Lance Armstrong's nemesis set to name names

Usada's Travis Tygart reveals he's in discussions with cycling's doping reform commission about how to clean up sport

The US Anti-Doping Agency is prepared to reveal the list of 37 redacted names included in its investigation of Lance Armstrong to the independent commission created to look into the sport's tarnished past.

Travis Tygart, Usada's chief executive and the man who brought down Armstrong, has disclosed that there have been discussions with the Cycling Independent Reform Commission over sharing information from Usada's exhaustive inquiry and in particular the identities of a number of riders and support staff allegedly linked to doping who have yet to be named publicly.

The CIRC was set up by Brian Cookson after he ousted the controversial Pat McQuaid as president of the UCI, cycling's governing body, in September and is scheduled to report in January 2015.

Tygart believes it must be conducted with alacrity in order to capitalise on a "moment in time" and the sport has to ensure it looks beyond only riders who have doped and clean out a "dirty system" with the focus on team owners, coaches and medics.

"Just because you change the top the dirty system doesn't necessarily change," said Tygart. "When you've doped in the past with success, particularly as a doctor, team owner, coach, director and you've never been exposed, the likelihood that you are going to continue that practice of doping and not getting caught is huge.

"We all want to turn the page. But the job is not done. Time is of the essence."

Tygart believes the threat of doping remains because the "system" remains. "So as long as those people stayed in the system, doped and never got caught, the odds of them changing their behaviour are not very high when the spoils of victory are so very high."

The redacted names were ones that came up in the course of Usada's investigations – an investigation sustained despite intense domestic political pressure on Tygart and Usada to drop it – and some are subject to on-going investigations.

The CIRC, made up of a three-strong panel chaired by the well-regarded Swiss politician Dick Marty, will conduct its hearings in private and anyone who gives evidence may be granted anonymity. There will also be potentially reduced sanctions offered to anyone giving evidence. If Usada do hand the list of names to CIRC it does not mean it will be published, although Tygart hopes if evidence is accumulated against individuals the names will come out.

He also noted that before Cookson replaced McQuaid, who along with his predecessor Hein Verbruggen has been accused of at best doing little to combat doping and at worst colluding in a cover up of Armstrong's doping, there was no interest from the UCI in establishing the identity of the redacted names.

"We've had communication with the CIRC that we are going to present this all to them because there is a whole lot of information out there that would be helpful in cleaning out the system that is there," said Tygart, speaking at the Tackling Doping in Sport conference at Wembley. "I am hopeful the new CIRC process will deal with all of that and it will all be out in public and we can finally put a stake in the ground so this can never happen again."

Tygart does not believe the process would be harmed, should Armstrong himself not give evidence. "It would be good for him to participate, but the success of this CIRC is not based at all on the information or not that Lance Armstrong may bring up.

"Most of the material and information that he has has already been brought out," said Tygart, whose organisation last had contact with Armstrong in November.

News
In 2006, Pluto was reclassified as a 'dwarf planet'
scienceBut will it be reinstated?
Voices
voicesI like surprises - that's why I'm bringing them back to politics, writes Nigel Farage
News
Destructive discourse: Jewish boys look at anti-Semitic graffiti sprayed on to the walls of the synagogue in March 2006, near Tel Aviv
news

As anti-Semitic attacks rise, Grant Feller re-evaluates his identity

Arts and Entertainment
Adam Levine plays a butcher who obsessively stalks a woman in Maroon 5's 'Animals' music video
music'Animals' video 'promotes sexual violence against women'
PROMOTED VIDEO
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
News
people Biographer says cinema’s enduring sex symbol led a secret troubled life
News
newsGlobal index has ranked the quality of life for OAPs - but the UK didn't even make it into the top 10
News
people

Kirstie Allsopp has waded into the female fertility debate again

News
The moon observed in visible light, topography and the GRAIL gravity gradients
science

...and it wasn't caused by an asteroid crash, as first thought

News
people
Life and Style
food and drink

Savoury patisserie is a thing now

News
Researchers say a diet of fatty foods could impede smell abilities
scienceMeasuring the sense may predict a person's lifespan
Sport
footballArsenal 4 Galatasaray 1: Wenger celebrates 18th anniversary in style
News
Gillian Anderson was paid less than her male co-star David Duchovny for three years while she was in the The X-Files until she protested and was given the same salary
people

Gillian Anderson lays into gender disparity in Hollywood

News
peopleStella McCartney apologises over controversial Instagram picture
Life and Style
Laid bare: the Good2Go app ensures people have a chance to make their intentions clear about having sex
techCould Good2Go end disputes about sexual consent - without being a passion-killer?
Caption competition
Caption competition
Latest stories from i100
Daily Quiz
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

iJobs Job Widget
iJobs General

Head of IT Change – West Sussex – Up to £60k DOE – Permanent

£55000 - £60000 Per Annum plus excellent benefits: Clearwater People Solutions...

IT Services Team Leader

£35000 - £40000 Per Annum: Clearwater People Solutions Ltd: Our client, a prog...

KS2 Teacher

£90 - £120 per day + tax deductable expenses: Randstad Education Leicester: Ke...

Foundation Teacher

£90 - £120 per day: Randstad Education Leicester: Our client is seeking to app...

Italian couples fake UK divorce scam on an ‘industrial scale’

Welcome to Maidenhead, the divorce capital of... Italy

A look at the the legal tourists who exploited our liberal dissolution rules
Tom and Jerry cartoons now carry a 'racial prejudice' warning on Amazon

Tom and Jerry cartoons now carry a 'racial prejudice' warning on Amazon

The vintage series has often been criticised for racial stereotyping
An app for the amorous: Could Good2Go end disputes about sexual consent - without being a passion-killer?

An app for the amorous

Could Good2Go end disputes about sexual consent - without being a passion-killer?
Llansanffraid is now Llansantffraid. Welsh town changes its name, but can you spot the difference?

Llansanffraid is now Llansantffraid

Welsh town changes its name, but can you spot the difference?
Charlotte Riley: At the peak of her powers

Charlotte Riley: At the peak of her powers

After a few early missteps with Chekhov, her acting career has taken her to Hollywood. Next up is a role in the BBC’s gangster drama ‘Peaky Blinders’
She's having a laugh: Britain's female comedians have never had it so good

She's having a laugh

Britain's female comedians have never had it so good, says stand-up Natalie Haynes
Sistine Chapel to ‘sing’ with new LED lights designed to bring Michelangelo’s masterpiece out of the shadows

Let there be light

Sistine Chapel to ‘sing’ with new LEDs designed to bring Michelangelo’s masterpiece out of the shadows
Great British Bake Off, semi-final, review: Richard remains the baker to beat

Tensions rise in Bake Off's pastry week

Richard remains the baker to beat as Chetna begins to flake
Paris Fashion Week, spring/summer 2015: Time travel fashion at Louis Vuitton in Paris

A look to the future

It's time travel fashion at Louis Vuitton in Paris
The 10 best bedspreads

The 10 best bedspreads

Before you up the tog count on your duvet, add an extra layer and a room-changing piece to your bed this autumn
Arsenal vs Galatasaray: Five things we learnt from the Emirates

Arsenal vs Galatasaray

Five things we learnt from the Gunners' Champions League victory at the Emirates
Stuart Lancaster’s long-term deal makes sense – a rarity for a decision taken by the RFU

Lancaster’s long-term deal makes sense – a rarity for a decision taken by the RFU

This deal gives England a head-start to prepare for 2019 World Cup, says Chris Hewett
Ebola outbreak: The children orphaned by the virus – then rejected by surviving relatives over fear of infection

The children orphaned by Ebola...

... then rejected by surviving relatives over fear of infection
Pride: Are censors pandering to homophobia?

Are censors pandering to homophobia?

US film censors have ruled 'Pride' unfit for under-16s, though it contains no sex or violence
The magic of roundabouts

Lords of the rings

Just who are the Roundabout Appreciation Society?