The riders who participated in the USPS Team doping conspiracy and truthfully assisted have been courageous in making the choice to stop perpetuating the sporting fraud, and they have suffered greatly. In addition to the public revelations, the active riders have been suspended and disqualified appropriately in line with the rules.
In some part, it would have been easier for them if it all would just go away; however, they love the sport, and they want to help young athletes have hope that they are not put in the position they were - to face the reality that in order to climb to the heights of their sport they had to sink to the depths of dangerous cheating.
I have personally talked with and heard these athletes’ stories and firmly believe that, collectively, these athletes, if forgiven and embraced, have a chance to leave a legacy far greater for the good of the sport than anything they ever did on a bike. Lance Armstrong was given the same opportunity to come forward and be part of the solution. He rejected it.
The 11 teammates who testified against Lance Armstrong are: Frankie Andreu, Michael Barry, Tom Danielson, Tyler Hamilton, George Hincapie, Floyd Landis, Levi Leipheimer, Stephen Swart, Christian Vande Velde, Jonathan Vaughters and David Zabriskie.
A 30ft effigy of the disgraced cyclist wearing a Jim'll Fix It badge will be torched in front of thousands of people on Saturday night.
The UCI confirmed Lance Armstrong's lifetime ban and stripping of his Tour titles, but defended itself in cycling's "worst" doping scandal.
Nike has dropped their sponsorship deal with Lance Armstrong as the disgraced cyclist quits his own charity.