Attorney for Former Lance Armstrong Cycling Teammate Unsurprised Doping Probe is Dead

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Armstrong
"There was plenty of evidence of doping, but the fact that there may have been doping doesn't necessarily mean a federal crime was committed."

-Chris Manderson, a Newport Beach attorney, reacting via New York Daily News to federal prosecutors dropping a two-year investigation into allegations seven-time Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong and members of his cycling team used banned drugs to boost performance.

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Hamilton
As we reported last May, Manderson since 2009 has advised Tyler Hamilton, who appeared on 60 Minutes last spring to accuse his former cycling teammate Armstrong of doping.

Manderson, whose Manderson Schafer & McKinlay firm first represented Hamilton when the cyclist tested positive for drugs, decided with his client to consent to the 60 Minutes interview "to get out in front of this and tell his story."

While the United States Attorney's office has dropped its probe of Armstrong and his former teammates, the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency is still investigating.

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909Jeff
909Jeff

And on the same day Alberto Contador was stripped of his 2010 tour victory and placed on a two year ban... Hamilton is a douche who wanted to the be the star of a team but never had what it took... Lance Armstrong was the most tested athlete in any sport for several years and never tested dirty.  Hows that taste Hamilton? You cheater! 

JR
JR

Oh please. For one, Armstrong did indeed test positive. He got a "backdated" note to get him out of the first offense in the '99 Tour. Then his '99 Tour urine samples tested positive for EPO years later after testing methods for the drug became available.

For another, plenty of cyclists never tested positive yet were known to have done drugs. Jan Ullrich, Ivan Basso, Marco Pantani and David Millar are just a few of the many who passed all tests yet were found guilty of using PEDs. That line of reasoning means nothing in cycling.

909Jeff
909Jeff

You mean these?  

A 1999 urine sample showed traces of corticosteroid in an amount that was not in the positive range. A medical certificate showed he used an approved cream for saddle sores which contained the substance 

On August 23, 2005, L'Équipe, a major French daily sports newspaper, reported on its front page under the headline "le mensonge Armstrong" ("The Armstrong Lie") that 6 urine samples taken from the cyclist during the prologue and five stages of the 1999 Tour de France, frozen and stored since at "Laboratoire national de dépistage du dopage de Châtenay-Malabry" (LNDD), had tested positive for erythropoietin(EPO) in recent retesting conducted as part of a research project into EPO testing methods. According to the results of an investigative report by Emile Vrijman (a Dutch lawyer and the former head of the Dutch anti-doping agency, which he headed for ten years), who was appointed by the UCI to head an independent investigations into the LNDD lab’s findings, it was determined that the analysis of the urine samples were conducted improperly and that they “did not satisfy any standard for doping control testing.”

 Vrijman’s report went on to state that handling and testing of the samples fell so far short of scientific standards, and that “the process that generated those results and the subsequent reports was so deficient” that it was "completely irresponsible" to suggest that the results could "constitute evidence of anything,” and cleared Armstrong of any wrongdoing. 

909Jeff
909Jeff

LaMonde? 

Is that you? 

JR
JR

Hey "Guest", it sounds as if you are the one who can't handle the truth, or in this case the litany of facts and circumstances I presented. If you have anything to counter them feel free. Otherwise, mind your own business.

909Jeff
909Jeff

I'm just amused by people who convict Lance based on Hearsay... I think the guy has done enough in my opinion to deserve the benefit of the doubt. 

Guest
Guest

Jeff, don't waste your time. JR can't handle the truth. All you have to do is look at the othe cyclist who accuse Lance. Floyd? He is the biggest Dbag of them all. And, you are right about Tyler. He cheated, and STILL couldn't win.

909Jeff
909Jeff

Hey bottom line is facts are stubborn things and right now the  facts support Lance other wise he would be facing the same public shaming as Hamilton and Contador.  

JR
JR

Not quite sure how providing facts makes one a blowhard and pasting Lance fan-edited Wiki pages constitutes research but, whatever.

Why do I feel like there is no possibility Armstrong could ever be proven guilty in your eyes? That any test result, eye witness account, or video-taped evidence would mean zilch for one reason or another?

909Jeff
909Jeff

"Is pasting some fanboy's Wikipedia page supposed to convince me?"

Its apparent that there is no convincing you...

 I at least made a half assed attempt to do a little research.  You're just a blow-hard who keeps spouting off hearsay about a guy who is still a 7 time tour winner and is innocent until proven guilty.  

The court of public opinion don't mean shit!

 And Tyler Hamilton is still a whiny bitch! 

And Andy Schleck is going to win his FIRST tour this year with dignity and class!

JR
JR

Is pasting some fanboy's Wikipedia page supposed to convince me?

The backdated "saddle sore cream" note? The one that cyclists were only supposed to be able to use if they had a Therapeutic Use Exemption which Armstrong did not? I suppose Postal's soigneur from the time saying that the team planned the backdated prescription because they knew his steroid count was too high is lying for reasons only she knows.

The Dutch guy who said the tests weren't valid because they weren't done with Armstrong's consent? That's fine and dandy but it doesn't change the results of the test. They were either positive or negative, and in this case they were positive.

How about the Sports Illustrated investigation from last year that said at least three of LA's tests from the '90's came back positive for testosterone?

How about Armstrong's long-time relationship with Michelle Ferrari, Mr. 'doping is not a big deal' himself? And SI's report last year that the two were still meeting together as recently as 2010 even though Armstrong claimed he had ended all ties with Ferrari years prior?

The story of the Swiss lab bribe and the director of the lab saying Armstrong's 2001 results from the Tour of Switzerland were suspicious? More people out to get Lance, I'm sure.

All the former teammates who doped obviously did so by themselves. Lance was clean as can be while riders who were in his hotel and team bus filled themselves to the gills. Everyone was dirty on Armstrong's team except him, and those who have detailed knowledge of his use are just liars trying to get.....something.

He is just the unluckiest guy on the planet.

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