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Armstrong ‘at heart of conspiracy’

INDICTMENT:The US Anti-Doping Agency accuses Lance Armstrong and his team of running the most sophisticated doping plan that cycling has ever seen


Tygart said that “Lance Armstrong was given the same opportunity to come forward and be part of the solution. He rejected it.”

Herman attacked the credibility of USADA’s findings, saying a federal probe ended with no charges filed against Armstrong, although USADA said it received no evidence from that investigation and was not seeking violations of law.

Herman also renewed Armstrong’s objections to USADA’s appeal system to a US arbitration panel and the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS), saying the inability to appeal to the US court system rather than CAS was “diabolical.”

“The process is completely rigged. I don’t care what Travis Tygart says,” Herman said. “Christians dealing with the lions in Rome had a better record than athletes dealing with USADA. It’s a rigged system.”

The UCI has challenged USADA’s authority to bring charges against Armstrong and the sanctions against Armstrong could wind up before CAS.

Tygart denied Armstrong’s claims of a “witch hunt” against him, saying USADA pressed the case as it would have against any suspected dope cheat.

“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,” Tygart said.

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