Lance Armstrong: Witnesses to confess to doping in exchange for testimony
Lance Armstrong of the US is seen prior to the start of the first stage of the Tour de France cycling race over 223,5 kilometers (139 miles) with start in Rotterdam, Netherlands and finish in Brussels, Belgium, Sunday July 4, 2010. (AP Photo/Bas Czerwinski)
Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf is reporting that at least five former team-mates of Lance Armstrong have made a deal with USADA to announce damning testimony against Armstrong in exchange for leniency as they admit to doping themselves.
It is reported riders Levi Leipheimer, Dave Zabriskie, Christian Vande Velde, George Hincapie and Jonathan Vaughters, will confess to doping and launch fresh allegation on the seven-time Tour de France winner Armstrong.
Leipheimer, Zabriskie, Vande Velde, Hincapie are all currently riding the Tour de France, while Vaughters is overseeing the efforts of Garmin-Sharp.
There are other riders also involved who are yet to be named.
Reports suggest that the deal being offered by USADA will slap a six month suspended sentence on the riders who admit to doping but who offer evidence against Armstrong.
The De Telegraaf report suggests the ban will not begin until as late as September or October of this year, meaning all four active riders will in theory be okay to ride the end of the Tour de France, the Olympics, as well potentially the Vuelta a Espana.
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