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Lance was 'tipped off' regularly

2012-08-25 17:55

Paris - Lance Armstrong, who has been stripped of his seven Tour de France titles and banned for life, was regularly tipped off over drugs tests, a leading French anti-doper claimed on Saturday.

The American went through his entire career without failing a drugs test, but Michel Rieu, the scientific advisor at France's anti-doping body (AFLD) told Le Monde newspaper that Armstrong was warned when the testers were about to call.

"The testers found it difficult to carry out checks without Lance Armstrong benefitting from a delay of 20 minutes," claimed Rieu.

"He was warned before any controls. In 20 minutes, a lot of manipulations are possible. Without information from police or customs, it was impossible to fight this way."

Rieu claims that Armstrong has many supporters inside the sport, willing to help him when needed.

"This support went beyond the UCI (International Cycling Union) and the International Olympic Committee," he said.

"Lance Armstrong was surrounded by scientific physiologists some of which were discarded later. He had considerable resources to protect and implement logistics.

"There were rumours that he transferred blood from the United States in his private jet," claimed Rieu.

On Friday, the American anti-doping body (USADA) branded Armstrong a dope cheat, a day after the 40-year-old Texan said he would not pursue a bid to clear himself of charges that he used performance enhancing drugs to win the Tour de France from 1999 to 2005.

The agency laid out five rule violations for which Armstrong has been sanctioned, saying the cancer survivor who became a hero to millions took part in a systematic doping conspiracy with his then US Postal Service team.

It said that, as Armstrong has dropped out of an arbitration process, he "has received a lifetime period of ineligibility and disqualification of all competitive results from August 1, 1998 through the present".

Armstrong has long denied accusations of doping but said on Thursday he would no longer even address the issue.

"Today I turn the page," he said. But hours after USADA's announcement on Friday he made it clear that doesn't mean he'll disappear, tweeting his intention to compete in a local mountain bike race in the Aspen area in Colorado called the Power of Four on Saturday.

AFP

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  • andrew.hendrikse - 2012-08-25 19:51

    It appears that he is one big cheat and a liar....disgusting!! The biggest fraud in sporting history....if you believe all the news coming from the anti-doping dudes. Where there is smoke there is a fire and there must be proof to support the allegations.

  • clive.bruyns - 2012-08-25 19:54

    This ban could be seen as meaningful if there was at least 1 (one) empirical test proving his guilt. What a load of rubbish! Are they going to test the person who takes over his titles? And if he fails, will they continue to test the entire peloton until there is nobody left to win the tour?

  • jak.daladd - 2012-08-26 20:54

    Why does this site say he is stripped of his titles in the Tour de France? Has this happened? NO, at least not yet. The crowed who says he cheated have not been able to prove it in years. Unless there is proof, leave him alone.

  • anthony.kay.965 - 2012-08-26 21:39

    It took so many years to catch him? They are disgrace to the sport, and they must all resign. Lance is a folk hero to so many, and if he cheated for so long, he deserves a medal. On the other hand, all those guys are cheats, and they will do anything for a fat cheque.

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