The Case Against Lance Armstrong

The United States Anti-Doping Agency released its detailed case against Lance Armstrong, supporting an imposed lifetime ban that stripped him of all seven Tour de France titles. The story is just the latest in a tumultuous journey over the past decade for one of the most compelling sports figures responsible for single-handedly advancing the popularity of cycling to the forefront of a fickle American public. The story has dominated the American mediascape today from The New York Times to Outside Magazine. With this outcome and Armstrong's loss of titles, Greg LeMond becomes the sole American to ever capture a Tour championship.

The detailed report below was preceded earlier this morning by a press release from the agency that detailed the significant evidence leveraged against Armstrong:

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, a team that received tens of millions of American taxpayer dollars in funding.

Together these different categories of eyewitness, documentary, first-hand, scientific, direct and circumstantial evidence reveal conclusive and undeniable proof that brings to the light of day for the first time this systemic, sustained and highly professionalized team-run doping conspiracy.

All of the material will be made available later this afternoon on the USADA website at The USPS Team doping conspiracy was professionally designed to groom and pressure athletes to use dangerous drugs, to evade detection, to ensure its secrecy and ultimately gain an unfair competitive advantage through superior doping practices. A program organized by individuals who thought they were above the rules and who still play a major and active role in sport today.

Included in the 202-page report is "overwhelming" evidence and sworn testimony from 26 witnesses and 15 professional riders, including 12 former teammates on the United States Postal Services team. The USADA claims this to be the most sophisticated doping program in recent sports history. The report was initially uploaded to Scribd by Race Radio, an account that publishes a huge variety of cycling-related publications, including legal documents. It is also currently embedded on Deadspin and is one of the most popular documents published this week with 60,000 reads already today.

Armstrong tried to preemptively circumvent all of this damning evidence from seeing the light of day with a lawsuit this past summer, which was thrown out by a judge.

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