In the lawsuit against Lance Armstrong, the US Goverment claims the Texan is still lying - pointing out his attempted cover-up of a car crash

Lance Armstrong cheated his way to seven Tour de France wins and apologised, but the United States government, in an ongoing court case worth $100m, says that he is still lying.

The 44-year-old Texan is defending himself against the federal government, who is suing on the behalf of former team-mate Floyd Landis. Landis showed how taxpayers were cheated via the US Postal Service’s sponsorship of Armstrong’s team from 1996 to 2004.

In his defence, according to a USA Today article, Armstrong said that he is a changed man.

“I’m thankful and grateful that most of them… almost all of them have accepted the apology,” he said when questioned last by the US Justice Department. “So, no, I do not conduct myself that way anymore, but, you know, it took this to teach me that lesson.”

The government, however, gave evidence to show that Armstrong still conducts himself the same and that lessons were not learned.

It pointed to an incident last winter when Armstrong driving an SUV hit two parked cars and left the scene. He initially lied to police by letting girlfriend Anna Hansen take the blame. In an official report, Hansen told police she had driven home from a party because “Lance had a little bit to drink so I was driving.”

“His credibility is a central issue,” the government said in court documents filed on Monday.

“The events surrounding Armstrong’s decision to suborn false statements to the Aspen Police undermine his claim that his propensity for deception was limited in time to the period before his doping was exposed.”

A clip from the Lance Armstrong biopic, The Program

The US Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) showed in its 2012 ruling that Armstrong doped with testosterone, EPO and blood transfusions – and lied and asked others to lie for him – for the majority of his career. It stripped him of his wins, including the Tour.

Armstrong admitted he doped in a televised interview with Oprah Winfrey in January 2013 and said so at other times since. The USADA ruling led to Armstrong losing millions in lawsuits, including the £6.5m SCA Promotions case.

“I felt an obligation to protect the team and my foundation and the sport of cycling and my family, etc., etc., etc,” Armstrong said.

“But…to take those steps and actions even farther, to – you know , to criticise people, to call people liars, to attack people, quote, unquote, was totally dishonourable. And I have done everything I can do to make it right with those people, and that means travelling the world and sitting with them and meeting with them and apologising to them.”

According to the government, however, Armstrong is the same as the days when he ruled cycling.

  • FPCyclist

    Except that all of you LA apologists forget how horribly he treated people. Suing Emma O’Reilly through his scumbag lawyers for more than she was worth? Horrible things said about David Walsh’s deceased son? Pushing the highly talented Bassons out of his sport and job? Spreading lies about the Andreus and Lemonds? Surrounding himself with slugs like Hincapie and Bruyneel and the rest who actively and passively encouraged his brutish behavior? How naive, stupid, and ignorant are you people? He ran an organized crime gang that bullied and threatened honest people and transported massive amounts of drugs across international borders and lied repeatedly under oath. Now, please explain to those of us with the ability to think, what was so great about this punk? We cannot fathom your so-called thinking

  • FPCyclist

    Agreed. He’s a sociopath and a nutter. Ask Bassons and the rest about him.

  • Roland Lawrence

    The US takes away consistently more then anyone else. The 2012 games thats 46 golds and for Jamaica 4 golds. But yeh totally agreed, if the Jamaicans won even 1 medal they must have been cheating. As Ben Johnson once said you cant beat someone who’s using steroids unless you do too.

  • jasjaz

    The post pointed to a changed man….as in sorry for what he had done….I pounted to evidence that he had not.

  • bob21112

    Every dime he made was the result of a lie and the only reason Nike and Trek any money was because of that lie. So be it. He lied to everybody including the cancer victims and survivors, whom you think he really cared about. All that time and “money” he gave? Look where that got him. There’s a reason he’s no longer with Livestrong. Only a deceived person would have any respect for the fraud.

  • Edward M.

    Ummm…. the US has the most advanced program in the world for it’s athletes? Tell that to the Jamaican track and field team.

  • Edward M.

    Fraudulently acqired dollars? So that wasn’t Lance putting Trek bicycles sales through the roof? Maybe that wasn’t really him selling boatloads of Nike gear? Heck, he probably wasn’t even on that bicycle turning those pedals against all of those poor guys racing on bread and water. You’re naiveté when it comes to the realities of the sporting and business world must be bliss. And I wasn’t debating survivorship vs. cure, but simply that the time and money that man has given to that foundation and disease would shame the combined charitable efforts of most critics.

  • bob21112

    Read my post again Edward and pay particular attention to the second sentence. Sure Lance gave several million of his fraudulently acquired money – money that was effectively stolen. As far as Livestrong is concerned, relative to the amount of money they raised in their good days, they, in fact, have “done very little” in terms of money spent on cancer “research”. It’s pretty obvious that Livestrong’s primary objective was cancer survivorship, NOT finding a cancer cure. There’s no money in that.

  • Roland Lawrence

    awwww poor boy. Still though, I bet the US authorities fully knew what he was up to and doing so its a bit of the kettle calling the pot black. Seeing that the US have the most advanced doping programme in the world for their athletes saying they had no idea sounds more fishy then the “i won them 7 titles dope free”

  • BicycleAdventurers

    So he can compete in the master’s league? The guy has no pro-career left, as his best years are behind him. The young guns like Chris Froome and Nairo Quintana will eat him for breakfast. At best he can still do Ironman’s and triathlons and jog really well.

  • Edward M.

    Sooo, in your world, donating millions of your own dollars to a charitable foundation is “doing very little”? I wish I had your type of money.

  • Edward M.

    So that means what exactly? Why is it that he has to be a “changed man”? This all occurred years ago. It’s pretty simple. Did he defraud the USPS out of sponsorship dollars? Or did they have a net gain from the sponsorship? That question is fairly easily answered.

  • Edward M.

    Exactly. Landis and the others had no problem with any of it while they rode the Lance Armstrong gravy train. But when they had to do it themselves and failed suddenly everything was all Lance’s fault. This just echoes the state of America in the current time. Everyone wants to be a victim.

  • Edward M.

    “Taxpayers” were never cheated. The United States Postal Service is an independent entity that generates it’s own operating expenses through it’s business sales. Is it really that hard to get things like this correct?

  • jasjaz

    Unfortunately remorse, shame, restitution are yet to enter Lance’s skillset. Sorrow…as far as being being caught…definitely yes. His recent driving incident does not reflect a changed open man…

  • Danny Walmsley

    YES HE DID!!

  • bob21112

    Check your facts. Lance has done very little for cancer “research”. Livestrong was all about awareness. You know, raising half a billion to let people know they have cancer. Livestrong did some good, but Lance was the primary beneficiary.

  • elan

    Let Lance back into cycling,He has served his time like the rest,and we all know who they are.Dont blame cyclings problems on him,and he has done good for cancer research.

  • Bob

    Its not fashionable and likely very wrong but TBH I liked Lance and still do to a point even though I know of the disservice he’s done cycling and how he’s set the cause back years, but he wasn’t the first and wont be the last, and has carried his share of blame more than anyone else because of his success, but many of us enjoyed watching the tour with him in it at the time, all his sponsors made money off the back of the success that cant be given back, and he also did a great deal of good with Livestrong that he probably never would had he been clean. I reckon he must feel sad and ashamed each day and would do things different if he could turn the clock back as we all would, so IMHO now’s the time to leave all this behind and not reward rats like Landis crying the poor tale to line his own pockets when he was at it as well – GL

  • Stevo

    Armstrong didn’t ever “rule” cycling.

  • Del_Varner

    Lance the Doper will never change his spots.