Statement From USADA CEO Travis T. Tygart Regarding The U.S. Postal Service Pro Cycling Team Doping Conspiracy

Statement released 10-10-12 at 9:30 AM Mountain Time

October 10, 2012

Today, we are sending the ‘Reasoned Decision’ in the Lance Armstrong case and supporting information to the Union Cycliste International (UCI), the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), and the World Triathlon Corporation (WTC). The evidence shows 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.

The evidence of the US Postal Service Pro Cycling Team-run scheme is overwhelming and is in excess of 1000 pages, and includes sworn testimony from 26 people, including 15 riders with knowledge of the US Postal Service Team (USPS Team) and its participants’ doping activities. 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 www.usada.org.

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.

The evidence demonstrates that the ‘Code of Silence’ of performance enhancing drug use in the sport of cycling has been shattered, but there is more to do. From day one, we always hoped this investigation would bring to a close this troubling chapter in cycling’s history and we hope the sport will use this tragedy to prevent it from ever happening again.

Of course, no one wants to be chained to the past forever, and I would call on the UCI to act on its own recent suggestion for a meaningful Truth and Reconciliation program. While we appreciate the arguments that weigh in favor of and against such a program, we believe that allowing individuals like the riders mentioned today to come forward and acknowledge the truth about their past doping may be the only way to truly dismantle the remaining system that allowed this “EPO and Blood Doping Era” to flourish. Hopefully, the sport can unshackle itself from the past, and once and for all continue to move forward to a better future.

Our mission is to protect clean athletes by preserving the integrity of competition not only for today’s athletes but also the athletes of tomorrow. We have heard from many athletes who have faced an unfair dilemma — dope, or don’t compete at the highest levels of the sport. Many of them abandoned their dreams and left sport because they refused to endanger their health and participate in doping. That is a tragic choice no athlete should have to make.

It took tremendous courage for the riders on the USPS Team and others to come forward and speak truthfully. It is not easy to admit your mistakes and accept your punishment. But that is what these riders have done for the good of the sport, and for the young riders who hope to one day reach their dreams without using dangerous drugs or methods.

These eleven (11) teammates of Lance Armstrong, in alphabetical order, are Frankie Andreu, Michael Barry, Tom Danielson, Tyler Hamilton, George Hincapie, Floyd Landis, Levi Leipheimer, Stephen Swart, Christian Vande Velde, Jonathan Vaughters and David Zabriskie.

The riders who participated in the USPS Team doping conspiracy and truthfully assisted have been courageous in making the choice to stop perpetuating the sporting fraud, and they have suffered greatly. In addition to the public revelations, the active riders have been suspended and disqualified appropriately in line with the rules. In some part, it would have been easier for them if it all would just go away; however, they love the sport, and they want to help young athletes have hope that they are not put in the position they were -- to face the reality that in order to climb to the heights of their sport they had to sink to the depths of dangerous cheating.

I have personally talked with and heard these athletes’ stories and firmly believe that, collectively, these athletes, if forgiven and embraced, have a chance to leave a legacy far greater for the good of the sport than anything they ever did on a bike.

Lance Armstrong was given the same opportunity to come forward and be part of the solution. He rejected it.

Instead he exercised his legal right not to contest the evidence and knowingly accepted the imposition of a ban from recognized competition for life and disqualification of his competitive results from 1998 forward. The entire factual and legal basis on the outcome in his case and the other six active riders’ cases will be provided in the materials made available online later today. Two other members of the USPS Team, Dr. Michele Ferrari and Dr. Garcia del Moral, also received lifetime bans for perpetrating this doping conspiracy.

Three other members of the USPS Team have chosen to contest the charges and take their cases to arbitration: Johan Bruyneel, the team director; Dr. Pedro Celaya, a team doctor; and Jose “Pepe” Marti, the team trainer. These three individuals will receive a full hearing before independent judges, where they will have the opportunity to present and confront the evidence, cross-examine witnesses and testify under oath in a public proceeding.

From day one in this case, as in every potential case, the USADA Board of Directors and professional staff did the job we are mandated to do for clean athletes and the integrity of sport. 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.”

CONTACT:
USADA Media Relations
Phone: (719) 785-2000
E-mail: media@usada.org

Reasoned Decision


Appendix A (Affidavits)

Cyclists

Frankie Andreu

Michael Barry

Leonardo Bertagnolli

Volodymyr Bileka

Tom Danielson

Tyler Hamilton

George Hincapie

Jörg Jaksche

Floyd Landis

Levi Leipheimer

Filippo Simeoni

Stephen Swart

Christian Vande Velde

Jonathan Vaughters

David Zabriskie

Other Witnesses

Betsy Andreu

Piero Boccarossa

Larry Bowers

Marco Consonni

Renzo Ferrante

Emma O’Reilly

Dawn Polay

Jack Robertson

Paul Scott

Lory Testasecca

Jean-Pierre Verdy



Appendix B (Videos)



Appendix C (Correspondence between USADA & Armstrong or their legal representatives)

2012-06-02 09-51 Herman to WB re USADA Matter.pdf
2012-06-02 10-28 WB to Herman Re USADA Matter.pdf
2012-06-02 10-58 WB to Herman re USADA Matter.pdf
2012-06-04 15-03 Herman to WB re USADA Matter.pdf
2012-06-04 20-00 WB to Herman Re USADA Matter.pdf
2012-06-04 21-42 Herman to WB re. USADA Matter.pdf
2012-06-04 21-44 WB to Herman Re USADA Matter.pdf
2012-06-04 WB to Herman re. USADA Matter.pdf
2012-06-05 09-50 WB to Herman Re USADA Matter.pdf
2012-06-05 10-37 Herman to WB re. USADA Matter.pdf
2012-06-08 Luskin to WB re. LA.pdf
2012-06-12 AFLD Notice Letter.pdf
2012-06-13 Luskin to WB re. ADRB.pdf
2012-06-15 Luskin to ADRB re. LA.pdf
2012-06-15 Luskin to WB re. LA.pdf
2012-06-15 WB to Luskin re. June 8 and 13 Letters.pdf
2012-06-16 Luskin to WB re. response to correspondence.pdf
2012-06-18 WB to Luskin re. ADRB.pdf
2012-06-22 Luskin to ADRB re. Armstrong.pdf
2012-06-26 14-44 McCumber to Resps. Re ADRB and USADAs June 12, 2012 Notice Letter.pdf
2012-06-26 Luskin to ADRB re. Armstrong.pdf
2012-06-27 12-12 Patrick to McCumber re. Lance Armstrong.pdf
2012-06-27 Luskin to ADRB re. Armstrong.pdf
2012-06-28 LM to Luskin re Charging Letter - Armstrong.pdf
2012-06-29 WB to Luskin re. USADA ADRB.pdf
2012-07-05 Luskin to WB re. extension for Armstrong.pdf
2012-07-09 09-38 Wilson to WB re. Lance Armstrong v. USADA.pdf
2012-07-09 16-15 Herman to WB re. agreement.pdf
2012-07-09 16-41 Herman to WB re. amended complaint.pdf
2012-07-09 Herman to WB re conversation.pdf
2012-07-09 Herman to WB re. complaint and TRO.pdf
2012-07-09 Herman to WB re. federal lawsuit.pdf
2012-07-09 WB to Herman re Armstrong v USADA.pdf
2012-07-10 16-41 Herman to WB re. agreed extension.pdf
2012-07-10 WB to Herman re. Armstrong v USADA.pdf
2012-07-11 WB to Herman re. Armstrong v USADA.pdf
2012-07-12 16-09 Herman to WB re. extension.pdf
2012-07-12 Herman to WB re. Rule 26 conference.pdf
2012-07-13 11-51 Herman to WB re. Armstrong v. USADA.pdf
2012-07-13 WB to Herman re. Armstrong v USADA.pdf
2012-07-18 Herman to WB re. Rule 26 conference (dated 07-12-2012).pdf
2012-07-20 WB to Herman re. Armstrong v USADA.pdf
2012-07-23 Herman to WB re. discovery.pdf
2012-07-23 WB to Herman re. Armstrong v USADA - Request to Confer.pdf
2012-07-23 WB to Herman re. Armstrong v USADA - Your 07-23-2012 Ltr..pdf
2012-07-23 WB to Herman re. Armstrong v. USADA - Farrell Aff.pdf
2012-07-24 19-15 Herman to WB re. extension and limited discovery.pdf
2012-07-24 Herman to WB re. Discovery on MTD.pdf
2012-07-24 Herman to WB re. extension and limited discovery.pdf
2012-07-24 WB to Herman re. Armstrong v. USADA - 07-24-2012 Phone Call.pdf
2012-07-25 WB to Herman re. Armstrong v. USADA - discovery on MTD.pdf
2012-07-25 WB to Luskin re. conflict of interest.pdf
2012-07-26_WB_to_Herman_re _Armstrong_v _USADA_-_resp_to_07-23-2012.pdf
2012-07-27 Herman to WB re. confering.pdf
2012-07-27 Herman to WB re. discovery.pdf
2012-07-27 WB to Herman re. Armstrong v. USADA - Defendants Discovery.pdf
2012-07-27 WB to Herman re. Armstrong v. USADA - Discovery.pdf
2012-07-30 WB to Herman re. Armstrong v USADA - Admissibility of Affidavits.pdf
2012-07-30 WB to Herman re. Armstrong v USADA - Discovery.pdf
2012-07-30 WB to Herman re. Armstrong v USADA - Plaintiff Discovery.pdf
2012-07-31 Herman to WB re. Affidavits.pdf
2012-08-01 WB to Herman re. Armstrong v USADA - 08-10-2012 Hearing.pdf
2012-08-02 16-18 WB to Herman re Request for Courtesy Copies of Mr. Armstrongs Filings.pdf
2012-08-02 18-02 Breen to WB RE Request for Courtesy Copies of Mr. Armstrongs Filings.pdf
2012-08-02 18-58 WB to Breen Re Request for Courtesy Copies of Mr. Armstrongs Filings.pdf
2012-08-02 20-02 Breen to WB RE Request for Courtesy Copies of Mr. Armstrongs Filings.pdf
2012-08-03 15-41 Herman to WB re. page length extension.pdf
2012-08-03 16-38 WB to Herman re. USADAs Response to Your Request.pdf
2012-08-06 15-23 Herman to WB re. Second Farrell Affidavit.pdf
2012-08-06 16-21 WB to Herman re. Second Farrell Affidavit.pdf
2012-08-06 18-18 Herman to WB re. Affidavits and Exhibits.pdf
2012-08-06 18-47 Herman to WB re. USADA-USOC contract.pdf
2012-08-07 3-22 Herman to WB re. deadline re. arbitration.pdf
2012-08-07 14-32 WB to Herman re. deadline for Armstrong re. arbitration.pdf
2012-08-07 16-07 Herman to WB re. Farrell Affidavit.pdf
2012-08-17 WB to Luskin and Talisman re conflict of interest.pdf
2012-08-22 13-21 WB to Herman re. deadline to elect arbitration.pdf
2012-08-23 Herman to WB re. LA rejects arbitration.pdf
2012-08-24 WB to Herman and Luskin re. your 2012-08-23 ltr.pdf


Appendix D (UCI Correspondence)



Appendix E (Federal Court Decision)



Appendix F (Rules)

UCI

USAC

USAT

USADA

USOC

WADA



Appendix G (Correspondence re. Initiating Cases)



Appendix H (Armstrong's Licenses with USA Cycling)



Appendix I (Armstong Elects Not To Go To Arbitration)



Appendix J (Excerpts from Books)



Appendix K (Charts)



Appendix L (Operacion Puerto File + Summary)



Appendix M (Frieburg File + Summary)



Appendix N (Kristin's Korner Blog Entries)



Appendix O (1999 TdF DCOR)



Appendix P (Vrijman Report + WADA Response)



Appendix Q (AFLD Documents re. Responses to DOJ Questions)



Appendix R (AFLD Documents re. Declaration of Jean-Pierre Verdy with Attachments)



Appendix S (Tailwind Corporate Documents)



Appendix T (Lance Armstrong's Testing History)



Appendix U (Transcripts of Video and Audio Clips)



Appendix V (Bologna Court Decision on Ferrari)



Appendix W (News Media)

1998-10-01 Winning the Race of his Life.pdf
1999-07-16 CYCLING Questions on Doping Shadow Armstrong.pdf
1999-07-22 Armstrong Is Engulfed by a Frenzy Over Salve.pdf
1999-07-26 PBS.Tour de Lance.pdf
2000-00-00 Armstrong and Pantani maintain their innocence.pdf
2000-07-24 Time.Lance Armstrong - Uphill Racer.pdf
2000-12-18 Armstrong team assures Tour de France champ will return.pdf
2001-07-01 LATimes.Armstrong Aims for thrid tour victory.pdf
2001-07-10 A new drug scandal - Armstrong responds.pdf
2001-07-16 Accused, Armstrong Defends His Honor.pdf
2003-00-00 90th Tour de France - July 5-27, 2003.pdf
2004-06-29 Doping claims absolutely untrue.pdf
2004-07-13 Armstrongs adviser taints Tour efforts.pdf
2010-05-21 Floyd Landis comes clean, accuses Lance Armstrong.pdf
2010-05-21 Lance Armstrongs Team RadioShack attacks Floyd Landis.pdf
2010-05-25 McQuaid confirms Armstrong donated _100,000 to UCI.pdf
2010-07-03 Lance Armstrong attacks zero credibility of latist Floyd Landis allegations.pdf
2010-07-10 McQuaid reveals Armstong made two donations to the UCI.pdf
2011-04-15 Report - Lance Armstrong, doctor met.pdf
2011-05-24 Verbruggen says Armstrong never, never, never doped.pdf
2011-07-09 Belgiums Wauters wins second stage.pdf
2012-06-15 First Edition Cycling News, Friday, June 15, 2012.pdf
2012-06-28 Lance Armstrong case thickens.pdf
2012-06-29 Armstrong legal team says Landis, Hamilton are part of doping case.pdf
2012-09-21 Verbruggen wont take legal action against Hamilton.pdf
Retributions Against Witnesses - Bassons.pdf
2004-06-15 armstrong-comes-out swinging orielly.pdf
Retributions Against Witnesses - Simeoni (2).pdf


Appendix X (US Postal Service Documents re. USPS Cycling Team)



Appendix Y (Armstrong & Tailwind v. SCA Productions)

Hearing Transcripts

Hearing Exhibits

Claimant Exhibits

Respondant Exhibits

Depositions & Exhibits

Lance Armstrong

Mark Gorski

Stephanie McIlvain

William Stapleton



Appendix Z (Miscellaneous)



Appendix AA (Acceptances of Sanctions)