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USADA Bans 6 of Armstrong's ex-teammates
Oct 11th, 12. The US Anti Doping Agency has banned 6 of Lance Armstrongs former US Postal Services team mates.
David Zabriskie (GAR), Christian Vande Velde (GAR), Tom Danielson (GAR) , Levi Leipheimer (OPQ), George Hincapie (BMC) and Michael Barry (SKY) have all recieved a 6 month suspension from racing as of September and been disqualified from the races the competed in whilst doping. Hincapie and Barry have both announced their retirement from the sport.
"Today, we are sending the ‘Reasoned Decision’ in the Lance Armstrong case and supporting information to the Union Cycliste International (UCI), the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), and the World Triathlon Corporation (WTC). The evidence shows beyond any doubt that the US Postal Service Pro Cycling Team ran the most sophisticated, professionalized and successful doping program that sport has ever seen," USADA said.
"The evidence of the US Postal Service Pro Cycling Team-run scheme is overwhelming and is in excess of 1000 pages, and includes sworn testimony from 26 people, including 15 riders with knowledge of the US Postal Service Team (USPS Team) and its participants’ doping activities. The evidence also includes direct documentary evidence including financial payments, emails, scientific data and laboratory test results that further prove the use, possession and distribution of performance enhancing drugs by Lance Armstrong and confirm the disappointing truth about the deceptive activities of the USPS Team."
However, in their statement released today, USADA goes on to praise the actions of Armstrongs USPS teammates who came forward to give evidence.
"The riders who participated in the USPS Team doping conspiracy and truthfully assisted have been courageous in making the choice to stop perpetuating the sporting fraud, and they have suffered greatly. In addition to the public revelations, the active riders have been suspended and disqualified appropriately in line with the rules."
These teammates include: Frankie Andreu, Michael Barry, Tom Danielson, Tyler Hamilton, George Hincapie, Floyd Landis, Levi Leipheimer, Stephen Swart, Christian Vande Velde, Jonathan Vaughters and David Zabriskie.
The active riders have recieved the following disqualifictaions:
Zabriskie - results from May 31, 2003 to July 31, 2006;
Vande Velde - results from June 4, 2004 to April 31, 2006;
Danielson - results from March 1, 2005 to September 23, 2006;
Leipheimer - results from June 1999 to July 30, 2006, and from July 7 to July 29, 2007;
Hincapie - results from May 31, 2004 to July 31, 2006
Barry - May 13, 2003 to July 31, 2006
Three other members of the USPS Team have chosen to contest the charges and take their cases to arbitration: Johan Bruyneel, the team director; Dr. Pedro Celaya, a team doctor; and Jose “Pepe” Marti, the team trainer. These three individuals will receive a full hearing before independent judges, where they will have the opportunity to present and confront the evidence, cross-examine witnesses and testify under oath in a public proceeding.
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