(WXIA) -- The U.S. Anti-Doping Agency paints Lance Armstrong as the veritable Godfather of doping.
And just like a crime syndicate, complicit riders on the U.S. Postal Service team followed the rule of "Omerta" or code of silence, to protect their Patron of the Peloton or "leader of the pack" from being discovered during what the USADA called the "Dirtiest Era Ever" in cycling, according to evidence released by the agency Wednesday.
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The documents are more than a thousand pages deep with legal narratives, evidentiary exhibits, and affidavits. The report insists that the evidence against Armstrong is clear and convincing:
- There are more than 2-dozen witnesses
- Eleven of them are former teammates
- Many of them admitted to doping themselves
USADA's paradigm places Armstrong at the top, calling the shots and pushing his fellow teammates to use and supply performance enhancing drugs. Those were funneled into the mix by a doping doctor.
A federal criminal investigation was also done, but it was dropped for lack of evidence that Armstrong had done anything wrong.
However, the USADA report says the cycling legend was in actuality a "serial" cheater, who used a number of dirty tricks-of-the-trade.
- Using olive oil infused with testosterone
- Transfusions with souped-up blood
- Hidden saline drips to dilute and hide illegal chemicals in Armstrong's system
Further, the investigation found that the U.S Postal cycling team "delivered," so to speak, giving performance-enhanced drugs to Armstrong personally, watching him give himself shots and bullying non-doping riders.
The International Cycling Union (UCI) has 21 days to examine the USADA report and challenge or accept its position of jurisdiction in the Armstrong case, among several other legal questions that could impact USADA's decision to strip the cycling legend of his victories.
In the past, the UCI has been critical of the USADA case against Armstrong.
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