NEW YORK (PIX11)—Whether for cycling fans, or for those who love a good comeback, the report released by the US Anti-Doping Agency is a punch in the heart. In recent years, Lance Armstrong’s name has increasingly become stained and with the report released Wednesday – any chances of a comeback became extraordinarily slim.
The report runs more than 200 pages and penetrates the traditional code of silence in cycling. Containing sworn testimony from 26 people, the most damning comes from nearly a dozen of Armstrong’s former teammates – who admit to doping themselves, to knowledge that Armstrong was doping, and that the 7 time Tour de France winner, “required that they adhere to the doping program outlined for them or be replaced. He was not just a part of the doping culture on his team, he enforced and re-enforced it.”
Armstrong continues to deny the charges – calling the report a ‘witch hunt’ at the expense of taxpayers. But taxpayers were behind tens of millions in federal funding Armstrong’s team, US Postal Service, received.
As the report was released, one of Armstrong’s closest Lieutenants who also testified for the USADA report issued a statement apologizing to his family for being dishonest. “I used banned substance,” said George Hincapie who rode alongside Armstrong for all 7 of his Tour de France wins, “… it was not possible to compete at the highest level without them. I deeply regret that choice and sincerely apologize to my family, teammates and fans.”