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The ’98 Worlds Valkenburg Team – Where Are They Now?

Lance ArmstrongJournalist David Walsh reported in The Sunday Times that Lance Armstrong’s ex-wife Kristin knew, and provided performance enhancing drugs to members of the US Postal team.

According to Walsh, a rider states that Kristin Armstrong, at the 1998 world championship in Valkenburg, handed out cortisone pills, wrapped in tin foil, to the riders on the US Postal team who were also members of the national team.

This surprised me. I knew the former Mrs. Armstrong was familiar with the doping practices within the team, but I didn’t realize the author of “Work in Progress: An Unfinished Women’s Guide to Grace” was part of the doping supply chain.

So who were the members of the US national road team in Valkenburg?

Lance Armstrong:
Stripped of his seven Tour de France titles.

Dylan Casey:
Retired from racing in 2002.
Works at Google and the social media site Path.
A member of the US Postal team from 1999 to 2002.

David Clinger:
Former drug addict.
In 2011 was issued a life time ban after testing positive for clenbuterol.
Member of US Postal team in 2002.
In 1999 member of Mercury.

Christopher Horner:
Still racing as member of RadioShack-Nissan.
In 1999 member of Francaise des Jeux.

Trent Klasna:
In 2001 was national time trial champion, won NRC and the U.S. Pro Cycling Tour.
Retired from racing and currently owns a farm in El Dorado County, California.
In 1999 was a member of Navigators.

Chann McCrae:
Director with Garmin-Sharp.
Member of US Postal team 2001 to 2002.
In 1999 was a member of Mapei-QuickStep.

Christian Vande Velde:
Current member of Garmin-Sharp.
Recently outed by Vaughters as someone who had used performance enhancing drugs in the past. Member of US Postal team 1998 to 2003.

Jonathan Vaughters:
CEO of Garmin-Sharp.
Admitted to using performance enhancing drugs during his time as a professional cyclist.
Member of US Postal team from 1998 to 1999.

Other than Armstrong, in 1998 the only other members of US Postal and members of the national team competing in the world championships were Vande Velde and Vaughters. Could one of these two riders be the one that jokingly stated in an affidavit that Kristin Armstrong was “rolling the joints”?

I wonder if Travis Tygart questioned Casey who joined the U.S. Postal squad the next year. What would the man who works for the company whose motto is, “Do no evil” say if he had been or was questioned?

It seems that in about two weeks give or take USADA’s dossier on this whole sordid affair will be made public. Until then we’ll just have to wait.

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6 Responses to “The ’98 Worlds Valkenburg Team – Where Are They Now?”

  1. Neil Browne (@neilroad) September 30, 2012 at 1:42 pm #

    The ’98 worlds team- who was on it, where they are now & Kristin Armstrong’s job before she was self-help author http://t.co/Lt3eenDC

  2. Neil Browne (@neilroad) September 30, 2012 at 1:42 pm #

    The ’98 worlds team- who was on it, where they are now & Kristin Armstrong’s job before she was self-help author http://t.co/Lt3eenDC

  3. Chris Miller September 30, 2012 at 4:51 pm #

    Are you kidding me! You are going after guys wive’s….X wife on top of that. You talked to Frankie’s wife are you now going to try for Kristin to?

    You hate Lance, we get it, can you stop talking about it. OOO wait you can’t because you do nothing but bitch and talk on your dumb ass blog.

    • Neil September 30, 2012 at 6:57 pm #

      Hey Chris,

      Thanks for reading my blog.

      I was not going after Armstrong’s ex-wife. I’m commenting on what was widely reported on in several media outlets. Like I mentioned in the post, I was surprised by her alleged involvement in the doping that was a part of the US Postal team.

  4. Al September 30, 2012 at 7:49 pm #

    I didn’t read any hate in that article. What I can’t stand is USADA taking all this time to make the information public. It lends itself to speculation by everyone. USADA is putting a burden on itself to explain why it took so long.

    If you are a fan of Lance, nobody is going to change your opinion. Neil didn’t go after Lance’s ex-”wive”. I don’t think Neil cares for Lance either, but I also don’t think he pushes an agenda in his writing. He presents either facts that can be backed up, or quotes from verifiable sources. We all need to be patient until the evidence is published.

  5. cycletard (@cycletard) October 1, 2012 at 11:12 am #

    MT @neilroad: The ’98 worlds team – who was on it, where they are now & Kik Armstrong’s job before self-help author: http://t.co/9ppAtRrC

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