Stephen Swart: Lance Armstrong Was Ringleader in Encouraging Blood Doping

It’s one thing for Floyd Landis to accuse Lance Armstrong of PED use. Armstrong’s defense against allegations from Landis are simple: attack Floyd’s character and question his credibility given the man’s reputation as a self-admitted liar. But what happens when another cyclist makes the same accusations? Then you have to contemplate the truth of the matter, if you haven’t already.

SI has done some reporting regarding a federal grand jury inquiry about Armstrong. One of the strongest pieces of information they acquired came from New Zealand cyclist Stephen Swart, who rode with Armstrong on the Motorola team in 1995.

According to SI, Swart “describes the Texan as the driving force behind some of the team members deciding to use the banned blood booster EPO. “He was the instigator,” Swart tells SI. “It was his words that pushed us toward doing it.” This fits with what Landis had already said, that Armstrong encouraged the PED use on his teams.

Given what we know about cycling and the way so many of the champions and contenders get busted for PED use, it’s very similar to track and field. So many people are breaking the rules by using illegal substances that it’s almost impossible to compete without cheating. I’m in no way condoning cheating in cycling but merely pointing out the likelihood that most athletes competing in the sport have used PEDs. In Armstrong’s case, the evidence is mounting against his public reputation as a clean athlete.

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  • Anonymous

    Evidence? What evidence? Show me a failed drug test. Those frenchies tested him daily, more than any other athlete ever. Nobody can be that lucky, or mask every test, every time over a decade. Until then, I don’t care what some disgruntled jealous rider has to say.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_ON2Q3PFLNA6D7X45KFWMIQOTVY Eric Z

    When you have a whole team of cheaters, you end up getting really good at it.

  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/HYAIW6YTXXOT6NQEKKDPXPXXVM kevin m

    My question is this a enemy of Armstrongs or does this guy have evidence; otherwise it just hearsay.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_HJP3IIZSU2A4N424Q5TCCXUHJQ David

    I guess you guys missed the memo where Lance has the best doctors in the world creating masking agents that are more advanced than the drug tests. That’s why money buys you.