including some pretty vicious behavior towards others in his own defense.

        I’m sure acknowledging his transgressions would devastate a lot of people, but he wasn’t forced to do those things. He has to take responsibility.


          May 25, 2011 at 9:10 am

          Ok, I somehow agree with you, anyway having friends touched by cancer I still feel some sympathy for him, but you’re certainly right.

  5. Delena Silverfox

    May 24, 2011 at 3:30 am

    Well, I’m not an expert on Lance Armstrong or know for a fact one way or another, but as a fan I have a difficult time believing such a sports and cancer survivor hero would do something like this. In his fight against cancer, I’m sure Lance would know the damaging effects that any drug –performance-enhancing or not– would have on his physiology and wouldn’t do anything to compromise his health. Especially not after beating cancer!


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