11 Oct 2012

USADA report "proves" Armstrong's drug use

3:20 pm on 11 October 2012

The United States Anti-Doping agency has released a detailed report on its case against the US Postal cycling team, which it says proves Lance Armstrong and his team ran the most sophisticated doping programme in sport.

The report, which is more than 1,000 pages long, contains the sworn testimony of 26 people, including 15 riders, and it's being sent to the International Cycling Union, the World Anti-Doping Agency, and the World Triathlon Corporation.

USADA says the case against Armstrong and his team included eyewitness, documentary, first-hand, scientific, direct and circumstantial evidence and testimony from 11 former team-mates.

Armstrong has always denied cheating, and he never officially failed a drugs test, but the seven-times Tour de France winner was banned for life by USADA in August after announcing he would not fight the charges.

Several former team-mates had already spoken out publicly against Armstrong but USADA have now named all 11 for the first time.

Armstrong's lawyers have repeatedly attacked the credibility of USADA's case, describing the proceedings as a "kangaroo court" and a "witch hunt".

The International Cycling Union has been heavily critical of the American anti-doping agency for not releasing its findings sooner.