Lance Armstrong witnesses confess

Posted On By Todd F. Cole

In exchange for partial immunity from the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USDA), four of Lance Armstrong’s former team mates have testified that the seven-time Tour de France winner used performance-enhancing drugs, according to Holland’s De Telegraaf newspaper.

Citing “well-informed sources”, the Dutch paper claims that George Hincapie, Jonathan Vaughters, Levi Leipheimer, David Zabriskie and Christian Vande Velde have admitted to doping and cut a deal with the USADA, which would entitle them to  curtailed, six-month suspensions (to be served over winter) if they gave evidence against Armstrong.

However, Zabriskie and Vande Velde categorically deny the claims: “We can confirm that our Tour team is entirely focused on the Tour and media reports of suspensions are untrue,” said a spokesperson.

Travis Tygart, CEO of the USADA, condemned the report as witness intimidation, saying that attempts to bully those who are willing to testify against Armstrong “cannot be tolerated.”

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