Five former teammates of cyclist champion Lance Armstrong have reportedly testified against the seven-time Tour de France winner in return for lenient sentencing.

The US Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) has given the five cyclists, including key Cadel Evans teammate George Hincapie, a six-month suspended sentence for admitting to doping and giving evidence against Armstrong.

According to, the other riders named are Levi Leipheimer, Dave Zabriskie, Christian Vande Velde, and Jonathan Vaughters, and presumably there are others riders also involved in the investigation against Armstrong.[TABLE="align: right"]

Earlier, the USADA formally charged Armstrong with using performance-enhancing drugs after re-opening a case against him after the review panel examined evidence. The case now goes to an arbitration panel for a decision.

Armstrong, who denied doping and cited that he has never failed a drug test, could be stripped of his titles and be banned from cycling if the doping charges are proved true.