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Doping documentation on Lance Armstrong's team made public

Says team ran 'most sophisticated, professionalized' doping ever

(ANSA) - New York, October 10 - The United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) announced it was making its findings public in a doping scandal that stripped American cyclist Lance Armstrong of his Tour de France titles, besmirched his team, and got their Italian doping doctor, Michele Ferrari, banned for life. "The evidence shows beyond any doubt that the US Postal Service Pro Cycling Team ran the most sophisticated, professionalized and successful doping program that sport has ever seen," the USADA said in its announcement on Wednesday. The evidence fills over 1,000 pages and "includes sworn testimony from 26 people, including 15 riders with knowledge of the US Postal Service Team...and its participants' doping activities," the statement said. "The evidence also includes direct documentary evidence including financial payments, emails, scientific data and laboratory test results that further prove the use, possession and distribution of performance-enhancing drugs by Lance Armstrong," the statement continued, adding that tens of millions of American tax-payer dollars had funded the team. USADA said it had forwarded its investigation report and decision to the Union Cyclists International (UCI), the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) and the World Triathlon Corporation (WTC). In addition, the document is to be posted online for public access at the USADA website, www.usada.org, on Wednesday. At the same time, the USADA praised US Postal riders for confessing their violations and taking their punishment as a constructive step toward cleaning up the sport. USADA called for the UCI to act on its proposal for creating meaningful "truth and reconciliation" to help riders "unshackle" the sport from the past and purge the secretive, destructive practices from cycling.

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