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USADA finds Lance Armstrong was 'kingpin' of widespread doping ring

Lance Armstrong, speaks during a press conference by the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network.
Lance Armstrong, speaks during a press conference by the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network.

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The saga surrounding Lance Armstrong and doping allegations continues.

Today the United States Anti-Doping agency released details of two reports, which they claim have evidence showing, "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." They claim Lance Armstrong played a key role in not only consuming performance-enhancing drugs, but also supplying it to his teammates.

According to a report in the New York Times, the agency's investigation includes sworn testimony from 26 people, including several of Armstrong's teammates. The reports also include emails, lab results, payments, and other data which prove their claims against Armstrong.

Teammates that gave sworn testimony include: Levi Leipheimer, Tyler Hamilton and George Hincapie, Frankie Andreu, Michael Barry, Tom Danielson, Floyd Landis, Stephen Swart, Christian Vande Velde, Jonathan Vaughters and David Zabriskie.

This past summer, the famous cyclist gave up his fight against USADA's charges. That decision stripped him of seven Tour de France titles, an Olympic bronze medal, and countless other winnings from August 1998 forward.

According to the World Anti-Doping Code, the agency is required to submit evidence of their investigation to the International Cycling Union. The union then has 21 days to appeal the case to the Court of Arbitration for Sport. Once the court makes its decision, the anti-doping agency will then have 21 days to appeal the decision.

Daniel M. Rosen, author of Dope: A History of Performance Enhancement in Sports from the Nineteenth Century to Today (Praeger)