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Former Armstrong teammates deny ban report

  • In this combo of four photos taken Thursday June 28 2012, Levi Leipheimer, George Hincapie, Christian Vande Velde and David Zabriskie of the US pose for photographers during the official riders presentation in Liege, Belgium. A dutch newspaper reported that the four riders, former teammates of seven-time Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong of the US, have struck a deal with the US anti doping agency USADA to admit to using doping and to give evidence against Armstrong in exchange for what is considered a light punishment, a 6-month ban on professional cycling. (AP Photo/Laurent Rebours)

ROUEN, France — A director of Garmin-Sharp denied that any of the cycling team's riders have been banned for six months by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency as part of its doping probe into seven-time Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong.

Jonathan Vaughters said on Thursday that a Dutch media report about six-month bans is "completely untrue."

Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf reported that Vaughters and four other former teammates of Armstrong have been given six-month bans that are to begin in late September.

De Telegraaf cited unnamed "well-informed sources" in its report that Vaughters, George Hincapie, Levi Leipheimer, David Zabriskie and Christian Vande Velde received the bans after admitting to doping and agreeing to give evidence against Armstrong.

Vande Velde and Zabriskie are part of the Garmin team.


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