Posted November 11, 2013 on
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Excerpts from an Associated Press interview with USADA chief executive Travis Tygart, who led the American anti-doping agency's case against Lance Armstrong that resulted in the cyclist being stripped of his seven Tour de France titles and banned for life in 2012:
On Armstrong's comments that he was singled out by USADA and not offered the same deal as other riders who doped and received lesser bans:
''We spent, I don't know, a week to 10 days talking, various phone calls with his lawyers. We sent him a letter saying, `We want you to be truthful.' Their response was: `Your process is a charade. We've never doped. Get lost.' And so we were forced. You can go back and play some semantic game if you want to. The reality is at that point he attempted to bankrupt us and win the case against us and continued to conceal the truth. ... We gave him the opportunity to come in and be truthful.''
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