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Armstrong at 'center' of doping program, USADA says

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Lance Armstrong was at the center of the "most sophisticated, professionalized and successful doping program" in recent sports history, according to The U.S. Anti-Doping Agency.

The Agency announced its findings Wednesday, and said it would soon release details of its extensive research, which included testimony from 11 of Armstrong's teammates. The facts they uncovered formed the basis of the decision to issue a lifetime suspension and erase his seven Tour de France titles.

USADA CEO Travis Tygart, in a news release, the agency would include more than 1,000 pages of evidence. He listed Armstrong's former teammates George Hincapie, Floyd Landis and Tyler Hamilton among the 11 who provided evidence.

Armstrong spokesman Mark Fabiani declined comment to multiple media outlets. He referred to a letter sent Tuesday by Armstrong's lawyer to the USADA that accused the organization of acting as "prosecutor, judge, jury, appellate court and executioner."

Tygart said the USADA handled this case in the same manner as any other.

"We focused solely on finding the truth without being influenced by celebrity or non-celebrity, threats, personal attacks or political pressure because that is what clean athletes deserve and demand," he said.

Tygart cited evidence from 26 people served as the basis for the report. Other cyclists named were: Frankie Andreu, Michael Barry, Tom Danielson, Levi Leipheimer, Stephen Swart, Christian Vande Velde, Jonathan Vaughters and David Zabriskie.
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