American cyclist Levi Leipheimer has been fired by his team after admitting to doping in testimony to the United States Anti-Doping Agency. In a statement, Belgium-based Omega Pharma-QuickStep said that it would terminate Leipheimer's contract effective immediately. "We commend the rider for his open co-operation with USADA and contribution to cleaning up the sport of cycling. However, in light of the disclosures made by Mr. Leipheimer in his public statement on 10 October, the team has decided to terminate the contract," the statement read. Leipheimer, who has four top-10 finishes in the Tour de France to his credit, was one of 11 riders who testified against Lance Armstrong in the USADA report. He is currently serving a truncated six-month ban. Leipheimer is the latest casualty of the report, which also resulted in former U.S. Postal directeur sportíf Johan Bruyneel's removal as head of Radioshack-Nissan-Trek.
Via The Guardian