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26 people testified against Lance Armstrong

The report on cyclist Lance Armstrong released by the US Anti-Doping Agency gave accounts of his doping from 26 witnesses, including many former teammates.


This is a July 24, 2005, file photo showing overall leader Cyclist Lance Armstrong, in 2005, surrounded by press photographers, signaling seven, for his seventh straight win in the Tour de France cycling race. The US Anti-Doping Agency released a report on Armstrong's doping with a number of incriminating testimonies and evidence against him.

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Lance Armstrong said he wanted to see the names of his accusers. The US Anti-Doping Agency gave him 26, including 11 former teammates.

The world's most famous cyclist said he wanted to see the hard evidence that he was a doper. The agency gave him that, too: About 200 pages filled with vivid details — from the hotel rooms riders transformed into makeshift blood-transfusion centers to the way Armstrong's former wife rolled cortisone pills into foil and handed them out to all the cyclists.

In all, a USADA report released Wednesday gives the most detailed, unflinching portrayal yet of Armstrong as a man who, day after day, week after week, year after year, spared no expense — financially, emotionally or physically — to win the seven Tour de France titles that the anti-doping agency has ordered taken away.

It presents as matter-of-fact reality that winning and doping went hand-in-hand in cycling and that Armstrong was the focal point of a big operation, running teams that were the best at getting it done without getting caught. Armstrong won the Tour as leader of the U.S. Postal Service team from 1999-2004 and again in 2005 with the Discovery Channel as the primary sponsor.

USADA said the path Armstrong chose to pursue his goals "ran far outside the rules."


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