NY Times slams Lance Armstrong
CYCLING hero Lance Armstrong is being described as the centre of the most sophisticated drug program in recent sports history, according to the New York Times.
Famous for seven-straight Tour de France wins and his prolific Livestrong cancer support charity, the rider is the centre of a United States Anti-Doping Agency report which includes a 202-page account of its case against him.
The American paper reported it was the most extensive and groundbreaking layout of Armstrong's alleged doping in the US Postal service team including new interviews, financial statements and laboratory results.
"The USPS Team doping conspiracy was professionally designed to groom and pressure athletes to use dangerous drugs, to evade detection, to ensure its secrecy and ultimately gain an unfair competitive advantage through superior doping practices," the agency said.
"A program organized by individuals who thought they were above the rules and who still play a major and active role in sport today."
Armstrong's camp vehemently and repeatedly denies the allegations of drug use.
One of his lawyers told the New York Times via email the report "will be a one-sided hatchet job" relying on testimonies gained through threats, coercion and using people who had an issue with Armstrong.