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Three Doctors Charged in Armstrong Doping Case

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One unusual aspect of the doping case brought against Lance Armstrong is that three doctors have been charged in addition to the champion cyclist. The United States anti-doping agency (USADA) says that Armstrong and the doctors were involved in a "pervasive pattern of doping." The seven-time Tour de France winner vehemently denies the charges.

But experts say that if proven the case would signal that responsibility for doping no longer stops at the athlete. Respected anti-doping scientist Dr Michael Ashenden told BBC News that the case marked a significant change.

"It is no longer enough to stop at the athlete, but instead authorities are now seeking to investigate further and root out the doctors, support staff and drug dealers who make doping possible." USADA has sent a 15-page letter to Lance Armstrong and five others detailing the range of the charges and some of the evidence against them.

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