USADA points to October 15 as new goal to submit Armstrong case file
BOULDER, Colorado (VN) — The U.S. Anti-Doping Agency plans to hand over the Lance Armstrong case file to the Union Cycliste Internationale no later than October 15, the agency’s media relations manager tells VeloNews. The October date is much later than anticipated.
The UCI has been putting the media screws to USADA over the past two weeks, openly pondering what has taken the American agency so long in its transfer of the Armstrong files.
The story has dominated the pro cycling landscape for the last 3.5 months, since the June 13 leak of USADA’s initial letter that outlined the accusations against Armstrong, manager Johan Bruyneel and a host of doctors that worked with various teams Armstrong rode for and Bruyneel directed.
The story reared up at the Tour de France when the names of George Hincapie, Levi Leipheimer, Christian Vande Velde and David Zabriskie surfaced as having provided Armstrong testimony and requested to not be named to the U.S. Olympic Team. Armstrong announced during the USA Pro Challenge in August that he would not continue to fight the charges against him and would accept a lifetime ban.
The USADA findings were anticipated to break weeks ago, and media tension — and the pressure within the sport itself — has built with each passing moment. Now, everyone will just have to wait a little bit longer.
“USADA is in the process of finalizing the written reasoned decision in its U.S. Postal Services pro cycling doping case,” Annie Skinner told VeloNews on Monday. “We will provide the reasoned decision addressing the lifetime bans and disqualifications imposed to the UCI and WADA as provided for under the world rules. We expect it to be sent no later than October 15.”