USADA Releases Case Against Armstrong
Includes witness testimony, financial transactions, and tests
The U.S. Anti-Doping Agency has released the much-anticipated report detailing the case against Lance Armstrong. The 200-page release was accompanied by over 1,000 pages of documents, including sworn testimony from 11 of Armstrong’s former USPS teammates, emails, financial statements, and new lab tests. The seven-time Tour de France champ led “the most sophisticated, professionalized and successful doping program that sport has ever seen,” USADA said Wednesday.
George Hincapie and Michael Barry stepped forward this morning to admit to doping and confirm their participation in the proceedings against Armstrong. Other teammates whose testimony is found in the report include Tyler Hamilton and Jonathan Vaughters. From Jonathan Vaughters’ affidavit: “One evening while Vaughters was in Armstrong’s room borrowing Armstrong’s laptop, Armstrong injected himself in front of Vaughters with a syringe used for EPO injections, saying ‘now that you are doing EPO too, you can’t go write a book about it.’ From that point forward, Armstrong was open with Vaughters about Armstrong’s use of EPO.” In separate affidavits, teammates George Hincapie, Michael Barry, Christian Vande Velde, Tom Danielson, Tyler Hamilton, and Levi Leipheimer all testified that USPS trainer Jose “Pepe” Marti acted as the team’s drug runner, supplying them and Armstrong with EPO.
Armstrong was stripped of his titles and banned for life after deciding not to contest doping charges in August. USADA has said it expects to send the case file to the International Cycling Union by Monday. Through a spokesman, Armstrong said he would not comment on the report.