28 Jan 2013

Courts not cycling body should decide Armstrong's future: USADA

6:48 pm on 28 January 2013

American jurors and US anti-doping officials should decide Lance Armstrong's fate rather than the International Cycling Union, says the main investigator who has chased Armstrong for years.

The US Anti-Doping Agency chief executive Travis Tygart says the the US Justice Department should join a fraud case against Armstrong.

Tygart also wants Armstrong to testify before USADA rather than the world cycling governing body UCI, saying USADA-gathered evidence contradicts Armstrong's claims that UCI never assisted him in covering up a positive test.

Tygart wants to see Armstrong tell his story in court, specifically in a $100 million fraud case brought by former Armstrong teammate Floyd Landis, himself an admitted dope cheat stripped of a Tour de France title.

The fraud lawsuit claims Armstrong lied about doping to get US Post Office sponsorship for the team that dominated the Tour de France for years.