7 Nov 2013

Guilty plea over threat to USADA boss

8:56 am on 7 November 2013

An American man has pleaded guilty to threatening the head of the United States anti-doping agency USADA over the probe which brought down cycling legend Lance Armstrong.

The Anti-Doping Agency head Travis Tygart who received the threat, which warned he should wear a bullet-proof best, so seriously that he hired private security and moved his family to a protected location while the FBI investigated.

Sixty year old Robert Hutchins, who wrote a series of emails to Tygart, after USADA announced a ban on Armstrong last year has admitted his guilt and could spend up to five years in jail and be fined up to $300,000.

Last year Armstrong was banned from cycling for life and disqualified of all his competitive results from 1998 to 2012, including his seven Tour de France titles.