I thought, if he indeed trafficked the dope and forced other to dope, isn't it a bit more than just a reason for mere competition ban? Isn't it something that could and should be criminally prosecuted?
I don't really care about cycling that much but I am interested in the legal side of things and a quick read of the BBC's article about this tell me that:
1) the most obvious act which cries out for prosecution is Armstrong's testimonial before a jury in 2005 which amounts to perjury, this is quite clear cut. Unfortunately the statute of limitations has expired so this is not possible under US law.
2) he is most definitely open to civil proceedings (and always has been even before he "confessed") of defamation and fraud with people he has engaged in law suits and his sponsors etc. Fraud is a broad and complex area, he is open to civil rather than criminal fraud proceedings.
3) The drugs in question banned by WADA and UCI such as EPO aren't illegal drugs and I'm not sure if he can be prosecuted for masterminding a drug ring of legal drugs.
Blood doping isn't an illegal activity in itself, it just happens to be against the rules of his sport.
The word "illegal" is thrown around a lot - the principle illegal elements here are the potential methods of obtaining the drugs, that is where they could bring in a criminal prosecution. From what I've seen we don't know what these methods were. But I assume everyone who was involved in this side of things will be keeping quiet to save their own necks.
hope he gets sued by the athletes he "defeated"
Given that most of these athletes had been doping themselves they would be better off keeping schtum.