The U.S. Anti-Doping Agency will be delivering their reasoned decision and releasing a summary of the facts they used to hand Lance Armstrong a lifetime suspension and void his seven Tour de France titles later on Wednesday.
The USADA said that a total of 11 of Lance Armstrong‘s former teammates have testified against him during their doping investigation. They classified Armstrong’s doping efforts as, ”the most sophisticated, professionalized and successful doping program that sport has ever seen.”
USADA CEO Travis Tygart said in a news release previewing the decision, they would be including more than 1,000 pages of evidence. He also listed 11 of Armstrong’s teammates who testified against him, including George Hincapie, Floyd Landis and Tyler Hamilton.
Tygart insists that the USADA handled this case the same as any other.
”We focused solely on finding the truth without being influenced by celebrity or non-celebrity, threats, personal attacks or political pressure because that is what clean athletes deserve and demand,” he said.
A total of 26 people, including 15 riders with knowledge provided material for the report on the U.S. Postal Service Team’s doping activities. Armstrong was a part of that team for all but one of his Tour de France titles from 199-2005.
Additional cyclists named in the news release were Frankie Andreu, Stephen Swart, Michael Barry, Tom Danielson, Levi Leipheimer, Jonathan Vaughters, Christian Vande Velde, and David Zabriskie.
One of Lance Armstrong‘s closest and most loyal teammates, George Hincapie’s role in the investigation could, perhaps, be the most damaging.
”Two years ago, I was approached by U.S. federal investigators, and more recently by USADA, and asked to tell of my personal experience in these matters,” Hincapie said in a statement shortly after the USADA’s release. ”I would have been much more comfortable talking only about myself, but understood that I was obligated to tell the truth about everything I knew. So that is what I did.”
All of the facts should be available on the USADA’s website later Wednesday.