USADA: Lance Armstrong’s Team Ran Most Sophisticated Doping Program Cycling Has Ever Seen

| by Alex Groberman

USADA Chief Executive Officer Travis Tygart sent out a statement to reporters today in which he insisted that Lance Armstrong’s U.S. Postal Service cycling team ran “the most sophisticated, professionalized and successful doping program that sport has ever seen.”

The statement also noted that USADA would be releasing more than 1,000 pages of evidence -- with sworn testimony from 26 people, including 15 cyclists -- as a basis for why they gave Armstrong a lifetime ban and stripped him of his Tour de France titles two months ago.

“The USPS Team doping conspiracy 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. A program organized by individuals who thought they were above the rules and who still play a major and active role in sport today,” Tygart wrote (via the LA Times). 

“The evidence demonstrates that the ‘Code of Silence’ of performance enhancing drug use in the sport of cycling has been shattered, but there is more to do.  From day one, we always hoped this investigation would bring to a close this troubling chapter in cycling’s history and we hope the sport will use this tragedy to prevent it from ever happening again.”

Armstrong’s attorney, Tim Herman, released this statement regarding USADA’s report.

"Tygart's statement confirms the alleged 'reasoned decision' from USADA will be 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," Herman wrote (via USA Today).

Armstrong had the opportunity to defend himself against USADA’s charges by going to arbitration, however, he opted not to do so because he felt the process would not allow him to get a fair shake.

That said, he has and continues to maintain his innocence.

(Kudos LA Times, USA Today)

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