COLORADO SPRINGS, Colorado, Jan 18, 2013 (AFP) – US Anti-Doping Agency
chief executive Travis Tygart on Thursday called Lance Armstrong’s admission
of doping “a small step in the right direction,” for the shamed cyclist.
“Tonight, Lance Armstrong finally acknowledged that his cycling career was
built on a powerful combination of doping and deceit,” said Tygart, who guided
the USADA probe that led to Armstrong being stripped of the record seven Tour
de France titles and banned from the sport.
Armstrong had previously dubbed USADA’s investigation a “witch-hunt” and
accusing Tygart and his colleagues of pursuing a “vendetta” against him and
going so far as a lawsuit questioning their jurisdiction.
Tygart’s brief statement made reference to none of that, nor did it address
any details of Armstrong’s confessions and which USADA charges Armstrong
verified or challenged.
“His admission that he doped throughout his career is a small step in the
right direction,” Tygart said.
“But if he is sincere in his desire to correct his past mistakes, he will
testify under oath about the full extent of his doping activities.”