Lance Armstrong: U.S. Anti-Doping Agency report due soon

October 1, 2012

A new report alleges that the world governing body of cycling swept a Lance Armstrong positive drug test under the rug in 2001. (Thao Nguyen/AP)

A report by the United States Anti-Doping Agency explaining why it stripped Lance Armstrong of seven Tour de France titles and detailing performance-enhancing drug use in cycling is expected to be sent to UCI, cycling’s governing body, this week.

The report, according to the Sunday Times of London, contains affidavits from two riders who said Armstrong told them that he had a positive test swept under the rug at the Tour of Switzerland in 2001. Another rider alleges that Armstrong, who has been banned for life from competition, told him he could use his power to get around cycling’s anti-doping laws.

The report, which USADA officials have said will be released by Oct. 15, is expected to detail the network of doctors, trainers, officials and supporters who played a role in covering up cycling’s drug scandal. The Times did not indicate whether it had seen the report, but it is expected to include the testimony of former teammates, like Floyd Landis, Tyler Hamilton and Frankie Andreu, who have accused Armstrong of doping in the past.

The Times reports that the UCI chose not to investigate Armstrong’s U.S. Postal Team, particularly in 2003, when Emma O’Reilly, a team assistant, said she was aware of several incidents of doping by riders, including Armstrong. The USADA report, according to the Times, includes an affadavit from a rider who says Armstrong used synthetic corticosteroid. In another affadavit, a rider says Armstrong was worried about scar tissue on his arm from injections of EPO in 1999. The rider said he asked O’Reilly for makeup to cover the mark. The Times also writes that the reports details Armstrong’s former wife, Kristin, handing out cortisone pills wrapped in aluminum foil to riders in 1999.

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After spending most of her career in traditional print sports journalism, Cindy began blogging and tweeting, first as NFL/Redskins editor, and, since August 2010, at The Early Lead. She also is the social media editor for Sports.
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