After Being massively criticized and talk about cutting taxpayer funds to the USADA a counter attack to justify its existence has begun. Aware of the criticism Tygart insisted his agency has handled this case under the same rules as any other. ''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. The report called the evidence ''as strong or stronger than any case brought in USADA's 12 years of existence.''
In a letter Tuesday to the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency, Armstrong attorney
Tim Herman says the agency should send the International Cycling Union
its entire evidence file, not just a limited report packaged to support
the sanctions. Armstrong finally gave up fighting the USADA charges, but insists he never cheated. His attorney, Tim Herman, called the report ''a one-sided hatchet job -
a taxpayer funded tabloid piece rehashing old, disproved, unreliable
allegations based largely on axe-grinders, serial perjurers, coerced
testimony, sweetheart deals and threat-induced stories.''
In a letter sent to USADA attorneys Tuesday, Herman dismissed any
evidence provided by Landis and Hamilton, saying the riders are ''serial
perjurers and have told diametrically contradictory stories under
oath.'' The testimony of Hincapie, one of Armstrong's closest and most loyal
teammates was one of the report's new revelations. ''I would have been much more comfortable talking only about myself,
but understood that I was obligated to tell the truth about everything I
knew. So that is what I did,'' Hincapie said of his testimony. His two-page statement did not mention Armstrong by name. Neither did
statements from three other teammates-turned-witnesses.
It seems Tygart and the taxpayer funded USADA just won't let go of their mission to destroy Armstrong. Please take a moment to read my past post on the ; More on Armstrong and the USADA