Sports Illustrated is reporting new information being compiled by a federal grand jury who is looking into weather Lance Armstrong was involved in an organized doping operation while competing in the Tour de France from 1999 to 2004.

The grand jury has been hearing testimony from Armstrong’s teammates, associates, and confidants who characterize Armstrong as the force and figure who push fellow teammates to violate doping rules and the provider of those drugs.

The full details of the revelations will be available in the latest issue of SI due to hit the newstand this Wednesday…it will make for some interesting reading.  It will be of even further interest if the grand jury elects to prosecute Armstrong.

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According to the AP, Cyclist Floyd Landis has collected audio and video recordings for federal officials investigating doping in cycling.

Landis wore a concealed recorder and video camera duing a meeting last spring with designer and cycling team owner Michael Ball.  The information help Food and Drug Administration agents to obtain a search warrant for Ball’s apartment.

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The Italian Olympic Committie for cycling is going to attempt to ban the cyclist Lorenzo Bernucci, his wife, Valentia Borgioli, his brother, Alessio Bernucci, his mother, Antonella Rossi, and his father in law, Fabrizio Borgioli from cycling.  As all of them, according to the anti doping prosecutor are linked to blood doping.

This is further proof that the sport is attempting to clear it image.

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Andy Schleck after his tremendous ride in the Tour De France was booted off his Bjarne Riis team along with his teammate Stuart O’Grady from the Vuelta a Espana after the pair violated team rules by drinking alcohol after dinner.

Schleck in a statement, stated,

“I acknowledge that I have broken a rule on the team by going out for a drink after dinner and for that reason Bjarne has decided to send myself and Stuart O’Grady home.

“I’m responsible for my actions and even though I think it is too harsh a decision, I respect that Bjarne is the boss and he needs to do what he thinks is the best.

“I was getting back into shape and I would really have liked to stay at the Vuelta and help Frank and the rest of Team Saxo Bank.”

Neither Andy Schleck nor O’Grady was at the start of the tenth stage of the Vuelta a Espana on Tuesday in Tarragona.

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A former teammate of Lance Armstrong has backed up allegations that Lance Armstrong took part in and encourage teammates to dope.  The informant has spoken to the Federal prosecutor.

The cyclist has given detail into the widespread use of doping agent by members of Armstrong’s United States Postal Service team.

In May and during the Tour de France, ex-Armstrong teammate and admitted doper Floyd Landis claimed Armstrong and other team members used blood transfusions and performance-enhancing drugs. He claimed Armstrong encouraged doping and that the team sold racing bicycles to fund those activities.

Now prosecutors have two sources with knowledge of Armstrong’s alleged doping allegations.  The validity of these allegation could destroy Armstrong’s legacy in the sport of Cycling.

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The 2010 Tour De France was an amazing race between two elite bike rider this year.  The spinters had their days here and there but overall it was a race between Contador and Schleck.  It was disappointing to see Cantador take the yellow jersey away from Schleck based on a mechanical mishap but overall the race was excellent.

The scenery in high definition was also amazing. I can’t wait until next year.

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The sixth stage of the California Tour begins today with a ride from Palmdale to Big Bear.  This is perhaps the hardest segment of the tour as it is a tough ride up the mountain to Big Bear.  Not to mention the change in altitude.

The sad part of it all is that Lance Armstrong drop out of the race yesterday after crashing his bike and suffering minor bumps and bruises.  On the same day that doping allegations surround his name once again.

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Vacansoleil’s Luke Roberts from Australia, left, sprint to win the third stage of the Vuelta a Murcia cycling tour between Las Torres de Cotillas and Alhama de Murcia, Murcia, Spain, Friday, March 5, 2010.

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A French judge has issued a arrest warrant for Floyd Landis in connection with a computer hacking, after he was stripped of his 2006 Tour de France title because of doping.  The Court wants to question Landis about his potential connection with the alleged hacking of the computer system at the French anti-doping facilities.

The hacking occurred at a time when Landis was trying to defend himself against the failed drug test. Landis, unable to prove his case, was ultimately banned from the sport for two years.

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Lance Armstrong is going to race in the Criterium International in Corsica.  That will pin him up against world road cycling champion Cadel Evans and Olympic gold medalist Samuel Sanchez – which will make for an interesting race.

The Criterium International is raced in three stages over two days — a medium mountain stage Saturday, and a flat stage and short individual time trial Sunday. This year’s race will be the first major professional race held in Corsica since the last Tour of Corsica was run in 1982.

Armstrong’s current main rival, reigning Tour de France champion and former teammate Alberto Contador, is not scheduled to participate in the event.

Corsica is a candidate to host the “grand depart” of the 100th Tour de France in 2013, and hosting the Criterium International is seen by some observers as a trial run for that. Prudhomme said the two races were so different that no conclusions could be drawn.

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