Lance Armstrong's former cycling teammates suspended

Lance Armstrong's former cycling teammates suspended
FILE - This July 5, 2004 file photo shows U.S. Postal Service team leader and five-time Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong, third from right, framed by his teammates as the pack rides during the second stage of the 91st Tour de France cycling race between Charleroi and Namur, Belgium. The U.S. Anti-Doping Agency says 11 of Lance Armstrong's former teammates testified against him in its investigation of the cyclist, revealing "the most sophisticated, professionalized and successful doping program that sport has ever seen." USADA will deliver its reasoned decision against Armstrong later Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2012, a summary of the facts it used to hand him a lifetime suspension and erase his seven Tour de France titles. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena, File)
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — Five of Lance Armstrong's teammates have accepted six-month doping suspensions, reduced because they provided evidence that helped the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency make the case to strip Armstrong of his seven Tour de France titles.

George Hincapie, Tom Danielson, Levi Leipheimer, Christian Vande Velde and David Zabriskie all would have received at least two-year sanctions had they not helped USADA with its case.

As part of their deals, all agreed not to participate in the Olympics this year. In June, all but Danielson announced they were withdrawing themselves from Olympic consideration but they did not give an explanation.

All the suspensions run through next February. Hincapie has said he's retiring at the end of 2012.

Also on Thursday, Leipheimer's team provisionally suspended the rider while it reviews the USADA report.