The U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) has released a devastating report accusing Lance Armstrong, the seven-time winner of the Tour de France, of orchestrating what it described as the most sophisticated doping ring in recent sports history. The agency, which partly based its massive report on testimony from a battery of Armstrong's former cycling teammates, said Armstrong was involved in doping, supplying dope to teammates, forcing his team to dope, and using elaborate techniques to evade detection — all to gain an advantage over the competition. Armstrong rejected USADA's charges, saying through a lawyer that its report was a "one-sided hatchet job." Armstrong in August said he would not contest the charges (possibly to avoid a public airing of the accusations), though he maintained that he had never used illegal drugs to enhance his performance.
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