Birotte: Armstrong view unchanged after admission

U.S. Attorney who dropped the case against Armstrong says the rider's admission changes nothing for him

BOULDER, Colorado (VN) — U.S. prosecutors dropped an enormous case against Lance Armstrong in early February 2012. It appears, for now at least, it will stay that way: dropped.

A year after he abandoned his case against disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong — and in the wake of the Texan’s very public admission to doping in an interview with Oprah Winfrey — U.S. Attorney André Birotte said his view on the matter is unchanged.

“We made a decision on that case a little over a year ago. Obviously, we’ve been well aware of the statements that have been made by Mr. Armstrong in other media reports. That does not change my view at this time,” Birotte said at a news conference in Washington, D.C., where he was speaking on a matter unrelated to the Armstrong case.

The comment marks the first time Birotte has addressed the matter in a year; since the Department of Justice bridled its two-year investigation a year ago — announcing its abandonment in a short press release the Friday before the Super Bowl — it hasn’t addressed the Armstrong situation directly at all. VeloNews’ repeated attempts to glean any indication of why the case was dropped via the Freedom of Information Act have been rejected.

The fallout of the Armstrong scandal has been enormous, from suspensions across the sport to Tours de France with no winner to sponsorship abandonments.

Since the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency released its 1,000 pages of testimony and evidence against the cyclist, Armstrong has seen nearly every one of his post-cancer results stripped, including his seven Tours de France.

It’s far from finished for Armstrong, who faces civil suits, and two particularly daunting charges, one from a governmental review of how the U.S. Postal Service sponsorship money was used and another in the form of a federal whistleblower suit, filed by former teammate Floyd Landis.

Spokespersons for Armstrong and USADA declined to comment for this story.