Lance Armstrong reveals names of those who helped doping conspiracy

Lance Armstrong named names under oath last November. (USATSI)

Lance Armstrong implicated, by name, numerous members of his cycling entourage, including those who provided him with performance enhancing drugs, according to documents recently revealed by USAToday.

The new information Armstrong provided was given under oath last November – a result of a lawsuit against him by Acceptance Insurance – but only came to light earlier this week after being filed in federal court as part of another lawsuit, this one from his former teammate Floyd Landis.

As for who provided the cyclist with PEDs, Armstrong named four people: trainer Pepi Marti, Dr. Pedro Celaya, Dr. Luis Garcia del Moral and Dr. Michele Ferrari.

When further pressed about how he obtained the PEDs, Armstrong implicated his masseuse, Emma O’Reilly, bike mechanic Julien de Vriese, and Philippe Maire, a motorbike courier.

This is the first time Armstrong has been on the record since he admitted to cheating in the highly publicized interview with Oprah in January 2013. He didn’t include any names when he initially came clean.

According to the report, nearly all of the people Armstrong implicated have denied their involvement in his schemes.

In his latest testimony, Armstrong again admitted to doping from 1999 through 2005, but reiterated that he hadn’t used PEDs during his comeback in 2009 and 2010.

The insurance company was looking to recoup $3 million it had paid to Armstrong as a result of faulty bonuses the athlete had acquired. He eventually reached a settlement with the company, but his comments were revealed thanks to the lawsuit from Landis.

Armstrong’s former teammate joined with the federal government in 2013 in suing Armstrong under claims that the USPS wouldn’t have paid $40 million from 1998 to 2004 in sponsorship money had it known that doping was an issue. 

In his latest testimony, Armstrong was also asked to name those he had paid to keep his doping a secret.

Armstrong “has not paid or offered to pay someone to keep his or others’ doping a secret,” he said with written answers under oath. “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.” 

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