The U.S. Anti-Doping Agency report on Lance Armstrong, released Wednesday, has had some fallout on another cyclist: Levi Leipheimer.
The Omega Pharma-Quick-Step Cycling Team suspended Leipheimer on Thursday in the wake of the report.
The team said the 38-year-old veteran was “placed on non-active status” while the USADA report and Leipheimer's statements are reviewed.
USADA used evidence from 26 people, including Leipheimer, for a report that presented doping evidence against Armstrong. Leipheimer was a teammate of Armstrong's for five years.
In a statement released to the Wall Street Journal, Leipheimer said, in part:
"Today, I accept responsibility and USADA's sanctions for participating in the dirty past of cycling. I've been racing clean for more than 5 years in a changed and much cleaner sport. I hope that my admission will help to make these changes permanent.
Until recently—or maybe even until today—when people thought about doping, they thought about a guy, by himself, using banned substances to get ahead. What people didn't realize—what I didn't realize until after I was already committed to this career—was that doping was organized and everywhere in the peloton. Doping wasn't the exception, it was the norm.....