Dutch Report Riles Lance
Following a report by a Dutch newspaper, Garmin-Sharp team manager Jonathan Vaughters denied that any of his riders had accepted a six-month competition ban from the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) in exchange for testifying against Lance Armstrong in his doping case.
De Telegraaf reported last Thursday that Garmin Tour de France riders David Zabriskie and Christian Vande Velde, as well as Vaughters himself and U.S. riders George Hincapie and Levi Leipheimer had agreed to testify against the seven-time Tour winner in exchange for bans that would begin in late September. (They would have joined former USPS teammates Floyd Landis and Tyler Hamilton, who are confirmed on the USADA's witness list.)
Garmin owner Slipstream Sports also denied the veracity of the article, stating, “We can confirm that our team is entirely focused on the Tour and media reports of suspensions are untrue," according to The Associated Press.
True or not, Lance Armstrong again came out swinging, responding this afternoon to the media attention the report has garnered via Twitter—painting himself as (surprise!) the victim.
And a few hours later...