Lance Armstrong accused U.S Anti-Doping Agency chief executive Travis Tygart on Thursday of waging a ''vendetta'' against him following reports that several former teammates have received reduced suspensions after admitting to doping in return for testifying against the seven-time Tour de France champion.
''So let me get this straight ... come in and tell them exactly what they wanted to hear and you get complete immunity AND anonymity? I never got that offer,'' Armstrong wrote in an email to The Associated Press. ''This isn't about Tygart wanting to clean up cycling - rather it's just a plain ol' selective prosecution that reeks of vendetta.''
Citing anonymous sources, the Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf and The New York Times reported that Armstrong's former teammates George Hincapie, Levi Leipheimer, David Zabriskie and Christian Vande Velde will testify against him.
De Telegraaf reported that Armstrong's former teammates have been given six-month bans that begin in late September. De Telegraaf also reported that another former Armstrong teammate, Jonathan Vaughters, currently a team director at Garmin-Sharp's cycling team, will also testify against Armstrong.
USADA wouldn't confirm the reports but released a statement warning that those named could be subject to ''unnecessary scrutiny, threats and intimidation.''
Armstrong has always strenuously denied doping and a two-year federal investigation ended in February with no criminal charges against the Texan.