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The U.S. Anti-Doping Agency has unanimously recommended filing formal doping charges against U.S. cycling champ Lance Armstrong. The next step in the process is an arbitration hearing. Armstrong has said he will challenge the findings. 'USADA can confirm that the independent three person Anti-Doping Review Board (ADRB) has conducted a full evaluation and has made a unanimous recommendation to move forward with the adjudication process in accordance with the rules,' agency Chief Executive Travis Tygart said.


The agency made some details of its case known in a letter to Armstrong. In the letter dated June 12, the agency said that it has Armstrongs blood samples from 2009 and 2010 that are 'fully consistent' with doping. The agency also has at least 10 former teammates and colleagues of Armstrong that will testify that he used performance-enhancing drugs during races from 1999 to 2005. 'These charges are baseless, motivated by spite and advanced through testimony bought and paid for by promises of anonymity and immunity,' Armstrong said in a statement earlier this month, when news of the agencys intentions first surfaced.


In February, the U.S. Justice Department dropped an investigation centered on whether Armstrong and his teammates cheated the sponsor of their bike racing team with a secret doping program. That decision meant he would not face criminal charges from the two-year-long probe.

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