Usada chief insists Armstrong lying about extent of his doping


United States Anti-Doping Agency head Travis Tygart has claimed Lance Armstrong is still lying about the full extent of his doping past.

Tygart, the Usada chief executive, who was one of the key figures in exposing the disgraced cyclist, insisted there was scientific proof that Armstrong did use performance-enhancing drugs on his comeback to the sport, in 2009 and 2010.

In his interview with Oprah Winfrey the cyclist insisted he raced clean when he came out of retirement.

But Tygart told CBS’s 60 Minutes programme: “ just contrary to the evidence. The evidence is clear. His blood tests in 2009, 2010, expert reports based on the variation of his blood values from those tests – one to a million chance that it was due to something other than doping.”

Tygart claimed there were clear reasons for Armstrong to proclaim his innocence during those later years as it meant he would be exempt from criminal prosecution, because there is a five-year statute on a charge of fraud.

Meanwhile, the high-profile trial of a Spanish doctor accused of masterminding a doping ring in cycling got off to an anti-climactic start when his testimony was postponed until today.

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