USADA have published their report on the decision to impose a lifetime ban on Lance Armstrong for doping and drug trafficking. The report is extensive and damning, complete with testimony from unimpeachable sources like George Hincapie and Levi Leipheimer. Indeed every American cyclist who rode the Tour de France with US Postal and Discovery for the seven year period between 1999 and 2005 has now confessed. Except one. Yet the report isn’t just about Armstrong. It contains references to his old teams, to senior officials in the sport, from US Cycling across to the UCI and beyond. Over one million dollars in payments to Michele Ferrari are detailed for example.
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First published: 2012-10-11 04:05 AM
• TUESDAY, OCT 23: Lance banned for life The fate of disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong has been sealed, with world cycling’s governing body deciding to back a life ban for doping and strip him of his record seven Tour de France titles. The International Cycling Union (UCI) said late last night that it supported the US Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) decision to erase Armstrong’s entire career after August 1998. UCI president Pat McQuaid called the scandal “the biggest crisis” the sport had ever faced and said Armstrong deserved to be “forgotten in cycling”. Full story, ABC Online here