USADA to Detail Doping Case Against Armstrong

The United States Anti-Doping Agency is expected to release extensive details of its doping case against seven-time Tour de France champion Lance Armstrong who was stripped of all his titles, and banned for life. The doping case is expected to include witness testimony from some of the former close friends and teammates of the cyclist.

USADA ordered the results from 14 years of the cyclist’s career to be erased, including his seven Tour de France titles. The agency is planning within a few days to send a detailed report about its reasoned decision” to the governing body of cycling, the International Cycling Union (UCI).

The anti-doping agency claims that it had ten former teammates of Lance Armstrong to testify against him before Armstrong chose not to take his case to an arbitration hearing and the list is expected to include Floyd Landis and Tyler Hamilton and even witness testimony from George Hincapie who was the only rider to be at the side of Armstrong for each of his Tour France victories. Considered one of the most respected American cyclists in recent history, Hincapie, has not tested positive for doping and has never said he has doped but he recently broke his silence and admitted he cheated.

Under the World Anti-Doping Code, the USADA is required to send its evidence against Armstrong to International Cycling Union and the World Anti-Doping Agency and these agencies have the right to appeal the decision to the Court of Arbitration for Sport. The UCI has 21 days to appeal once it receives the file and WADA has 21 days to appeal once the cycling union announces its intentions. WADA general director David Howman said that the agency has got no problem with the process they have followed and there is a need to follow patience and be quiet until the decision comes to hand.

Timothy J. Herman, one of Armstrong’s lawyers, termed the case against his client a farce and said the anti-doping agency now pretends to issue its own ‘reasoned decision,’ even though there was no judge, no jury, and no hearing. Herman accused the agency of “still trying to create evidence and put it in the file now,” long after it supposedly had an airtight case. Lawyers of the cyclist said USADA should send UCI its entire case file, not just a streamlined report packaged to support its decision.

Armstrong has continued to compete in triathlons that are not sanctioned by USA Triathlon, the sport’s governing body, which follows the WADA code and won the SuperFrog Triathlon in California last month and competed in the Revolution3 Half-Full Triathlon in Maryland, racing with a group of about 50 fellow cancer survivors.

It is believed that the riders who provided testimony include several top American cyclists of the generation of Armstrong like Levi Leipheimer, Christian Vande Velde, and Dave Zabriskie. One of Armstrong’s former lieutenants on the United States Postal Service team, Tyler Hamilton, has revealed some particulars about Armstrong and doping in his book, “The Secret Race,” which was published last month in which he accused Armstrong, team management and team staff of encouraging the use of performance enhancing drugs.

USADA to Detail Doping Case Against Armstrong

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