Armstrong’s Tour de farce exposed



Lance Armstrong challenged the US Anti-Doping Agency to name names and say what it had on him. On Wednesday, it did. The anti-doping body revealed a group of 11 former Armstrong teammates - some loyal, some estranged - who each provided evidence of drug use on the US Postal Service team.

USADA Chief Executive Travis Tygart called it "the most sophisticated, professionalized and successful doping program that sport has ever seen."

USADA will deliver its reasoned decision against Armstrong later on Wednesday, a summary of the facts it used to hand him a lifetime suspension and erase his titles.

The organisation has banned the seven-time Tour de France winner from competition for life and declared his victories null and void.

In a news release previewing the decision, Tygart said it would include more than 1,000 pages of evidence. He listed 11 of Armstrong's former teammates, including George Hincapie, Floyd Landis and Tyler Hamilton, as among those providing evidence that led to the sanction.

"It took tremendous courage for the riders on the USPS Team and others to come forward and speak truthfully,'' Tygart said. "It is not easy to admit your mistakes and accept your punishment. But that is what these riders have done for the good of the sport.''

Armstrong's attorney, Tim Herman, called the report "a one-sided hatchet job - a taxpayer funded tabloid piece rehashing old, disproved, unreliable allegations based largely on axe-grinders, serial perjurers, coerced testimony, sweetheart deals and threat-induced stories."

Aware of the criticism it has faced from Armstrong and his legion of followers, Tygart insisted USADA handled this case under the same rules as any other. He pointed out that Armstrong was given the chance to take his case to arbitration and he declined, choosing to accept the sanctions instead.

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