July 20, 2013 in Sports

Two men charged with threatening USADA’s Tygart

Associated Press

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Two men have been charged with directing threats toward U.S. Anti-Doping Agency CEO Travis Tygart in the aftermath of USADA’s decision to strip cyclist Lance Armstrong of his Tour de France titles.

One indictment, unsealed Thursday, alleges that Gerrit Keats of Clearwater, Fla., threatened Tygart via interstate communication in October. The other, unsealed Friday, makes the same charge against Robert Hutchins of Sandy, Utah.

That indictment says Hutchins made the threat last Aug. 23, the same day Armstrong announced he wasn’t going to fight the USADA sanctions for doping.

Both suspects have been arrested and are scheduled to make initial appearances in federal court in Denver on July 29.

Ex-champ indicted

Former cycling world champion Alessandro Ballan and 2004 Giro d’Italia winner Damiano Cunego are among 27 people indicted on doping charges. The preliminary judge in Mantova, Italy, set a hearing date for Dec. 10 after prosecutor Antonino Condorelli’s report following a lengthy investigation.

The case mainly involves members of the Lampre team, including general manager Giuseppe Saronni, and centers around pharmacist Guido Nigrelli.

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