Wednesday, October 10, 2012

USADA Evidence Against Lance Armstrong

The WSJ and other news outlets are reporting that later today USADA will release more than 1,000 pages of documents supporting their accusations that Lance Armstrong doped.  Some noteworthy highlights:

In a press release early Wednesday, the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency said that the details will include testimony from 11 former teammates of Armstrong who have given information about the use of banned substances and methods on Mr. Armstrong's U.S. Postal team. 
The 11 teammates USADA named as cooperating are: Frankie Andreu, Michael Barry, Tom Danielson, Tyler Hamilton, George Hincapie, Floyd Landis, Levi Leipheimer, Stephen Swart, Christian Vande Velde, Jonathan Vaughters and David Zabriskie. They could not immediately be reached for comment.
This is a confirmation of previous speculation as to who provided witness testimony.  Importantly, George Hincapie is included on the list of individuals who testified against Armstrong.  Hincapie's testimony will be particularly hard to explain away by those who continue to believe that Lance didn't dope, as George and Lance were close friends.  George Hincapie released a statement today, the entirety of which can be found here.  One interesting highlight from that statement:
Three years ago, I was approached by US Federal investigators, and more recently by USADA, and asked to tell of my personal experience in these matters. I would have been much more comfortable talking only about myself, but understood that I was obligated to tell the truth about everything I knew. So that is what I did.
In addition to sworn testimony, USADA has stated that the evidence will include financial records and emails between cyclists and team officials.  According to USADA CEO Travis Tygart:
The evidence shows 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.
While Lance's attorneys have dismissed this report as the continuation of a witch hunt, Tygart argues that Lance turned down the opportunity to cooperate:
Travis Tygart, USADA's chief executive, said Armstrong was not singled out. "Lance Armstrong was given the same opportunity to come forward and be part of the solution," said Tygart. "He rejected it."

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