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Live discussion: The case against Lance Armstrong

October 10, 2012|By Houston Mitchell and Lance Pugmire

Later today, the United States Anti-Doping Agency, which banned seven-time Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong from competition for life in August, is set to reveal the findings that led to the discipline Wednesday.

USADA Chief Executive Travis Tygart said USADA’s “reasoned decision” to pursue banning Armstrong before the cyclist clinched the penalty by withdrawing from the agency’s arbitration process will be sent to the International Cycling Union (UCI), the World Anti-Doping Agency and the World Triathlon Corp. on Wednesday.

USADA chief previews Lance Armstrong report

The evidence, Tygart said, is in excess of 1,000 pages and features sworn testimony from 26 individuals, “including 15 riders with knowledge of the USPS team and its participants’ doping activities.”

Tygart praised the “courage” of 11 Armstrong teammates who came forward: Frankie Andreu, Michael Barry, Tom Danielson, Tyler Hamilton, George Hincapie, Floyd Landis, Levi Leipheimer, Stephen Swart, Christian Vande Velde, Jonathan Vaughters and David Zabriskie.

According to the statement, USADA gathered information that “includes direct documentary evidence including financial payments, emails, scientific data and laboratory test results that further prove the use, possession and distribution of performance-enhancing drugs by Lance Armstrong and confirm the disappointing truth about the deceptive activities of the USPS team, a team that received tens of millions of American taxpayer dollars in funding.”

If you have a question you would like to ask Lance or Helene, send an email to sportshangout@latimes.com and we will try to answer it during the chat.

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