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SI's Summary Of Depositions (LA Doping)

SI's Summary Of Depositions (LA Doping)

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Article was published in SI.com shortly before the release of "Lance to Landis".

Lance denies more doping allegations.

By Austin Murphy, June 2007
Article was published in SI.com shortly before the release of "Lance to Landis".

Lance denies more doping allegations.

By Austin Murphy, June 2007

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Lance denies more doping allegations
Armstrong contends he's clean on eve of newbook 
Posted: Saturday June 16, 2007 2:08PM; Updated: Saturday June 16, 2007 5:18PMBy Austin Murphy, SI.comAlready battered by doping allegations, cyclingstands to absorb another big blow next week with the publication of the latest book by Irishinvestigative journalist
David Walsh
. Twoweeks before the start of the 2007 Tour deFrance, Random House will release
 From Lance To Landis
, a follow-up of Walsh's 2004 book 
 L.A. Confidentiel: Les Secrets de Lancermstrong 
, which contained allegations that theseven-time Tour winner doped, but was never  published in English. This latest book will bewidely released in the U.S., and could further undermine Armstrong's contention that he wasa clean champion.In an exclusive interview with
Sports Illustrated 
last week, Armstrong once againvehemently denied that he ever used performance-enhancing drugs. Over the pastfew months SI has examined documents from alawsuit Armstrong filed against SCAPromotions, a company that covers large prizesand bonuses, for balking at paying him a $5million bonus for winning his sixth straightTour de France in 2004. (SCA, which said itwanted to investigate the doping allegations, settled the case, paying the original $5 million, plus$2.5 million in damages.)In addition to pouring over depositions from the case, SI recently spent time with Armstrong'sformer friend and teammate
Frankie Andreu
and his wife,
Betsy
, who have recounted some of 
 
the most serious allegations they have recently leveled against Armstrong.Their most explosive claim involves an incident in a hospital conference room 11 years ago. Intheir respective depositions, both Betsy and Frankie testified (and later explained in detail to SI)that they witnessed Armstrong admit to doctors that he used five performance-enhancing drugs before he underwent cancer treatment in 1996.On Oct. 27, 1996, the Andreus were among a half dozen of Armstrong's closest friends in aconference room at the Indiana University Hospital as doctors entered to ask important questionsabout the 25-year-old Armstrong's medical history. Betsy's inclination was to leave."Honestly, for me," she told SI, "it was more of a privacy thing, like talking to your doctor abouthemorrhoids or something. I said, 'Frankie, let's go.' But Lance said, 'That's okay.'"Everyone in the room stayed and, according to the Andreus, it was only after that exchange thatthe doctors began their inquires, leading up to
the
question: Have you ever taken performance-enhancing drugs?"He was sitting down, holding onto his IV [stand] with his left hand," says Betsy Andreu, "andthey asked him the question."
She says Armstrong looked straight down while ticking off five drugs: EPO, growthhormone, cortisone, steroids and testosterone.
"Once they asked that question and he came out with that answer, I was like, Oh, s---," saysFrankie Andreu. "Because I knew what [Betsy] was hearing. I was thinking, Oh my God, the s------ going to hit the fan."When asked about the story, Armstrong says that the Andreus recollections are "one hundred percent" fabricated. (No one else in the room has confirmed the Andreu's account.)Frankie and Lance had been good friends since the early 1990s, when they were teammates onMotorola. After Armstrong's recovery, he and then-wife
Kristin
often dined with the Andreus.The Andreus say they didn't want to testify in the SCA case. They refused to obey a subpoenaissued by a Texas court, claiming it lacked jurisdiction. SCA promptly obtained an "ex parte"order, and had the subpoena issued in Michigan, where the Andreus live. "We went in anddecided not to lie," Frankie told SI, "and all hell broke loose."Asked what Andreu had to gain from lying, Armstrong claims that Betsy is motivated by"bitterness, jealousy and hatred." Members of Armstrong's inner circle point to a section of Betsy's testimony in the SCA case where, they contend, she expressed her "hatred" for him.Armstrong's attorney
Tim Herman
noted, in his cross examination of Betsy, that "one of thenotes you provided to us had a notation on it by you, 'Why do I hate Lance?' Correct?"Andreu explained that she was "going through some of the questions I believe you're going to
 
ask me, and one of them is: 'Why do I hate Lance?' That's what it is. It's not me asking myself out loud 'Why do I hate Lance?' That's not what it is.""Well," Herman replied, "there's a difference between 'Why do I hate Lance?' and 'Do I hateLance?' You obviously hate Lance."And so Team Armstrong has contended, ever since."That's the reason to fabricate the hospital visit," Armstrong told SI. "I don't hate anybody. That'snot the way I roll."What about Frankie? "He would lie, because he has to support her in some way," Armstrongsaid.The depositions dredge up more than just that single disputed incident. To wit:• Betsy Andreu testified that she and Frankie were passengers in Armstrong's car when he pulledoff the highway outside Milano in March 1999, so he could spend an hour in a van with
MicheleFerrari
, the notorious Italian doctor who once said, "EPO is not dangerous, it's the abuse that is.It's also dangerous to drink 10 liters of orange juice." (Armstrong says without apology that heconsulted with Ferrari for years for advice on training, cadence and nutrition.)• Three-time Tour winner 
Greg Lemond
, now a bitter enemy of Armstrong's, testified that hehad a 2000 conversation with former U.S. Postal mechanic
Julian DeVries
, who told him abouta three-week training camp in the Pyrenees where "the moment the riders were off their bikesthey were on IVs," experimenting with a drug that is undetectable and out of their system in 48hours.• According to the deposition transcripts, Lemond says that there was a "panic" in the U.S. Postalcamp as team officials scrambled to get a backdated prescription after Armstrong tested positivefor cortisone in the '99 Tour. (DeVries, under oath in the deposition, denies ever saying this.Armstrong contends he tested positive for the active ingredient "in a chamois cream, and theactual concentration in the urine was a thousandth of a percent -- something totally in line with acream.")• Lemond also testified that he spoke on the phone after the '01 Tour with an angry Armstrong,who asked him,
"You're telling me you never did EPO? Everybody does EPO."
 
Armstrong forcefully denies all these claims. "Say you cheated in '99, and got away with one,"he told SI last week. "Remember, in 2000 there was not a test for EPO, and we clobberedeverybody. Some would say the entire field was on EPO. But only one athlete, and only oneteam, was federally investigated in France, had all their samples confiscated and got them tested, by three separate laboratories. So, in 2001, you're saying to yourself, I'm not taking that chanceagain."Then how was it, in 2001, that I went faster? And in 2002 faster still. [2003] was a bad year, but

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