To say the USADA has a little evidence that former Tour de France took performing enhancing substances would be a huge understatement. Back this summer when Armstrong failed to respond to the allegations, he and his attorney’s made it sound like the USADA on a fishing expedition and their “investigation” wasn’t even worth their time or effort to react to. And then they stripped Armstrong of his Tour de France wins and everyone said “Why would an innocent man let them do that?”
Now we know why.
In it’s 500 page report, the USADA reveals a mountain of evidence, including sworn testimony, email correspondence, bank records and analyses of Armstrong’s blood samples. According to them, not only did Armstrong cheat, he repeatedly lied about cheating and got others on his cycling team to cheat as well. And now those former teammates are turning against him. You wonder at what point some kind of criminal charges will be brought against him . . . but for what?
Here’s more from the New York Daily News:
Lance Armstrong’s fall from grace has been widely described as the tragedy of an athlete who succumbed to the temptation of doping to enhance performance out of competitive zeal. Now, though, the all-American boy is unmasked as a species far worse than the Olympians and baseball players who have boosted speed and strength via chemistry. He is a fraud to the jazzed-up marrow of his bones. He is a bald-faced liar to the public and under oath to investigators. And he is a thug who attempted to conceal his systemic cheating with threats and intimidation.
So says the United States Anti-Doping Agency in a remarkably exhaustive report of its investigation into charges that Armstrong climbed to unprecedented stardom atop a bicycle with the aid of banned substances. The document conclusively nails Armstrong with overwhelming sworn testimony, email correspondence, bank records and analyses of his blood samples. It all but begs federal law enforcement authorities to refocus their attention on Armstrong after unexplainedly closing a probe — if only to consider indicting him for perjury.
As the report concluded, Armstrong’s achievements, as well as those of the USPS/Discovery Channel Pro Cycling Team that he led, “were accomplished through a massive team doping scheme, more extensive than any previously revealed in sports history.”
With full evidentiary support, the Anti-Doping Agency said of Armstrong:
“It was not enough that his teammates give maximum effort on the bike, he also required that they adhere to the doping program outlined for them or be replaced. He was not just a part of the doping culture on his team, he enforced and reenforced it. Armstrong’s use of drugs was extensive, and the doping program on his team, designed in large part to benefit Armstrong, was massive and pervasive.”