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November 8, 2000 | From Wire Services
French police are investigating two-time Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong's U.S. Postal Service cycling team after receiving an anonymous letter alleging "suspicious practices" during this year's Tour de France, a prosecutor's office spokeswoman said. The Paris public prosecutor's office opened a preliminary inquiry Oct. 18 and asked the city's drug squad to investigate on Nov. 2, said Marie-Annick Darmaillac, a spokeswoman in the prosecutor's office.
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August 1, 2013 | By Kenneth Turan, Times Film Critic
"Rising From Ashes" gives you more than you expect. Its story line is as positive and affirmative as the title indicates, but it turns out there are dramas going on in this documentary that you wouldn't initially suspect. Directed by T.C. Johnston and filmed over more than six years, "Ashes" tells the wildly improbable story of the Rwandan National Cycling Team, a.k.a. Team Rwanda, and a devoted American coach who says "they're terrified of me, and I wouldn't have it any other way. " The ashes of the title refers to the 1994 genocide in this African country, when Rwandans murdered one another at a horrific rate: As many as 1 million were killed over a roughly three-month period, which worked out to one person killed every 10 seconds for 100 days.
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September 23, 2004 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Olympic cycling champion Tyler Hamilton was suspended Wednesday by his pro team, which threatened to fire him if he couldn't prove he was innocent of blood doping. Hamilton could also lose his time-trial gold medal from the Athens Games if backup tests confirm results from earlier tests at the Olympics and the Spanish Vuelta showing another person's blood in his system.
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July 10, 2012 | By Lance Pugmire
Two doctors and a team trainer with Lance Armstrong's cycling teams during his run of seven consecutive Tour de France titles received lifetime sports bans Tuesday from the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency for doping violations. Dr. Luis Garcia del Moral of Spain, Dr. Michele Ferrari of Italy and trainer Jose "Pepe" Marti of Spain all were found to have participated in what USADA describes as a "sophisticated, far-reaching doping conspiracy" with the U.S. Postal Service team. The three were not available for comment.
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March 27, 1989 | From Times wire services
Bonnie Blair, who won a gold medal in speed skating at the 1988 Olympics, said today she will compete for a cycling team that includes Olympic champions Mark Gorski and Connie Paraskevin Young. Blair will compete in the match sprint, the only women's event.
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August 2, 1989
Tour de France winner Greg LeMond wants to leave the Belgian ADR cycling team after receiving a "phenomenal" offer from the 7-Eleven team in the United States, his team director said Tuesday. Jose De Cauwer said LeMond wanted to break his contract--which does not expire until the end of next year--but ADR had yet to decide whether to allow him to quit. "If he desperately wants to go, there are two possibilities," De Cauwer said.
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August 20, 1989 | MIKE REILLEY, Times Staff Writer
Mark Hoffenberg can't help but feel just a little insecure when he dons his red, white and blue competition jersey this week at the U.S. Cycling Federation masters' national championships. Not with 100 of the best age-group cyclists in the nation chasing him. "I will be a heavily marked man," said Hoffenberg, the defending national champion in the 30-to-34-year-old age-group criterium. "I won't be able to hide in the back of the pack."
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October 4, 1987 | JULIE CART, Times Staff Writer
A visiting Soviet cycling team, hit by an earthquake and then a heat wave, seems to be handling it all well, judging by its powerful display in the USA/USSR Michelob Challenge team cycling event Saturday night before 3,500 overheated fans at the Olympic Velodrome at Cal State Dominguez Hills. The Soviet Union led unofficially, 48-37, after the first night of competition. It is the first time that the Soviets and the Americans have met in a team-scoring cycling event.
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February 4, 2012 | By Victoria Kim and Lance Pugmire, Los Angeles Times
Federal prosecutors announced Friday that they have closed a two-year inquiry without filing criminal charges in a case that sources said related to doping allegations involving seven-time Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong and his cycling team. Although the grand jury investigation was confidential, details about various former teammates and associates who were subpoenaed to testify about alleged use of banned substances were widely reported in the media. Armstrong's team received sponsorship from the U.S. Postal Service.
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June 29, 2008 | From the Associated Press
Jonathan Vaughters is a fairly sophisticated fellow -- the kind of guy who can drop phrases such as "interpretive parallel" into casual conversation. Perhaps that's to be expected from a Colorado kid who spent his 20s racing bicycles in Europe and now holds the haughty title of director sportif for a cycling team. But when asked to describe his team's anti-doping philosophy, Vaughters sees no need to complicate things. "I don't know," Vaughters said. "To not dope?" Given cycling's recent string of scandals, that qualifies as a revolutionary approach.
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June 15, 2012 | By Diane Pucin
Kristin Armstrong was blazing fast when she won the Amgen Tour of California women's time trial last month in Bakersfield. She was, as Phil Keoghan, host of Amazing Race and owner of a women's cycling team, said, "racing a different race. " And less than two weeks later, while competing in a stage race in her hometown of Boise, Armstrong, 38, took a hard fall and broke her right collarbone. For a moment, Armstrong thought her third chance at the Olympics was over. She won a gold in the time trial four years ago in Beijing.
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May 20, 2012 | By Diane Pucin
Robert Gesink, a Dutchman who rides for the Rabobank team, won the Amgen Tour of California on Sunday, confirming his place on top that he had earned by climbing fast up Mt. Baldy on Saturday. The win was emotional for the 25-year-old, who grew up on a farm and learned to love cycling from his father, Dick, who was killed in a mountain bike crash two years ago. Father and son loved coming to California, Gesink said. Peter Sagan of Slovakia, who rides for the Italian-based Liquigas-Cannondale team, won his fifth stage of the eight-stage race Sunday, edging out crowd favorite Tom Boonen, the big Belgian sprint specialist who rides for the Omega Pharma-Quick-Step cycling team, for the win in the 42.6-mile road race between Beverly Hills and L.A. Live on Sunday.
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May 17, 2012 | By Diane Pucin
Phil Keoghan, the Emmy-winning host of the reality show "The Amazing Race," is also a fan of cycling. He is such a big fan that he is now a sponsor for a women's cycling team, NOW and Novartis for MS, based in Santa Monica. On Friday, Alison Powers, a 33-year-old American riding for Keoghan's team, finished second in the Amgen Tour of California women's time trial in Bakersfield. Powers was behind only Kristin Armstrong, the defending Olympic gold medalist in the road racing event.
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February 4, 2012 | By Victoria Kim and Lance Pugmire, Los Angeles Times
Federal prosecutors announced Friday that they have closed a two-year inquiry without filing criminal charges in a case that sources said related to doping allegations involving seven-time Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong and his cycling team. Although the grand jury investigation was confidential, details about various former teammates and associates who were subpoenaed to testify about alleged use of banned substances were widely reported in the media. Armstrong's team received sponsorship from the U.S. Postal Service.
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January 25, 2012 | By Kevin Baxter
Eighth in a series of occasional stories. As soon as Dotsie Bausch opens the door to the main building at the Irvine Animal Care Center, Mandy and Brandy, a pair of excitable miniature pinschers, begin leaping excitedly against the vertical steel bars at the front of their cage. "They are so wildly energetic," Bausch says of the adorable - and soon-to-be adopted - brown and black siblings. "These two really need a lot of exercise to drain them so they can be calm when people come to look at them.
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August 27, 2011 | By Kevin Baxter
Every family has its daily rituals. Loretta Butler's involves dragging a lawn chair onto the yellowed grass in the backyard of her Gardena home and watching daughter Patricia climb into a blue-gray plastic trash can filled with water and 28 pounds of ice. "For 15 minutes every day we just sit and talk about nothing," she says. "There's nothing that means more than that to me. " It's a good thing she values the visits because Butler, an unemployed waitress, has been paying as much as $600 a week for the privilege.
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January 25, 2012 | By Kevin Baxter
Eighth in a series of occasional stories. As soon as Dotsie Bausch opens the door to the main building at the Irvine Animal Care Center, Mandy and Brandy, a pair of excitable miniature pinschers, begin leaping excitedly against the vertical steel bars at the front of their cage. "They are so wildly energetic," Bausch says of the adorable - and soon-to-be adopted - brown and black siblings. "These two really need a lot of exercise to drain them so they can be calm when people come to look at them.
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June 15, 2012 | By Diane Pucin
Kristin Armstrong was blazing fast when she won the Amgen Tour of California women's time trial last month in Bakersfield. She was, as Phil Keoghan, host of Amazing Race and owner of a women's cycling team, said, "racing a different race. " And less than two weeks later, while competing in a stage race in her hometown of Boise, Armstrong, 38, took a hard fall and broke her right collarbone. For a moment, Armstrong thought her third chance at the Olympics was over. She won a gold in the time trial four years ago in Beijing.
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July 9, 2011 | By Valerie J. Nelson, Los Angeles Times
Mark Whitehead, a member of the U.S. track cycling team that participated in blood doping during the 1984 Summer Olympics, creating a scandal that led to the practice being banned from the sport, has died. He was 50. Whitehead died in Frisco, Texas, while attending the USA Cycling Junior Track National Championships, USA Cycling announced Wednesday . The organization said no further details were available. His 20 national championships included the team pursuit in 1984, which contributed to his being chosen for the U.S. squad that competed in the Los Angeles Games, the cycling website VeloNews reported . Encouraged by their coach — and less than a week before the Olympics — Whitehead and seven other members of the U.S. cycling team took "advantage of the dubious practice called blood boosting," David Wallechinsky wrote in "The Complete Book of the Olympics.
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May 18, 2011 | By Diane Pucin
Reporting from Stateline, Nev. — When he was 10 years old, Phil Southerland figured out that riding his bike a little longer, pushing himself just a little further, allowed him to eat a candy bar or a piece of cake. It was a wonderful revelation for a kid whose life was otherwise defined by numbers and calculations, by daily injections of insulin and constant monitoring of his physical chemistry. When he got on his bike and just rode, Southerland earned two things: freedom and treats.
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