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Former Armstrong doctor provided drugs to Spanish track team: report

AFP  |  Madrid 

Spain's Olympic track team from 1996 was supplied banned substances by Lance Armstrong's disgraced former doctor Michele Ferrari, newspaper reported today.

According to a 2016 testimony, seen by El Pais, from Spanish doctor Luis Garcia del Moral, the Spanish Federation (RFEC) took part in a doping programme between 1993 and 1998.

Del Moral, who was the track team's at the time, told the (CAS) in 2016 that had provided banned doping products.

Asked if supplied Spanish track cyclists with corticosteroids during this period, Del Moral replied: "That was not the main thing. The main thing was and growth hormones."

said Del Moral supported his claim with a spreadsheet dated July 15, 1996 -- four days before the start of the

The document registered 12,866,729 pesetas, around 80,000 euros, being reimbursed to by the RFEC, and 6,195,245 pesetas, around 36,000 euros, declared as expenses spent in a pharmacy.

Del Moral's testimony was made during an appeal case regarding Johan Bruyneel, the former sporting of Armstrong's team, who was handed a 10-year suspension by the (USADA) in 2014.

When he left the RFEC, Del Moral went on to work for US Postal -- during Armstrong's first five victories.

said this was the first time a court had been presented with evidence of a Spanish national federation "organising and financing doping to improve the performance of its athletes".

Although private organisations, such federations receive government subsidies.

Six Spanish track cyclists competed in Atlanta, with the best result a fifth-place finish in the team pursuit, achieved by Juan Martinez Oliver, Joan Llaneras, and also came fifth in the individual pursuit while and competed in the sprint.

Del Moral and Ferrari both received lifetime bans from USADA for their links with Armstrong, who was stripped of his seven titles in 2012.

"It wasn't for the money," Del Moral said of his supplying cyclists with doping products.

"When I started with US Postal, I only earned 6,000 euros for the whole season." Asked if he provided doping products because he was paid to do so, Del Moral replied: "And because it was part of the system.

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First Published: Tue, April 17 2018. 21:35 IST