Armstrong Finally Reveals Names Under Oath

Lance Armstrong has revealed names and offered additional “new” details about his doping practices. The now-banned cyclist who won seven consecutive Tour de France titles was compelled to make responses to questions under oath in a lawsuit.

The answers by Armstrong came last November but were made public now after being filed in federal court by an attorney for former cycling teammate Floyd Landis as part of another lawsuit. Lance Armstrong revealed that he received performance enhancing drugs during his cycling career from trainer Pepi Marti, Dr. Pedro Celaya, Dr. Luis Garcia del Moral, and Dr. Michele Ferrari.

He also said masseuse Emma O’Reilly, bike mechanic Julien de Vriese, and motorbike courier Philippe Maire delivered the drugs that he used to cheat in races. It was remarked by Lance Armstrong that Johan Bruyneel participated in or assisted with his use of performance enhancing drugs, and knew of that use through their conversations and acts and he added he usually paid for the substances he used. It was also revealed during Landis lawsuit that Armstrong would typically supervise his own use of PEDs, but on certain occasions, the use of PEDs was supervised by Dr. Celaya, Dr. del Moral, or Dr. Ferrari.

In January 2013, Armstrong admitted to using performance enhancing drugs to stay on top of cycling. In a televised interview with Oprah Winfrey, the disgraced cyclist said he had doped during all of his Tour de France victories. However, the final nail in his “coffin” was made when he had to provide answers under oath in a lawsuit filed against him by Acceptance Insurance that sought to recover $3 million from him for bonuses paid to him for winning the Tour de France from 1999 to 2001. The cyclist reached an undisclosed settlement to end it and cancel the deposition a day before he was scheduled to give a deposition in that case. Though he managed to avoid that case, his remarks under oath were filed by attorneys for Floyd Landis, former cycling teammate, as an exhibit in a separate federal whistleblower lawsuit of Landis against Armstrong.

Armstrong also said he believed that banking hotshot Thom Weisel knew of doping on the USPS team. Bay Area banking hotshot Weisel, one of Lance Armstrong’s most important patrons, was implicated by the cyclist in a November 12 document related to a Texas lawsuit filed against him by an insurance company. Armstrong said Weisel, on information and belief, was aware of doping by the USPS team and in professional cycling in general. The accusations were denied by Weisel. Interestingly, Weisel donated generously to the legal defense fund of Floyd Landis when he launched a strident legal attack on anti-doping authorities after testing positive for exogenous testosterone at the Tour de France.

The cyclist also said he believed his cycling team’s general manager, Mark Gorski, was aware of doping by the USPS team while Armstrong told former cyclist Chris Carmichael in 1995 of his use of performance enhancing drugs. Carmichael, a member of the 1984 Olympic road team, said he never saw Armstrong using any banned substances and seeing is believing in his eyes.

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