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ESPN Uncovers Details of USPS Sponsorship

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Over the past few weeks, rumors have swirled about the imminence of a big Sports Illustrated exposé on the Armstrong case. That story has not yet dropped, but today, ESPN published a report detailing the money paid by the United States Postal Service for its sponsorship of Lance Armstrong's team in the years of his Tour de France victories. The information comes as a consequence of a Freedom of Information Act request. According to ESPN, "The U.S Postal Service spent $31.9 million to underwrite Lance Armstrong's pro cycling team during its glory years of 2001 to 2004, approximately 60 to 65 percent of the team's total budget." The ESPN story also details information about bonuses paid out to riders and anti-doping clauses inserted into the contract between the Postal Service and the team's owners Tailwind Sports.