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Formal dope charge for Lance

2012-06-13 22:38

Washington - The US Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) has brought formal doping charges against seven-time Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong, the Washington Post reported on Wednesday.

According to the newspaper, the action was outlined in a letter sent to Armstrong and several others and could cost the Texan his titles in the world's premier cycle race.

The Post reported that in the letter, USADA alleged it had collected blood samples from Armstrong in 2009 and 2010 that were "fully consistent with blood manipulation including EPO use and/or blood transfusions."

According to the Post, which obtained a copy of the letter, USADA claims it has witnesses to the fact that Armstrong and five former cycling team associates - including Italian doctor Michele Ferrari and cycling team manager Johan Bruyneel - engaged in a doping conspiracy from 1998-2011.

USADA officials could not immediately be reached for comment on Wednesday.

Armstrong, who won the Tour de France from 1999-2005, and used his fame to fuel his charitable work for cancer awareness, has vehemently denied using performance-enhancing drugs during his cycling career.

He has never tested positive, but has been publicly accused by former team-mates Floyd Landis and Tyler Hamilton of cheating.

In February, US prosecutors dropped an investigation into Armstrong and other cyclists without bringing criminal charges.

At the time USADA said it continued to investigate allegations of doping in cycling and hoped to have access to the information gathered in the criminal probe.

"Unlike the US Attorney, USADA's job is to protect clean sport rather than enforce specific criminal laws," USADA chief executive Travis Tygart said in February.

"Our investigation into doping in the sport of cycling is continuing and we look forward to obtaining the information developed during the federal investigation."

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Comments
  • JohhnyBGood - 2012-06-13 22:59

    As Lance always said:"Deny, deny. deny!!!"

      Squeegee - 2012-06-13 23:09

      Very disappointed. We need sporting heroes. We don't need doped up sport cheats.

  • Jimmy - 2012-06-13 23:11

    This cheat even tried to guilt trip us with a cancer claim.

      dirk.klaver.7 - 2012-06-14 09:15

      Jimmy u are a MORON

      Jaco - 2012-06-14 10:18

      Did you just go FULL RETARD little Jimmy?

      Chez - 2012-06-14 10:49

      You do know that he really did have cancer right? But do you know that one of the very popular drugs used back then had a very nasty side effect? Yes, its testicular cancer. Makes you think doesn't it!!

      Kevin - 2012-06-14 14:37

      So you know that Lance is dirty - or did your brain just implode....?

  • harry.dewet.5 - 2012-06-13 23:26

    Lance did not win anything between 2009 and 2011, while the allegations from other people cannot be proven to be correct. So, he cannot loose any of his Tour de France titles.

  • Lauden Kirk - 2012-06-14 00:39

    Sad old story. Looks are deceiving

  • Terence - 2012-06-14 04:00

    Whether or not Armstrong used performance enhancing drugs is a moot point, as his team mates have admitted to doping and as the leader of those teams he directly benefited from the his team mates doping. Here's an article that expands on this theory http://youkantbeserious.com/2012/06/14/it-doesnt-matter-whether-or-not-he-doped-armstrong-should-lose-his-titles/#more-107

      Koos - 2012-06-14 05:17

      Well written article.

  • bertrand.mauvis - 2012-06-14 04:34

    this sport is full of cheats....hate it

      Koos - 2012-06-14 05:10

      Sad but true.

  • henri.laurie.7 - 2012-06-14 07:20

    I really hope this is not true, Lance has been one of the GREATEST sporting heroes of our time, there has to be some truth in never having tested positive for doping, at this stage, it's all speculation LIVE STRONG !!

      Chez - 2012-06-14 10:47

      He would be the greatest only if he never cheated. When so many around you are doing well and testing positive, how do you win 7 times without cheating too? I doubt there are many people out there who still think he is innocent. He is certainly no hero of mine. Nobody ever has a nice thing to say about him and while there are clean (half South African), gentleman sportsmen like Roger Federer out there, to hell with Armstrong.

  • kenneth.constable - 2012-06-14 07:43

    If Lance did it, everyone is doing it. If the plebs can use any drug to perform without the risk of being tested because they will never win why not the pros whose very livelihood depends on the ability to get up tomorrow and do it all again as today never happened. Get off your high horses and find a compromise. What he did was super human at the best of times. Listen to what other riders say about his work ethic and use that to judge him, not the "eye witness" accounts of people who used the same doping methods and still failed to measured up. As long as there is big money on the line, there will be some kind of performance enhancement happening.

      Boereroo - 2012-06-14 08:45

      Cadel Evans doesn't need drugs. He's a real champion

      heidi.s.lund - 2012-06-14 09:22

      I am so behind you on this. Super human effort anyway, regardless of all the sandal!

  • eric.shinn.90 - 2012-06-14 09:19

    He doesn't have the balls to admit it

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