Lance Armstrong, Cycling’s All-Time Great, Faces Lifetime Ban For Doping – Forbes

Lance Armstrong, Cycling’s All-Time Great, Faces Lifetime Ban For Doping – Forbes.

Nader Nazemi

The U.S. Anti-Doping Agency has brought formal doping charges against cycling greatLance Armstrong.
According to the USADA’s charging letter, which was obtained by The Wall Street Journal, “numerous riders, team personnel and others will testify based on personal knowledge” that Armstrong is guilty of doping while he was a professional cyclist.
The non-profit organization, which is partially funded by the U.S. government and is tasked with managing the anti-doping programs and policies of U.S. Olympic teams, alleges that Armstrong and five former cycling team associates engaged in a doping conspiracy from 1998 to 2011.
Armstrong is accused not only of using erythropoietin (EPO), testosterone and cortisone, but also of distributing and administering the banned substances to other cyclists.
The USADA also alleges that Armstrong engaged in blood doping, in which blood is drawn from an athlete before a competition and reinfused to increase the athlete’s red blood cell count, as well as received saline and plasma infusions to mask use of EPO and blood transfusions.
Armstrong won the Tour de France seven consecutive times from 1999 to 2005. He will be stripped of the titles if the charges against him are sustained.
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