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USADA's Armstrong report to be ready Oct. 15

A much-awaited report on Lance Armstrong's lifetime ban should be sent to cycling's world governing body no later than Oct. 15, a spokesman for the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) said on Wednesday.

"USADA is in the process of finalizing the written reasoned decision in its U.S. Postal Services pro cycling doping case," Annie Skinner said in an email to Reuters.

"We will provide the reasoned decision addressing the lifetime bans and disqualifications imposed to the UCI and WADA as provided for under the world rules. We expect it to be sent no later than Oct. 15."

Armstrong was stripped of his record seven Tour de France wins last month and handed a lifetime ban by the USADA after indicating that he would not challenge charges that he had doped throughout his career. He has always denied doping.

USADA CEO Travis Tygart said earlier this week he expected to send the report by the end of September. No reason was given for the delay.

The International Cycling Union (UCI) is awaiting the report before confirming Armstrong's ban.

"Unless the USADA's decision and case file give serious reasons to do otherwise, the UCI has no intention to appeal to CAS (Court of Arbitration for Sport) or not to recognize the USADA's sanctions on Lance Armstrong," UCI President Pat McQuaid told Reuters in a September interview.

McQuaid said he also wanted to look into the riders who allegedly have testified against Armstrong in exchange for a reduced sentence on past doping offences.

"The UCI assumes that the decision and file will also detail the sanction the USADA may wish to enforce upon the riders who have provided testimony in exchange for reduced sanctions," he said

One of the sporting world's most polarizing figures, Armstrong remains a hero to millions of cancer survivors for beating the disease and coming back to win the Tour de France seven times. To others, he is a drug cheat and fraud.

World Anti-Doping Agency chief John Fahey has said Armstrong's decision not to contest the allegations added up to nothing more than an admission of guilt.

"He had the right to rip up those charges, but he elected not to. Therefore the only interpretation in these circumstances is that there was substance in those charges," Fahey said.

Several former team mates including Floyd Landis and Tyler Hamilton, both admitted dopers, also have accused Armstrong of using performance-enhancing drugs.

1 Comment
October 8, 2012    flyficcio@
I started covering Lance Armstrong in 2004 as he tackled the Vuelta de Murcia road race in preparation for the following Tour de France. I was astonished to find that stick-thin sportsmen, for they really are, could ride uphill for five hours at motorbike speeds and then tell you it was all down to pasta carbohydrate. Testicular cancer had robbed Armstrong's body of normal testosterone levels, so he was able to regulate this for medical purposes. One can easily see how doping could have got out of hand without tripping tests, considering his medical condition. When people finishing 10th were being busted for doping, you had to ask yourself how those in the lead could possibly be on simple durum wheat products. The truth is they weren't, all of Armstrong's main rivals were busted at some time or other. Even teammates have acknowledged witnessing the man himself at it. The most common form of doping used to be what's known as blood packing, using your own red blood cells which have been passed through a centrifuge to eliminate plasma and leave just red blood cells for maximum metabolic oxygen availability. Alberto Contador was busted for this because they could detect traces of the plastic bag his blood cells had been stored in. As sports go, cycling is one of the most difficult to clean up, I reckon.
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