Lance Armstrong and the Most Sophisticated Doping Ring in Cycling

This afternoon the US Anti-Doping Agency will release its full 1000 plus page report detailing “beyond any doubt that the US Postal Service Pro Cycling Team ran the most sophisticated, professionalized and successful doping program that sport has ever seen.” The evidence is said to include financial payments, emails, scientific data, and laboratory test results that further prove the use, possession, and distribution of performance enhancing drugs by Lance Armstrong.

Statement from Armstrong earlier this summer when he decided to no longer pursue the legal fight against the doping allegations. The full case against Armstrong is to be released later today and includes admissions of guilt from his teammates.

Additionally, 11 teammates of Armstrong, (Frankie Andreu, Michael Barry, Tom Danielson, Tyler Hamilton, George Hincapie, Floyd Landis, Levi Leipheimer, Stephen Swart, Christian Vande Velde, Jonathan Vaughters and David Zabriskie) have admitted to participating in the USPS Team doping conspiracy, which 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”. Particularly damaging was the admission of doping from George Hincapie, who was at Armstrong’s side for all 7 of his now recalled Tour de France victories. It is a sad, but inevitable day for the cycling world, hopefully this will bring about a new era of honest competition, free of doping and performance enhancing drugs, not just in cycling, but all sports.

Update: Here is a link to the Reasoned Decision document

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