U.S. Anti-Doping Agency Hands Down Lifetime Bans

In a press release yesterday, the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) gave lifetime bands to three of the conspirators named with in the former U.S. Postal Service doping conspiracy last  month.  Dr. Michele Ferrari, Dr. Luis Garcia del Moral and Jose “Pepe” Martí all received lifetime bans.  Based 0n the timeline in USADA’s press release, all three would have committed doping crimes during the years Lance Armstrong dominated the Tour de France with U.S. Postal Service and later Discovery Channel.

Dr. Garcia del Moral was U.S. Postal’s team physician from 1999 to 2003.  According to USADA, from  2000 forward Garcia del Moral was involved in administering illegal blood transfusions.  According to USADA, after leaving Postal, Garcia del Moral continued to administer doping products to some Postal Service riders.

Dr. Ferrari was a consulting physician who worked with both U.S. Postal and the Discovery Channel cycling teams.  According to the press release, he developed a distinctive method for delivering testosterone into riders’ bodies.  USADA also said that he developed methods  for ingesting illegal drugs in such a way as to  shield riders from detection during a dope test.

Martí, a trainer for Postal and Discovery from 1999 to 2007, assisted in administering performance enhancing drugs and in delivering them to various venues around Europe.

Full details are available in the USADA press release.