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USADA makes findings public in Armstrong doping case

Colorado Springs, CO (Sports Network) - In support of its decision to strip Lance Armstrong of his seven Tour de France titles, the United States Anti- Doping Agency released a 202-page document on Wednesday that included testimony from 11 of the alleged doper's former U.S. Postal Service teammates.

Among the names providing evidence against Armstrong were Floyd Landis, the 2006 Tour de France winner disqualified for doping violations, and longtime Armstrong confidant George Hincapie.

Frankie Andreu, Michael Barry, Tom Danielson, Tyler Hamilton, Levi Leipheimer, Stephen Swart, Christian Vande Velde, Jonathan Vaughters and David Zabriskie were other former members of the USPS team where Armstrong captured six straight Tour de France championships from 1999-2004 to testify.

The report went into heavily detail the USPS team's elaborate doping ring and Armstrong's involvement in it, explaining how the banned former champion used and administered products and methods including EPO, blood transfusions, testosterone and cortisone during a period from 1999-2005 and encouraged others to do the same.

"The riders who participated in the USPS Team doping conspiracy and truthfully assisted have been courageous in making the choice to stop perpetuating the sporting fraud, and they have suffered greatly," said USADA CEO Travis T. Tygart in a statement. "In addition to the public revelations, the active riders have been suspended and disqualified appropriately in line with the rules. In some part, it would have been easier for them if it all would just go away; however, they love the sport, and they want to help young athletes have hope that they are not put in the position they were -- to face the reality that in order to climb to the heights of their sport they had to sink to the depths of dangerous cheating.

Also included was information regarding Armstrong's ongoing relationship with Italian physician Michele Ferrari, banned for life by the USADA for numerous doping violations in 2010.

The USADA disqualified all of Armstrong's results since 1998 -- which included all seven of his Tour victories -- in August. Armstrong did not contest the agency's decisions, but has continued to maintain his innocence while portraying the long investigation as a "witch hunt" intended to punish him at all costs.

"I have personally talked with and heard these athletes' stories and firmly believe that, collectively, these athletes, if forgiven and embraced, have a chance to leave a legacy far greater for the good of the sport than anything they ever did on a bike," said Tygart. "Lance Armstrong was given the same opportunity to come forward and be part of the solution. He rejected it."

10/10 23:41:22 ET


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