After years of whispers, Lance Armstrong has officially been labeled a drug cheat.
The US Anti-Doping Agency alleged that blood samples collected in 2009 and 2010 were "fully consistent" with blood doping, according to a 15-page charging letter made public Wednesday. Armstrong did not test positive during that stretch, but USADA officials believe the laboratory findings along with other evidence it has collected is enough to warrant doping charges.
"USADA only initiates matters supported by the evidence," USADA CEO Travis Tygart said in a statement. "We do not choose whether or not we do our job based on outside pressures, intimidation or for any reason other than the evidence. Our duty on behalf of clean athletes and those that value the integrity of sport is to fairly and thoroughly evaluate all the evidence available and when there is credible evidence of doping, take action under the established rules."
Armstrong, as he has throughout his decorated cycling career, denied the ...