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.
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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- Feature: France television alleges positives for Armstrong retests, also that ex-wife testified (velonation.com)
- With release of teammate’s damning book, moment of truth finally arrives for Lance Armstrong (sports.nationalpost.com)
- Vaughters’ Doping Confession (roadcycling.com)
- Lance Armstrong Was a Vindictive Liar: Former Assistant (newser.com)
- Armstrong renews criticism of USADA (seattletimes.com)
- Chicago Marathon: Lance Armstrong Can’t Race (newser.com)
- Another triathlon drops official sanctioning so Lance Armstrong can compete (and he won) (offthebench.nbcsports.com)