The doping charge against Lance Armstrong continues to spark controversies. The U.S. Anti-Doping Agency has charged the seven-time Tour de France champion to have been doping and supported a doping conspiracy during his time with the U.S. Postal Service and Discovery Channel teams. A report about a deal has Lance Armstrong complaining about vendetta against him.
This Thursday, The Daily Beast had a telephone interview with Lance Armstrong about a controversial report involving his former teammates and the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency. George Hincapie and several other former teammates have agreed to testify against Lance Armstrong at the request of the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency.
“They’ve got no physical evidence, no lab work, no positive tests”, Armstrong told The Daily Beast. “They can go out and coerce testimony, and that’s all they need with the burden of proof so low” he said.
But it was Travis Tygart, chief executive of the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency that was particularly targeted by Armstrong. “They just keep moving the goalposts. It’s unfortunate for me, because I’m in the middle of it, but it’s unfortunate for all athletes…” he stated. “If I can’t face my accusers, that’s a joke. We did that in medieval times” said Armstrong.
De Telegraaf is the newspaper that presented the deal that got Armstrong so fired up. Jonathan Vaughters, George Hincapie, Levi Leipheimer, Christian Vande Velde and David Zabriskie were the five cyclists that were given suspensions after cutting a deal with the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency.
The deal meant the five athletes had to confirm the doping allegations and to testify against Lance Armstrong. Their suspension does leave them free to compete in this year’s edition of Tour de France, and Armstrong says he understands that. “It’s a deal too good to turn down. I don’t fault these guys. They were taken advantage of” he said.
Last month, Armstrong’s lawyer said Tygart had “offered inducements to witnesses to furnish damaging testimony against Lance in the criminal case”. He also added that the agency is “not in fact interested in his testimony but in his confession; and that anything short of an admission of persistent drug use would not be deemed truthful”.