Lance Armstrong was disqualified in 2012 from participating in competitive cycling events after evidence from the United States Anti-Doping Agency revealed his history of cheating. (George Burns/Oprah Winfrey Network via Getty Images)
In documents obtained this week by USA Today, Lance Armstrong revealed specific names of those who aided in his years of doping, casting a light on everyone from his masseuse to his bike mechanic.
The information he made available came from a line of questioning in November in which he testified under oath during a lawsuit. The answers weren't made available until Wednesday, marking the first time he went public with specific information about a legacy of deceit since he first came clean about his practices in an interview with Oprah Winfrey in January 2013. The information obtained by USA Today Sports came from documents that were part of another lawsuit filed in federal court by the lawyer representing Floyd Landis, Armstrong's former teammate.
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According to the report:
When asked who provided him with performance-enhancing drugs during his cycling career, Armstrong replied with four names: trainer Pepi Marti, Dr. Pedro Celaya, Dr. Luis Garcia del Moral and Dr. Michele Ferrari, all part of Armstrong's cycling entourage.
When asked who delivered the drugs he used to cheat in races, Armstrong replied with more names: masseuse Emma O'Reilly, bike mechanic Julien de Vriese and Philippe Maire, who has previously been described as "Motoman," a motorbike courier.
Virtually everyone the 42-year-old Armstrong names has previously denied any involvement or knowledge of the doping that he recently admitted to during those years spanning his Tour de France victories from 1999 to 2005. He has since been stripped of those medals and has been barred from participating in any future professional cycling competitions. Though he admitted to using blood boosters as early as 1995, he maintained a previous position that he did not use PEDs when he came back from testicular cancer in 2009 and 2010.
The federal court documents filed this week also say that while he did not pay anyone to keep his doping a secret, he has provided "benefits or made contributions" to people and institutions who may have been aware of his use of PEDs:
"Armstrong has not paid or offered to pay someone to keep his or others' doping a secret," he stated. "However, Armstrong has, on occasion, provided benefits or made contributions to many people and institutions, some of whom may have been aware of, or suspected Armstrong's use of performance-enhancing drugs and banned methods. Armstrong never provided any such benefits or contributions with the intent for it to be a payoff to keep doping a secret."SI CYCLING: Cancellara repeats as Tour of Flanders winner