Armstrong Associates Given Lifetime Ban

USADA bans three as judge dismisses Lance's suit

Lance Armstrong

Lance Armstrong     Photo: U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Tabitha M. Mans/Wikimedia

On Tuesday, the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency issued a lifetime ban to three former staffers and consultants for Lance Armstrong's U.S. Postal Service squads. Team doctor Luis Garcia del Moral, consulting doctor Michele Ferrari, and trainer Jose "Pepe" Marti, were all charged with doping violations, along with Armstrong, on June 13. Moral, Marti, and Ferrari had until Monday to contest the charges before USADA imposed sanctions. Under UCI policies, a USADA ban will bar the convicted from "activity or competition" worldwide. Armstrong was granted a five-day extension and his hearing delayed while he filed a lawsuit against USADA, which a judge dismissed without prejudice on Monday as "a lengthy and bitter polemic against the named defendants." Armstrong's lawyers have said they will refile the suit no later than Wednesday.

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