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USADA had sought clarification from USA Cycling over whether event falls within its rules

UPDATED: USA Cycling says that Lance Armstrong cannot take part in this weekend's Gran Fondo Hincapie, organised by his former US Postal Service team mate George Hincapie, which several former colleagues as well as current pros including Tejay van Garderen are due to ride.

The governing body told Shane Stokes of the website Cycling Tips:"USA Cycling has been asked by the US Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) to look into the Gran Fondo Hincapie in the face of questions concerning rider eligibility."

“USA Cycling has informed USADA that the Gran Fondo Hincapie constitutes a cycling 'activity' that is 'authorized' by USA Cycling as those terms are used in the World Anti-Doping Code and in the Anti-Doping provisions of the UCI (International Cycling Union) Cycling Regulations.

“Under these provisions, an athlete’s suspension bars participation in an authorized activity such as this. The UCI has confirmed USA Cycling’s interpretation. The World Anti-Doping Code vests jurisdiction in UCI and in USADA to determine whether an athlete has violated the terms of any suspension, as well as to assess any sanctions that might accompany an adverse determination.”

USADA, whose investigation in 2012 resulted in Armstrong being banned from sport for life and stripped of results including his seven Tour de France victories, had raised the issue of Armstrong taking part in the event with USA Cycling. 

USA Cycling’s Gran Fondo Regulations require that “By entering the event, the participant agrees to respect the regulations of the UCI, USA Cycling, and the particular regulations of the event.”

Initially it had been reported that as a non-sanctioned event, Armstrong could ride it. But it is listed on USA Cycling’s website, classified F, meaning a “Fun Ride or Tour.”

Armstrong is banned “from participating in any activity or competition organized by any signatory to the Code or any member of any signatory,” and USADA spokeswoman Annie Skinner confirmed it had sought clarification with the governing body.

She told Cycling Tips: “After this question was brought to our attention, we reached out to USA Cycling, and we are awaiting their determination as to whether or not this Gran Fondo qualifies as an authorised event under the rules.”

There are also implications in USA Cycling's Gran Fondo rules for current professionals planning to ride the event, including van Garderen and BMC Racing team mate Brent Bookwalter, as well as Garmin-Sharp’s Alex Howes and Tom Danielson – the latter a former team mate of Armstrong who testified against him.

The Gran Fondo Regulations say: “Riders belonging to a UCI Protour team or UCI professional continental team may not take part in Gran Fondo events without an exception granted by the UCI. However, a rider may participate without this exception in one event per year that bears his name.”

Born in Scotland, Simon moved to London aged seven and now lives in the Oxfordshire Cotswolds with his miniature schnauzer, Elodie. He fell in love with cycling one Saturday morning in 1994 while living in Italy when Milan-San Remo went past his front door. A daily cycle commuter in London back before riding to work started to boom, he's been news editor at road.cc since 2009. Handily for work, he speaks French and Italian. He doesn't get to ride his Colnago as often as he'd like, and freely admits he's much more adept at cooking than fettling with bikes.

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truffy [650 posts] 3 years ago
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It's a fun ride, can't they just let it go?

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Must be Mad [625 posts] 3 years ago
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It does seem a bit over the top. If it isn't a race, no point getting worked up about it.

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mbrads72 [215 posts] 3 years ago
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Rules is rules. If they bend them then how far is too far?

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anarchy [100 posts] 3 years ago
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Fuck lance. Crawl under a rock and die

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Beefy [381 posts] 3 years ago
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Lance could have killed and had a lesser punishment. Its look a bit too vindictive now

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bikeandy61 [538 posts] 3 years ago
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Admittedly not USA but I'll just say - Ricardo Ricco.  35

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Philip Whiteman [25 posts] 3 years ago
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Lance will be pleased to know that Audax UK events are signatories to UCI Regulations and he is therefore entitled to enter.

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wozzer64 [1 post] 3 years ago
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And what about the other ex dopers taking part . Could it have anything to do with the fact he's not playing ball with USADA.Give the man a break it's a frickin whitchunt

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spin sugar [48 posts] 3 years ago
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wozzer64 wrote:

And what about the other ex dopers taking part . Could it have anything to do with the fact he's not playing ball with USADA.Give the man a break it's a frickin whitchunt

It is (to do with that) - the others co-operated with USADA and got lesser punishments as a result.

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amawby [89 posts] 3 years ago
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More generally, what is the purpose of this rule "Riders belonging to a UCI Protour team or UCI professional continental team may not take part in Gran Fondo events without an exception granted by the UCI."?
It would improve most such events I've ever ridden in should there be a bunch of pros there.

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JohnMartin [16 posts] 3 years ago
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I am sure that he is not going to try and cheat any one.  39
Let him ride i would say.

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manmachine [102 posts] 3 years ago
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Ohhhh boo hoo...are you upset because Lance crushed your idol worship sonny? maybe mommy can give you some hugs...make it all better...  21

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Cyclist [295 posts] 3 years ago
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anarchy wrote:

Fuck lance. Crawl under a rock and die

You sir are a prize cock.

As for the the main post..it's pathetic.

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thegibdog [103 posts] 3 years ago
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Truck loads of irony here given the name of the event!

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freespirit1 [258 posts] 3 years ago
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and who wrote this?

See above

Cyclist wrote:

I ride down the canal towpaths regularly, I shout from at least 100m then 50 etc on your left or right, if they make no attempt to move or move across into my line I don't move or slow down, if they do then I will always slow and say thanks. I don't blame kids under 10ish or dogs. A couple of summers ago I shouted at the top of my voice to a fisherman who had one of this great white fishing poles across the path I was well over 100m away he looked straight at me and carried on doing his thing, so I ran straight over his pole, lovely crack. I consider myself to be considerate to others in every way, however one chance is all you get as that is all I will get from a lorry.. However ref the headphones and walking, let's talk about idiotic cyclists who wear them..idiots, far more so than walkers on a canal towpath.

Who is the complete cock now?

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Beaufort [270 posts] 3 years ago
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Stop him from entering any cycling event for the rest of his existence. That might actually piss him off enough to be a true punishment for the years of deceit and lies.

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Das [243 posts] 3 years ago
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Yawn. One cheat in a peloton of 100 cheats. Its in the past, lets move on. I say let him ride, for what its worth.

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Quince [381 posts] 3 years ago
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Well, I'm just glad I'm not banned. I can go ride my bike, and I think that's fabulous!

\(^▽^@)ノ

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noether [96 posts] 3 years ago
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Lance destroyed so many careers in his quest for dominance of the sport. These men and women have vanished from the scene without a second chance. He was a top athlete who refined the use of drugs to such height that he became unassailable. He demanded from his team to follow his practices. He used his wealth and influence a the top of the pyramid to bribe or otherwise bully whistle blowers into silence. Not content with his succes, he staged comeback after comeback. He plunged the sport into a deep state of disrepute from which it still has to recover, banking on the misplaced culture of omerta that prevailed. He was the primus inter pares who destroyed the sport. He has no place
in it, no matter how small.

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bartsie [17 posts] 3 years ago
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Could it be that the organizers themselves registered this event with USA Cycling to raise its profile? The registration fee is about $200.

I don't have a feeling that USA Cycling are watching me every time I get on a bike, even if I meet a couple of friends.

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Colin Peyresourde [1820 posts] 3 years ago
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Can he go as Juan Pelota?

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daddyELVIS [654 posts] 3 years ago
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And if he rides what can they do - ban him some more? Pathetic!

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Fran The Man [82 posts] 3 years ago
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daddyELVIS wrote:

And if he rides what can they do - ban him some more? Pathetic!

Quite! Either he can ride his bike for fun, but he can't compete, or he can't ride his bike at all. The guy needs a bit of fun in his life, no matter how much pain he's caused in the past. Would you refrain from telling a joke to a condemned man?

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nnnoodle [3 posts] 3 years ago
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What noether said ^^^^.

Other comments supportive of Lance are either sociopathic or do not know the facts.

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daddyELVIS [654 posts] 3 years ago
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nnnoodle wrote:

What noether said ^^^^.

Other comments supportive of Lance are either sociopathic or do not know the facts.

Hilarious!!!

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manmachine [102 posts] 3 years ago
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Sociopathic! LMAO...because you have a hard on for Lance and he has shattered your pathetic, little dick world you deem anyone supporting him as sociopathic. What a moron you are Beaker. You take muppet to a whole new level...dumbass. Go back to playing with yourself down at Fraggle Rock little boy...  21

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manmachine [102 posts] 3 years ago
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usada are a bunch of mother fucking, vindictive, hypocritical scumbags. Little mommas boys with vaginas. Hey usada...

http://youtu.be/xuXcHcA46Zs?list=UUR8LBdeRKoh1Mviji1QPfXg

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pwake [428 posts] 3 years ago
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noether wrote:

Lance destroyed so many careers in his quest for dominance of the sport. These men and women have vanished from the scene without a second chance. He was a top athlete who refined the use of drugs to such height that he became unassailable. He demanded from his team to follow his practices. He used his wealth and influence a the top of the pyramid to bribe or otherwise bully whistle blowers into silence. Not content with his succes, he staged comeback after comeback. He plunged the sport into a deep state of disrepute from which it still has to recover, banking on the misplaced culture of omerta that prevailed. He was the primus inter pares who destroyed the sport. He has no place in it, no matter how small.

Wow! For once I find myself in agreement with daddyELVIS, "Hilarious!"
Let's see:
"destroyed so many careers". Well, the 'two-speed peloton" pretty much put paid to anyone who didn't want to dope with EPO; LA didn't do that all by himself. He didn't do Greg Lemond any favours, but Greg's not destitute and is on his way back into the bike business with a lovely new bike, the Washoe. Maybe Betsy Andreau, but again, not destitute and how far can you go in your career as a masseuse? On the flip side, David Walsh, Paul Kimmage and likely others were all dining-out on the LA story for a good few years.

"top athlete who refined the use of drugs to such height that he became unassailable". All on his own, of course, no-one else involved, just the anti-Christ Lance in his secret lab. And Jan Ullrich got damn close to him; made for some great racing!

"used his wealth and influence a the top of the pyramid to bribe or otherwise bully whistle blowers into silence". It's called 'Lobbying' here in the States!!

"he staged comeback after comeback". Well, one and another in triathlon.

"He plunged the sport into a deep state of disrepute from which it still has to recover." Pretty sure there were a handful of folks watching the Grand Depart this year; yeah, pro-cycling's in a terrible state.

"primus inter pares who destroyed the sport". A bit of Latin always sounds authoritative doesn't it? First among equals would've done for me. Anyway, "destroyed the sport"? Pretty sure I watched a load of pro-cycling this year, including the Grand Depart mentioned above, all the usual Classics, a great Giro and Vuelta, topped off with an excellent World Road Race and time trial championships. Now looking forward to a bit of destroyed Cyclocross and some destroyed Six Days.

BTW, it will probably upset you to know that Lance still rides his bike regularly. He rode through my home city of Houston last weekend on a charity ride called Pablove Across America; there was no publicity for him riding, I guess he just saw it as a good cause and a chance to get on his bike. Wouldn't you?

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daddyELVIS [654 posts] 3 years ago
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pwake wrote:

Wow! For once I find myself in agreement with daddyELVIS

LOL - quick, I'd better think of something unpopular to say - I've got a reputation to uphold, haha.

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700c [1167 posts] 3 years ago
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thegibdog wrote:

Truck loads of irony here given the name of the event!

Quite. Banning a doper from an event organised by a doper. Do they think Lance will somehow bring the event into disrepute?! Ha ha

He could just turn up and ride presumably and nobody could do anything anyway.

As for the trolling in the comments here, perhaps the moderators should intervene. There's no place for it.

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