Lance Armstrong continues playing games despite confessing to doping in an interview with Oprah Winfrey two weeks ago. His lawyer said that he refuses to cooperate with the US Anti-Doping Agency (USADA), which banned him for life last year.

“It is simply not possible,” his lawyer, Tim Herman told the Associated Press regarding USADA’s February 6 deadline to cooperate. Herman indicated Armstrong had other obligations and was unable to meet with USADA’s CEO, Travis Tygart.

Herman then went on the attack, presumably on Armstrong’s behalf.

“USADA has no authority to investigate, prosecute or otherwise involve itself with the other 95 per cent of cycling competitors,” Herman explained. “Thus, in order to achieve the goal of ‘cleaning up cycling,’ it must be WADA and the UCI who have overall authority to do so.”

The agency found Armstrong doped throughout his career in teams US Postal and Discovery Channel. According to blood values and other evidence, it said in its Reasoned Decision released on October 10 that he also doped during his comeback in teams Astana and RadioShack.

Armstrong admitted in Winfrey’s interview to using banned substances EPO, testosterone, cortisone and human growth hormone, and transfusing his blood. However, he said he that he did not dope during his return.

“The last time I crossed that line was 2005,” Armstrong said. Asked about using blood transfusions in 2009 and 2010, he replied, “Absolutely not.”

“[It’s] just contrary to the evidence,” Tygart told 60 Minutes in an interview that will air tomorrow in the USA.

Tygart added, referring to Armstrong’s blood values in that period, “[there’s a] one in a million chance that it was due to something other than doping.”

He said that Armstrong would lie because of the statute of limitations for criminal fraud. An admission, he added, would open him up to prosecution.

Tygart’s agency carried out such thorough work that it appears it remains enemy number one in Armstrong’s eyes.

Armstrong explained to Winfrey that he owes many people apologies and that he is paying the deserved penalty for lying and doping. According to Herman, however, he is too busy to sit down with USADA.

USADA offered a new deadline, February 6, for Armstrong to cooperate if he wants to reduce his lifetime ban. Armstrong, 41, told Winfrey that he would like to compete in sanctioned events like the Chicago Marathon when he turns 50.

“Mr Armstrong has already been provided well over a month since our meeting in December to consider whether he is going to be part of our ongoing efforts to clean up the sport of cycling,” Tygart told CNN. “Either way, USADA is moving forward with our investigation on behalf of clean athletes.”

In a twist, Herman explained that Armstrong would be willing to work with the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) and the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) if they formed a truth and reconciliation commission. On Friday, UCI President Pat McQuaid said he was willing to start a commission with WADA.

Armstrong is back in Hawaii with his family. Admitting doping was a big first step, but the facts about his cheating may not come for some time.

Related links

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The Lance Armstrong confession: Part two

Lance Armstrong opens up to Oprah: Part one

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US government set to join Armstrong whistleblower case

Lance Armstrong confesses to doping

  • Colnago dave

    For ” Not possible ” substitute the words NOT WILLING , I also see that that other major player Bruyneel is now not going to appear before the Belgian court as previously indicated. I wonder which phrase will describe his actions. Probably ” I’m not as bare faced a liar as Lance ” Certainly as previously pointed out for Lance it certainly is not his work commitments.
    Maybe both Johan and Lance have to sign on at their local labour exchange in order to get their Job Seeker Allowance on these dates.

  • Craig

    Too busy? I thought he was unemployed. 🙂

    He clearly doesn’t want to discuss anything with USADA, presumably because they’ve indicated that they want to interview him under oath. Much better for LA to give his side of the story in a low pressure environment such as the Oprah interview, where the interviewer has little knowledge of what he’s accused of and he’s free to lie with relative impunity and leave out some of the more unpleasant details, such as those that might leave him open to perjury charges.

    The sooner he fades away into obscurity to join Marion Jones, Ben Johnson et al the better. I have a feeling this is far from over though.

  • jimmy the fish

    Why don’t you tell a belter of a story regarding possible dubious substance usage to give us all a smile? We refer to the goings-on between 1957/60 at the Barmouth Week, the (as was) Tour of Britain and the IOM International. One of the two central characters was known as ‘Bill the Pill’ by the leading riders of the time………..Judging by the route of the Barmouth Week’s races, they needed a bit more than ‘Bill the Pill’s help

  • stepho

    Time for the man to be ignored if not forgotten, please.