Posted October 10, 2012

USADA: Lance Armstrong part of a sophisticated doping program, 11 teammates admit doping

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The U.S. Anti-Doping Agency announced Wednesday that former cyclist Lance Armstrong’s file will reveal that Armstrong was part of the most sophisticated and successful doping program ever, reports the New York Times.

The file will include sworn testimony from 26 people, including Armstrong’s teammates on the U.S. Postal Service team.

Eleven riders on U.S. Postal Service team admitted to doping, USADA said.  Armstrong has already been stripped of his seven Tour de France victories and the agency gave Armstrong a lifetime suspension.

Later Wednesday, USADA will give its decision against Armstrong.

USADA CEO Travis Tygart said 11 of Armstrong’s former teammates, including George Hincapie, Floyd Landis and Tyler Hamilton, are among those who provided evidence that led to the suspension.

The teammates who came forward and submitted sworn affidavits included George Hincapie, one of the most respected American riders in recent history, Levi Leipheimer, Tyler Hamilton and others who are among the best cyclists of Armstrong’s generation.

“The U.S.P.S. Team doping conspiracy was professionally designed to groom and pressure athletes to use dangerous drugs, to evade detection, to ensure its secrecy and ultimately gain an unfair competitive advantage through superior doping practices,” the agency said. “A program organized by individuals who thought they were above the rules and who still play a major and active role in sport today.”


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