Life bans for Lance's partners

2012-07-10 21:08

Colorado Springs - The pressure mounted on America's seven-time Tour de France champion Lance Armstrong on Tuesday as three former close associates were banned for life from sport, the US Anti-Doping Agency announced on Tuesday.

Former US Postal doctor Luis Garcia del Moral, Armstrong's personal trainer and consultant to the team Michele Ferrari and coach "Pepe" Marti were handed life-time bans for their roles in what USADA termed 'systematic doping within the team.'

"Permanently banning these individuals from sport is a powerful statement that protects the current and next generation of athletes from their influence, and preserves the integrity of future competition," read a statement by USADA chief executive officer Travis Tygart.

This trio are part of the group of six, including Armstrong, who were accused by USADA in June of being part of a doping conspiracy during his years as Tour de France champion (1996-2001), the move coming four months after a two-year US government probe into Armstrong ended with no criminal charges.

Another doctor Pedro Celaya, who is presently team doctor to the RadioShack team, and sporting director Johan Bruyneel are also accused of being involved.


  • millionwatts1 - 2012-07-10 21:30

    Good move. Now close in on him.

  • jason.dutoit - 2012-07-10 21:55

    regardless of whether or not he doped, his titles need to be stripped, as he benefited from the doping of his team mates

      david.goliath.355 - 2012-07-11 07:58

      Droplet, as a ex-cyclist I can tell you that all pro cyclists dope and drug, every single one of them so why just go after Armstrong, either investigate all or none. Even the current TDF guys are on something and their masking agents are so good that drug tests cannot pick up the drugs. Even the guys that come second and third are on something so if you strip Armstong of His titles then you must strip all the second places and third places and so on.

  • gungets.tuft - 2012-07-10 22:31

    Oh please. All of them dope, then and now. There is no way on earth that they can keep that level of performance going for the whole tour. Best doctor wins. Cycling is at the forefront of performance drug development, they are 2 steps ahead of the anti-doping agencies all the time. Only once they have retired, and if the doping cops have kept urine and blood samples for 3 - 5 years, will the testing have caught up to the specialists developing the drugs, and then they will be seen as guilty of doping. By then, who really cares. Every single TdF champ since the 1920's has been guilty, the technology was just not available to catch them. Still isn't.

  • bernard.ingram - 2012-07-11 04:39

    Armstrong has been tested again and again and again and never tested positive. So how can they say he tested positive for something that was not on their list. Stupidity reigns supreme in the USA!

  • mcarinhas - 2012-07-12 16:42

    Pro cyclists have all taken them sometime during their careers. Armstrong as far as i know, was the most tested cyclist on tour. To now go strip his medals and banned him for life from the sport is completely absurd. The man’s career has finished, if he was still competing then that would be a different story. They should worry about the present athletes on tour, the current guys racing the 2012 TDF have all taken performance enhancing drugs sometime in their careers. I don’t condone drugs in sports, but this is not the way to go about it imo. Lance is and will always be a true legend!! For those involved in sports will know it’s not only seen in cycling but in any competitive sport, Rugby, track and field, swimming blah blah the list goes on.

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