According to Cycling News 5 former teammates have given evidence alleging that Armstrong doped, in exchange for a 6 month ban (which coincidentally doesn't start until the end of the season).
Sounds fishy to me.....and could be a few tense moments in the peleton today.
Vaughters is tweeting as if this is legit...the story has been broken by de Telegraf (Dutch), El Pais (Spanish) & Gazzetta, assumedly using the same sources. Apparently the UCI has sent USADA a bit of a please explain about why it's come out via the press & Prudhomme's already said he knows nothing of the matter & can't comment on any effect on the Tour.
Evans isn't as clean as you think he is.......for a start there are the Swisse vitamin pills and then there are those hardcore Winners Bars.
Evans should be stripped of his title just for making those bl**dy Swisse ads!
Yeah....especially the first frame of that Swisse ad where Cadel flicks his head around and dons his sunglasses...it's so bad its good.
I'm not saying it shouldn't happen, but this prosecution feels me with sadness. We all know how much widespread influence and cred Lance's name carries, but George is such an icon too. We've had the whiff of suspicion about the other names....but I always liked George. *sigh*
So the teammates lie to U.S. Attorneys -dropped case but come clean to the Anti doping agency... Isn' the first perjury?
nah as mentioned below, the US Attorney's course was all about whether there was evidence that the US Postal sponsorship money was funding doping, breaking the sponsorship agreements & defrauding a US govt agency.
The story claims that this list of riders came from those who gave evidence to that investigation but couldn't be tainted with the claims of having already been busted (i.e. Hamilton & Landis).
Surely you'd prove that doping was actually going on before embarking on a case to prove that Armstrong was defrauding the US Postal Service by using their money to fund doping.
Yup I agree...George Hincapie rates alongside Voigt and O'Grady as stalwarts of whats good about pro cycling. What makes me smell a rat is that they have allegedly been offered a deal for fessing up...and a 6 month ban coinciding with the end of the season also seems to me to be more like a deal. Hypothetically speaking, what if the 5 have been put under enormous pressure to say things and then offered a deal that doesn't really stop them riding?
There's alot of unanswered questions...
If there were at least 6 guys doping how come none ever got caught?
What were they doing/taking that evaded WADA?
Why didn't these guys fess up when the initial investigation was done (ie what have USADA done to get them to talk now)?