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Lance Armstrong Banned From Charity Ride

Thursday, 23 Oct 2014 04:49 PM

 Lance Armstrong is barred by the terms of a life ban for doping from participating in a charity bike ride this weekend that would have reunited him with former U.S. Postal Service teammates, USA Cycling ruled.

Armstrong can’t take part in the third annual Gran Fondo Hincapie in Greenville, South Carolina, on Oct. 26 because it constitutes an authorized activity by USA Cycling, the organization said in an e-mailed statement.

Armstrong, 43, was banned for life after the U.S. Anti- Doping Agency published a 1,000-page report that said he engaged in serial cheating during his career through drug use. The World Anti-Doping Agency’s Code says a banned athlete can’t compete in an authorized competition or activity in “any capacity” during a period of ineligibility.

“Under these provisions, an athlete’s suspension bars participation in an authorized activity such as this,” USA Cycling said in a statement. “The UCI (International Cycling Union) has confirmed USA Cycling’s interpretation.”

If Armstrong rides, the UCI and USADA would determine whether he violated the terms of his suspension and assess any sanctions, USA Cycling said.

Armstrong’s lawyer, Mark Fabiani, didn’t immediately provide a comment from the cyclist in response to an e-mail request. Chris Lyman, a spokesman for the event, did not immediately return a call or e-mail seeking comment.

George Hincapie, Christian Vande Velde and Kevin Livingston are members of Armstrong’s 1999 Tour de France-winning USPS team who are taking part.

Hincapie, Vande Velde, Barry and Danielson were among 11 former teammates to testify about Armstrong’s drug use and their own as part of an investigation by USADA. In January 2013, Armstrong told U.S. talk show host Oprah Winfrey that he had cheated in all of his Tour de France wins from 1999-2005. He had been stripped of his seven titles three months earlier.

USA Cycling’s Gran Fondo Regulations say that participants must “agree to respect the regulations” of the UCI, the sport’s governing body, and USA Cycling.

Camp Wapiyapi

Hincapie has supported Armstrong’s involvement in Camp Wapiyapi, a dinner and charity ride to raise money to fight childhood cancer.

“I wanted to return the favor,” Armstrong told VeloNews on Oct. 21.

Last year’s event hosted military veterans from Operation Shift Gears and used proceeds to purchase more than 6,000 meals for the area’s Meals on Wheels chapter, Hincapie told VeloNews. Meals on Wheels is the main charity partner this year.

Former U.S. Postal Service/Discovery Channel team members Michael Barry and Tom Danielson will also be attending this weekend. About 1,500 riders are registered for the event.

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Lance Armstrong is barred by the terms of a life ban for doping from participating in a charity bike ride this weekend that would have reunited him with former U.S. Postal Service teammates, USA Cycling ruled.
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