Armstrong's doctor says he's studying USADA report

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Associated Press

Posted on October 16, 2012 at 7:00 AM

Updated Tuesday, Oct 16 at 7:05 AM

ROME (AP) — Lance Armstrong's former physician says he needs time to study the thick file of U.S. Anti-Doping Agency documents accusing him of advising widespread drug use before responding.

Dr. Michele Ferrari tells Cyclingnews.com "it's taken them 2½ years to gather the documents, so it's going to take me some time to go through them. ... I'll speak when I feel it's the right moment."

USADA traced more than $1 million in payments from Armstrong to Ferrari from 1996 to 2006 and the report details how the physician told Armstrong and other riders to dope with EPO and blood transfusions.

In July, USADA banned Ferrari for life.

Calls to Ferrari's home by The Associated Press on Tuesday were unanswered, and the physician's lawyer did not immediately return a message.

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