CAPE TOWN, South Africa (AP) — Former Lance Armstrong teammate David George will have the opportunity to reveal how and when he took the blood-boosting drug EPO and if he used it when he raced with the disgraced U.S. cyclist over a decade ago.
George admitted to using EPO in August and is facing a two-year ban by the South African Institute for Drug-Free Sport pending a hearing that has yet to be scheduled.
Any information George provides will be weighed in deciding his discipline, said Khalid Galant, SAIDS’ chief executive.
“He can name people,” Galant said.
SAIDS had no evidence against George before his positive result from an out-of-competition test in August, and no authority to question him on events before that. But Galant said the former South African Olympic rider and two-time Commonwealth Games medalist was free to tell how and when he received the drug — and if he was using it when he rode for Armstrong on his U.S. Postal Service team in 1999 and 2000.
“He can come forward and tell how he received the drug, if there was an infrastructure. We treat that confidentially,” Galant said.
Armstrong was banned for life and stripped of his seven Tour de France titles following a report by the United States Anti-Doping Agency. Other former Armstrong teammates testified against him in the USADA report, which said Armstrong used steroids, EPO and blood transfusions.
Armstrong is also being investigated by the International Olympic Committee over the bronze medal he won at the Sydney Games in 2000.
George admitted using EPO on Tuesday soon after his positive test was announced by SAIDS and said he would not challenge the finding because he knew the B sample result would be the same. He was suspended by Cycling South Africa.
George has lost two of his sponsors since admitting to doping, and Galant said George would have to pay back the $14,500 in prize money from a race he won after he tested positive.
His place on the podium from that race would also be “rescinded,” Galant said.
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