Legal fall-out from Lance Armstrong's Doping


We delve into what was once a kind of secret society: the world of professional cycling. Lance Armstrong may have been stripped of his seven Tour de France titles, but there's now talk of lawsuits and more investigations. There's no finish line in sight for this story.

Legal fall-out from Lance Armstrong's Doping

We started this segment with a clip from 2009 when Lance Armstrong was returning to the world of professional cycling. The question was from Paul Kimmage, a journalist pursuing doping allegations.

Armstrong's cancer was in remission, and he had founded a highly regarded cancer charity. While many people wondered about doping, very few were asking about it. But Kimmage was a former racer himself and referred to Armstrong -- in print -- as a "cancer in cycling." Armstrong was indignant.

This morning, it would seem there are very few laps left in Lance Armstrong's race to disgrace. He's been found guilty of doping by the US Anti-Doping Agency and stripped of his seven Tour de France victories by the International Cycling Union. He's resigned as the head of his charity Livestrong and faces the likelihood of ongoing legal battles. Still, Armstrong maintains he never used performance enhancing drugs while in competition.

For more on the saga and what may come next, we were joined by Daniel Coyle.
He's the co-author of a new book called The Secret Race: Inside the Hidden World of the Tour de France: Doping, Cover-ups, and Winning at All Costs. It was written with cyclist Tyler Hamilton and was released last month. Daniel joined us from Cleveland, Ohio.

Legal fall-out from Lance Armstrong's Doping

So, advertisers who paid Armstrong to endorse their products did so because of his reputation as a fierce competitor and role model for young athletes hoping to benefit from some of the Armstrong magic.

Now that Armstrong is stripped of his Tour de France titles and banned from cycling for life, there is little magic left. And advertisers may want their money back.

Jaimie Fuller is the Chairman of Skins, an Australian company that makes cycling clothing. He wrote an open letter (PDF in article) to the head of the International Cycling Union calling for a broader investigation into doping in cycling. And he believes Lance Armstrong could be in for his roughest ride yet.

Michael Straubel is a law professor at Valparaiso University in Indiana, where he also runs a legal clinic for athletes.

Legal fall-out from Lance Armstrong's Doping

Lance Armstrong has stepped down as the Chairman of LiveStrong, the charity he founded that supports cancer survivors. He still sits on its board of directors. We asked Daniel Borochoff, from the American group Charity Watch, a nonprofit charity watchdog, what he thinks LiveStrong needs to do to secure its future.

This segment was produced by The Current's Idella Sturino, Gord Wesmacott, Ashley Walters and Jessica DeMello.

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