“The endemic nature of PED [performance-enhancing drug] use in cycling creates a possible inference that the Government was aware of the widespread use of PEDs,” Cooper wrote in his ruling, as reported by .
At 16, Lance Armstrong became a professional triathlete and became national sprint-course triathlon champion in 19 at 18 and 19, respectively.
He won the Clásica de San Sebastián in 1995, followed by an overall victory in the penultimate Tour Du Pont and a handful of stage victories in Europe, including the stage to Limoges in the Tour de France, three days after the death of his teammate Fabio Casartelli, who crashed on the descent of the Col de Portet d'Aspet on the 15th stage. He became the first American to win the La Flèche Wallonne and again won the Tour Du Pont.
However, he was able to compete for only five days in the Tour de France.
He collected the Thrift Drug Triple Crown of Cycling: the Thrift Drug Classic in Pittsburgh, the K-Mart West Virginia Classic, and the Core States USPRO national championship in Philadelphia.
He is alleged by another cyclist competing in the Core States Road Race to have bribed that cyclist so that he would not compete with Armstrong for the win.
Lance Armstrong will be allowed to use the widespread use of performance enhancing drugs in professional cycling in the 1990s and 2000s as evidence in his defence in a 0 million lawsuit being brought against him by the US federal government.