USADA says Armstrong took steroids and blood boosters to win the Tour de France every year from 1999 to 2005. Penalties could include a lifetime ban from cycling and loss of his titles. USADA has said former teammates of Armstrong will testify that his teams had a long-running doping program.
"The rules in place have protected the rights of athletes for over a decade in every case USADA has adjudicated," USADA CEO Travis Tygart said in a statement, "and we look forward to a timely, public arbitration hearing in this case, should Mr. Armstrong choose, where the evidence can be presented, witness testimony will be given under oath and subject to cross examination, and an independent panel of arbitrators will determine the outcome of the case."
Tim Herman, a lawyer for Armstrong, was pleased Sparks was concerned about USADA's motives.
"UCI has asserted that it has exclusive authority to decide whether charges should be brought in this case and has directed USADA not to proceed further," Herman said in a statement. "We are reviewing the court's lengthy opinion and considering Mr. Armstrong's options at this point."
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