Product Recall: Eecycleworks Recalls Bicycle Brakes Due to Fall Hazard

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with the firm named below, today announced a voluntary recall of the following consumer product. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed. It is illegal to resell or attempt to resell a recalled consumer product.

Name of Product: Bicycle brakes

Units: About 400

Distributor: eecycleworks LLC of La Cañada, Calif.

Hazard: The bridge of the brakes can crack, posing a fall hazard to riders.

Incidents/Injuries: The firm has received two reports of brakes cracking, one of which resulted in scrapes and bruises.

Description: This recall involves “eebrake” model aftermarket brakes sold between September, 2008 and March, 2011 for use on adult road racing bicycles. The recalled models have both a white “ee” logo on the front of the brakes and a five-digit serial number beginning with either “80xxx” or “09xxx” engraved on either the front or the back of the strut portion of the brake.

Sold at: Specialty bicycle retailers nationwide and eecycleworks.com from September 2008 through March 2011 for between $570 and $590.

Manufactured in: United States

Remedy: Consumers should immediately stop riding bicycles with the recalled brakes and contact eecycleworks or the retailer where they purchased the brakes for a free replacement bridge.

Consumer Contact: For additional information, please contact eecycleworks toll-free at (855) 838-6924 between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, or visit the firm’s website at http://www.eecycleworks.com

To see this recall on CPSC’s web site, including a picture of the recalled product, please go to: http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml12/12257.html

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Don’t cry for me: Lance on his bike as storm swirls

ASPEN, Colorado: Lance Armstrong says he is more at peace now than he has been in a decade.

In his first interview since the US Anti-Doping Agency hit him with a lifetime ban from professional cycling and stripped him of his seven Tour de France titles, Armstrong said: ”Nobody needs to cry for me. I’m going to be great.”

Armstrong was speaking after being beaten by 16-year-old Keegan Swirbul at the Power of Four mountain bike race in Aspen, Colorado, on Saturday. Shortly after crossing the finish line and skidding to a stop, Armstrong chatted for a few minutes before saying: ”OK, I’m going to go eat a cheeseburger.”

jkBack in the saddle … Lance Armstrong competes in the Power of Four race in Colorado on Saturday. Photo: AP

He was back in his element in Colorado: on a bike and in a race. A day earlier, USADA had proclaimed that the now retired Armstrong would be banned for life from cycling’s elite professional events and his seven Tour de France titles expunged from his career record because of his ”numerous anti-doping rule violations, including his involvement in trafficking and administering doping products to others”.

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USADA said Armstrong would forfeit all titles, medals and prizes earned from August 1, 1998, which means he also stands to lose the Olympic bronze medal he won in Sydney in 2000.

The International Cycling Union (UCI) and Tour de France organisers are yet to comment officially, but USADA made it clear it believes they must honour its findings under the World Anti-Doping Code.

.Support … a young fan makes his feelings known at the event. Photo: Getty Images

”Because Mr Armstrong could have had a hearing before neutral arbitrators to contest USADA’s evidence and sanction, and he voluntarily chose not to do so, USADA’s sanction is final,” the agency’s statement said.

Armstrong, whose cycling exploits following his recovery from cancer were an inspiration for millions of people, has vehemently denied the doping accusations that have swirled around him throughout his career.

Many fans leapt to his defence on Friday, not necessarily to protest his innocence but to laud his efforts in fund-raising for cancer awareness and his support of those touched by the disease. The Lance Armstrong Foundation, launched in 1997, has raised almost $US500 million – and donations through its Livestrong website were up on Friday, foundation chief executive Doug Ulman said.

Sponsors also expressed support, with firms such as Nike and brewer Anheuser-Busch saying they would continue their relationships with Armstrong and his foundation.

Armstrong himself looked relaxed as he set off with the rest of the weekend warriors for Saturday’s race in the Colorado mountains.

Known as a fierce fighter on the bike and off, he surprised many on Thursday night when he said he would not seek to clear himself of USADA’s charges.

Instead, Armstrong repeated his view that the arbitration process was loaded in favour of USADA, an agency on a ”witch-hunt” against him.

Meanwhile, cycling legend Miguel Indurain said Armstrong should keep his seven Tour de France titles until drug charges were proved by a single authority recognised by everyone in the sport. ”Until an organisation recognised by all decides to the contrary, the Tour victories are his,” he said.

Indurain, who won five straight Tours from 1991-95, said there were too many national and international bodies with differing interests in the fight against doping. He also called USADA’s case against Armstrong ”strange”, claiming its pursuit was ”without scruples”.

The Spaniard, writing in Saturday’s Marca newspaper, said he wasn’t surprised Armstrong chose not to contest the charges.

New Tour De France winners 1999 – 2005, after Lance Armstrong stripped his 7 titles

The 2003 Tour de France on Alpe d'Huez, with L...

The 2003 Tour de France on Alpe d’Huez, with Lance Armstrong, Tyler Hamilton, Ivan Basso, Haimar Zubeldia, Joseba Beloki and Roberto Laiseka. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

These  cyclists finished second to Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong during Armstrong’s seven consecutive victories and are in position now to move to the top spot, after the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency said Thursday night it will strip Lance Armstrong of his unprecedented seven Tour de France titles:

1999: Alex Zulle, Switzerland

2000: Jan Ullrich, Germany

2001: Jan Ullrich, Germany

2002: Joseba Beloki, Spain

2003: Jan Ullrich, Germany

2004: Andreas Kloden, Germany

2005: Ivan Basso, Italy

Let’s assume Lance Armstrong is guilty. What about those runner ups?

Alex Zulle, Switzerland. His 1998 team, Festina, was ousted from the Tour that year in connection with the widespread use of the performance-enhancing drug EPO. Zulle later admitted to using the blood-booster over the four previous years. The Festina affair nearly derailed the 1998 Tour, and is widely seen as the first big doping scandal to jolt cycling.

Jan Ulrich was suspended for two years for a doping violation related to a Spanish police investigation into an illegal performance-enhancing drug network and all his results after May 2006 were annulled.Ullrich was stripped of his third-place finish from the 2005 Tour and retired from racing two years later. Earlier this year, he confirmed that he had had contact with Eufemiano Fuentes, a Spanish doctor at the centre of that scandal, calling it a “big mistake” — but did not admit to doping.

Joseba Beloki, Spain. Implicated in Operation Puerto, he retired in 2007. He was reportedly was cleared by a Spanish court of any involvement in the case.

Ivan Basso, Italy. Excluded from the 2006 Tour because of his involvement in Operation Puerto. He claimed that he gave his blood to Fuentes — the Spanish doctor at the centre of that scandal — but never used it. Later that year, Basso received a two-year doping ban; he later returned, and won his second Giro d’Italia in 2010.

Andreas Kloeden has also been accused of doping in 2009 by experts tasked by the University of Freiburg to probe the work of two doctors in charge of medical support for the T-Mobile team in 2006.

Lance Armstrong won’t fight USADA charges

From Foxsports

Lance Armstrong said Thursday night he is finished fighting a barrage of drug charges from the US Anti-Doping Agency, putting his unprecedented string of seven Tour de France titles at risk along with his legacy as one of the greatest cyclists in history.

The decision sets up a likely lifetime ban from the sport and the possibility that Armstrong will be stripped of his signature achievement — the extraordinary run of Tour titles he won from 1999-2005.

Armstrong, who retired last year, declined to enter arbitration — his last option — because he said he was weary of fighting accusations that have dogged him for years. He has consistently pointed to the hundreds of drug tests that he has passed as proof of his innocence.

”There comes a point in every man’s life when he has to say, ”Enough is enough.” For me, that time is now,” Armstrong said in a statement sent to The Associated Press. He called the USADA investigation an ”unconstitutional witch hunt.”

”I have been dealing with claims that I cheated and had an unfair advantage in winning my seven Tours since 1999,” he said. ”The toll this has taken on my family and my work for our foundation and on me leads me to where I am today — finished with this nonsense.”

USADA will almost certainly treat Armstrong’s decision as an admission of guilt, and hang the label of drug cheat on an athlete who was a hero to thousands for overcoming life-threatening testicular cancer and for his foundation’s support for cancer research.

The agency can impose a lifetime ban and recommend Armstrong be stripped of his titles. That would put the question in the hands of the International Cycling Union, which has disputed USADA’s authority to pursue the investigation and Tour de France officials, who have had a prickly relationship with Armstrong over the years.

Armstrong insisted his decision is not an admission of drug use, but a refusal to enter an arbitration process he believes is improper and unfair to athletes facing charges.

”USADA cannot assert control of a professional international sport and attempt to strip my seven Tour de France titles,” he said. ”I know who won those seven Tours, my teammates know who won those seven Tours, and everyone I competed against knows who won those seven Tours.”

USADA maintains that Armstrong has used banned substances as far back as 1996, including the blood-booster EPO and steroids as well as blood transfusions – all to boost his performance.

The 40-year-old Armstrong walked away from the sport in 2011 without being charged following a two-year federal criminal investigation into many of the same accusations he faces from USADA. The federal probe was closed in February, but USADA announced in June it had evidence Armstrong used banned substances and methods — and encouraged their use by teammates. The agency also said it had blood tests from 2009 and 2010 that were ”fully consistent” with blood doping.

Included in USADA’s evidence were emails written by Armstrong’s former US Postal Service teammate Floyd Landis, who was stripped of his 2006 Tour de France title after a positive drug test. Landis’ emails to a USA Cycling official detailed allegations of a complex doping program on the team.

USADA also said it had 10 former Armstrong teammates ready to testify against him. Other than suggesting they include Landis and Tyler Hamilton, both of whom have admitted to doping offenses, the agency has refused to say who they are or specifically what they would say.

”There is zero physical evidence to support (the) outlandish and heinous claims. The only physical evidence here is the hundreds of (doping) controls I have passed with flying colors,” Armstrong said.

Armstrong sued USADA in Austin, where he lives, in an attempt to block the case and was supported by the UCI, the sport’s governing body. A judge threw out the case on Monday, siding with USADA despite questioning the agency’s pursuit of Armstrong in his retirement.

”USADA’s conduct raises serious questions about whether its real interest in charging Armstrong is to combat doping, or if it is acting according to less noble motives,” such as politics or publicity, US District Judge Sam Sparks wrote.

Now the ultra-competitive Armstrong has done something virtually unthinkable for him: He has quit before a fight is over.

”Today I turn the page. I will no longer address this issue, regardless of the circumstances. I will commit myself to the work I began before ever winning a single Tour de France title: serving people and families affected by cancer, especially those in underserved communities,” Armstrong said.

Armstrong could have pressed his innocence in USADA’s arbitration process, but the cyclist has said he believes most people have already made up their minds about whether he’s a fraud or a persecuted hero.

It’s a stunning move for an athlete who built his reputation on not only beating cancer, but forcing himself through grueling offseason workouts no one else could match, then crushing his rivals in the Alps and the Pyrenees.

Although he had already been crowned a world champion and won individual stages at the Tour de France, Armstrong was still relatively unknown in the U.S. until he won the epic race for the first time in 1999. It was the ultimate comeback tale: When diagnosed with cancer, doctors had given him less than a 50 percent chance of survival before surgery and brutal cycles of chemotherapy saved his life.

Armstrong’s riveting victories, his work for cancer awareness and his gossip-page romances with rocker Sheryl Crow, fashion designer Tory Burch and actress Kate Hudson made him a figure who transcended sports.

His dominance of the Tour de France elevated the sport’s popularity in America to unprecedented levels. His story and success helped sell millions of the ”Livestrong” plastic yellow wrist bracelets, and enabled him to enlist lawmakers and global policymakers to promote cancer awareness and research. His Lance Armstrong Foundation has raised nearly $500 million since its founding in 1997.

Created in 2000, USADA is recognized by Congress as the official anti-doping agency for Olympic sports in the United States. Its investigators joined U.S. agents during the federal probe, and USADA chief executive Travis Tygart had dismissed Armstrong’s lawsuit as an attempt at ”concealing the truth.” He said the agency is motivated by one goal – exposing cheaters in sport.

Others close to Armstrong were caught up in the charges: Johan Bruyneel, the coach of Armstrong’s teams, and three members of the medical staff and a consultant were also charged. Bruyneel is taking his case to arbitration, while two medical team staffers and consulting doctor Michele Ferrari didn’t formally contest the charges and were issued lifetime ban by USADA. Ferrari later said he was innocent.

In a sport rife with cheaters, Armstrong has been under constant suspicion since the 1990s from those who refused to believe he was a clean rider winning cycling’s premier event against a field of doped-up competition.

He had tense public disputes with USADA, the World Anti-Doping Agency, some former teammates and assistants and even Greg LeMond, the first American to win the Tour de France.

Through it all, Armstrong vigorously denied any and all hints, rumors and direct accusations he was cheating. He had the blazing personality, celebrity and personal wealth needed to fight back with legal and public relations battles to clear his name – and he did, time after time.

Armstrong won his first Tour at a time when doping scandals had rocked the race. He was leading the race when a trace amount of a banned anti-inflammatory corticosteroid was found in his urine; cycling officials said he was authorized to use a small amount of a cream to treat saddle sores.

After Armstrong’s second victory in 2000, French judicial officials investigated his Postal Service team for drug use. That investigation ended with no charges, but the allegations kept coming.

Armstrong was criticized for his relationship with Ferrari, who was banned by Italian authorities over doping charges in 2002. Former personal and team assistants accused Armstrong of having steroids in an apartment in Spain and disposing of syringes that were used for injections.

In 2004, a Dallas-based promotions company initially refused to pay him a $5 million bonus for winning his sixth Tour de France because it wanted to investigate allegations raised by media in Europe. Testimony in that case included former teammate Frankie Andreu and his wife, Betsy, saying Armstrong told doctors during his 1996 cancer treatments that he had taken a cornucopia of steroids and performance-enhancing drugs.

Two books published in Europe, ”L.A. Confidential” and ”L.A. Official,” also raised doping allegations and, in 2005, French magazine L’Equipe reported that retested urine samples from the 1999 Tour showed EPO use.

Armstrong fought every accusation with denials and, in some cases, lawsuits against the European media outlets that reported them.

But he showed signs that he was tiring of the never-ending questions. Armstrong retired (for the first time) in 2005 and almost immediately considered a comeback before deciding to stay on the sidelines, in part, because he didn’t want to keep answering doping questions.

”I’m sick of this,” Armstrong said in 2005. ”Sitting here today, dealing with all this stuff again, knowing if I were to go back, there’s no way I could get a fair shake – on the roadside, in doping control, or the labs.”

But three years later, Armstrong was 36 and itching to ride again. He came back to finish third in the 2009 Tour de France.

Armstrong raced in the Tour again in 2010, under the cloud of the federal criminal investigation. Early last year, he quit the sport for good, but made a brief return as a triathlete until the USADA investigation shut him down.

During his sworn testimony in the dispute over the $5 million bonus, Armstrong said he wouldn’t take performance enhancing drugs because he had too much to lose.

”(The) faith of all the cancer survivors around the world. Everything I do off the bike would go away, too,” Armstrong said then. ”And don’t think for a second I don’t understand that. It’s not about money for me. Everything. It’s also about the faith that people have put in me over the years. So all of that would be erased.”

The Cuba Swim: From Dream to Reality

Amazing article by Diana Nyad and her last attempt to swim from Cuba to Florida
The disappointment of exiting the ocean yesterday, after 42 hours of once again attempting to swim from Cuba to Florida, weighs heavily on my heart.
The first go was 1978, as a prime-time athlete, age 28. Unpredicted fierce winds whipped up and blew us west.

Perhaps ironically, that time spent in water was 41 hours, 49 minutes. This time it was 41 hours, 45 minutes.

But yet again, alas, with two attempts last year in between, the Xtreme Dream was not to be. It’s a wild, wooly confluence of Mother Nature forces, these waters that stretch between Havana and Key West.

Enormous tropical squalls flare from seemingly nowhere, bringing in 35mph winds and fierce lightning bolts. Both Saturday and Sunday nights, we were engaged in what the official observer of our swim deemed “life threatening emergency.”

Large sharks parked under me for the entire second night. Our six shark divers spent every hour in the water, looking at pairs of eyes in every direction. Luke Tipple, one of today’s leading shark experts and shark conservationists, an Aussie who usually speaks with a soft and quiet voice, commanded me aggressively to swim very, very close to the boat.

The powerful Gulf Stream literally pulled our five large vessels completely off their compass points and we struggled for several early morning hours to right our course.

But beyond even those crises, it was the jellyfish — again — that brought us to our knees.

Last year, stung badly by the potentially deadly Box Jellies, the most venomous creature in all the oceans, I swore I just couldn’t give up, give in, without coming back with a solution to somehow making it through them.

I contacted the world’s leading authority on the Box, Dr. Angel Yanagihara of the Universty of Hawaii. Angel spent six months researching and developing a front of defenses to protect me. She developed a cream to spread across my hands and lips and nostrils, a sting stopper that would at least mitigate the effects. She helped the swim tech company FINIS fabricate a skin suit for me that wouldn’t cause too much drag but would not allow the tentacles to penetrate.

Our Xtreme Dream Team came into this year’s expedition as a world-class operation. As I look back today, there isn’t one minor aspect of our preparation that I would change. Our shark divers, our ops team chief Mark Sollinger, our navigator John Bartlett, our drivers keeping vigilant, our kayak shark team, our med team out of University of Miami, our social media team working around the clock to deliver the story, my personal handlers, headed by Bonnie Stoll, the individual any of you want in your corner as you face trying times.

Angel and her jellyfish protocols… All of it, all of it, was top-notch.

As I swam through the two fairly peaceful days, the azure of the Gulf Stream of oil canvas beauty, stroking happily with Beatles songs streaming in my head, I was so very proud to see the team, each of their groups falling in military precision into their positions. As shifts would change, kayaks would stream in and out next to me, boat drivers would take new positions at the wheel, shark divers would take their positions on the top deck, handlers would nestle into their station down near me. We were making progress.

The Box Jellies came out the first night. Nine stings. Just about every square inch of my body was covered with protective materials (even gloves and booties, which slow me down), but Bonnie and Angel quickly innovated even further. Bonnie cut lengths of duct tape for my ankles and wrists and another swatch to cover my nostrils. Angel prepared hot salves and tried to coat the stung areas to at least lessen the dire effects. And yet my lips, the only exposed area left, were repeatedly hit by the small wisps of these tentacles, no wider than a strand of human hair. The pain was searing. Then came the systemic effects. Chills all over. Tremors. Angel’s treatments kept the very worst, pulmonary distress, from happening. Bonnie’s duct tape coverage and my FINIS suit also reduced the effects. Nevertheless, I am going to admit to you right here and now that these animals are too much for me.

So what do I do now? Does my inner voice tell me that I have failed because I didn’t reach the other shore? I can recite a very long and impressive list of things I’ve learned, magnificent people I’ve collaborated with, strong qualities I’ve developed within myself over the course of pursuing this dream the past three years. Matter of fact, once rested, I’m going to explore that list, even if just for my own edification, to fully appreciate what going after this intensely ambitious dream brought me, and everybody involved. And many people tuning in from afar.

When we came to shore yesterday, every single crew member, 53 of them, came to me to say the mission changed their lives. We lived large out there. We lived large getting ready for it. No stone unturned. We were our best selves every waking minute of every day for three years. You just can’t look back at a period of unwavering commitment like this one with any regrets.

Many people who write me, friends and strangers alike, use the phrase “watching how you live your life has inspired me.” I myself need to remember this. There is no doubt that I would have been jubilant to touch that Florida shore, to have made history, to at long last lived out the vision I’ve had in my brain for so very long. Yet I’ve been living a grand life, driven by this very quest.

The age-old discussion of journey-versus-destination is most apt here. As my great writer friend Jane Anderson says it best: The journey is the destination.

Those Box Jellies aren’t going away in this area. They are proliferating. I can’t swim breaststroke with a bee bonnet around my head. I’d never make it. I need to have at least my mouth free. For all the other obstacles, I would go after it again. It’s not in my nature to admit that no matter how much will you summon, no matter how much courage you express, no matter how much intelligent and complex planning you do, no matter the excruciating long hours of training, no matter the dedicated and expert individuals you choose to help you, sometimes you just don’t arrive at your destination. And somehow you still have to find the pride and the joy in your journey.

That’s the road I’m walking today. Feeling that pride, that joy.

As I was swimming these hours Saturday into Monday, I was thinking about the Olympic athletes. So many epic moments. But the one that moved me most was Nathan Adrian’s interview after he won the 50-meter freestyle. He wasn’t favored. Not even for any color medal. But he said he stood on the blocks, looked down his lane and thought to himself: “I hear a lot about the pedigrees of Michael Phelps and Ryan Lochte and Mark Spitz. I’m not in their league. But for the next 50 seconds, this is MY TIME and I’m going to seize it.” And so he did.

So I was thinking, stroke by sometimes painful stroke, “This is MY TIME. I’m seizing it.”

I didn’t make it all the way. But I surely did seize the time. I couldn’t have done any of it a fingernail better.

And, to broaden out the concept of MY TIME, can’t we easily say that life is so damn precious, our short span on the Earth is for each of us Our Time.

Seize your days. All of them. Be bold. Don’t give in to fear. To paraphrase my favorite quote, by Mary Oliver: “So, what are you going to do with this one, wild and precious life of yours?”

Triathlon Swimming during Olympic Games

The men’s triathlon was an epic race, finally won by Alistair Brownlee with a stunning 29:07 10K run. But it all started with the fast swim.
An electric pace was set throughout the 1500m wetsuit swim by Richard Varga, exciting the water in 16:56 – a very fast split indeed, even at the very highest level of triathlon. Having someone pace things out so quickly at the front really strung out the field with numerous small clusters of swimmers forming rather than the massive packs often seen at world cup races. Watching the swim two things were immediately apparent. First, in stark contrast to many of the male swimmers in the pool, nearly all the triathletes were using markedly straight arm recoveries over the surface. This helped them clear the wake and disturbed water from other swimmers and also get closer to other swimmers around them, increasing the drafting benefit available to them. Opening out the elbow angle to create a straighter arm also reduces the fatigue on the shoulders that even the most flexible wetsuit can introduce if a classical high elbow technique is used.

 

 

Second, all of the athletes were turning their arms over very quickly, using a fast stroke rate in the 80-90 strokes per minute region.The benefit of this shorter stroke with lots of rhythm is that it reduces (or entirely removes) the gap between propulsive strokes underwater which means the swimmer can’t get stalled by waves or chop in the gap between strokes.

Quick Stats:
Gold: Alistair Brownlee: 89 SPM
Silver: Javier Gomez – 82 SPM
Bronze: Johnny Brownlee: 92 SPM

Tyler Hamilton To Be Stripped Of 2004 Athens Cycling Gold After Doping Admission

From Huffingtonpost

LONDON — The IOC is set to formally strip American cyclist Tyler Hamilton of his gold from the 2004 Athens Games and reassign the medals after his admission of doping, according to an Olympic official familiar with the case.

With the eight-year deadline approaching, the official told The Associated Press the IOC executive board will meet Friday to readjust the standings from the road race time trial and award the gold to retired Russian rider Viatcheslav Ekimov.

The official spoke on condition of anonymity because the decision hasn’t been announced yet.

After years of denials, Hamilton told CBS’s “60 Minutes” last year that he had repeatedly used performance-enhancing drugs. The IOC asked for documents from the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency before reallocating the medals.

The gold will now go to Ekimov, a former teammate of Hamilton and Lance Armstrong.

American Bobby Julich will be moved up from bronze to silver, and Michael Rogers of Australia from fourth to bronze.

The Russian Olympic Committee has repeatedly pressed for Ekimov to be upgraded to gold.

Ekimov already has two Olympic gold medals – the track team pursuit at the 1988 Seoul Games and the road time trial at the 2000 Sydney Olympics.

The Russians failed in a 2006 appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport to have Hamilton’s gold given to Ekimov.

 Ekimov rode with Armstrong on the U.S. Postal and Discovery Channel teams. He retired from cycling at the end of the 2006 season but remained in the sport as a director of the Discovery and RadioShack teams.

The case has gained urgency because the IOC’s eight-year statute of limitations runs out at the end of this month.

USADA said at the time of Hamilton’s doping admission that he had turned over his gold medal to the doping agency, but the IOC had not received it and the race result had not been officially overturned.

Before adjusting the results and reallocating the medals, the IOC wanted to be certain there was nothing in the U.S. investigation that implicated other riders or their coaches from the Athens cycling competition.

The IOC could have decided to disqualify Hamilton but not readjust the medals.

Hamilton had already come under investigation by the IOC during the Athens Games, when his initial doping sample indicated he had tested positive for a blood transfusion. The case was dropped after his backup “B” sample was mistakenly frozen and couldn’t be properly tested.

Hamilton tested positive a month later at the Spanish Vuelta. After serving a two-year suspension, he returned to cycling but tested positive again for a banned substance in 2009 and was banned for eight years.

Hamilton, who helped Armstrong win the Tour in 1999, 2000 and ’01, accused Armstrong in the CBS interview of doping. Armstrong has denied using performance-enhancing drugs.

USADA officials brought charges of doping against Armstrong in June, threatening to strip him of his Tour de France victories from 1999-2005. A federal grand jury investigation of the cyclist ended four months earlier without indictments.