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June 29, 2022

Lance Armstrong to face new doping allegations

Champion cyclist Lance Armstrong said on Wednesday the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) intends to “dredge up discredited” doping allegations against him in a bid to strip him of his seven Tour de France victories, according to CNN.The Washington Post said it received a copy of a 15-page agency letter sent Tuesday to Armstrong and several others. As a result of the allegations, Armstrong was immediately banned from competing in triathlons, a sport he took up after retiring from professional bicycling, the newspaper reported on its website.Armstrong, as he has in the past, said he has never engaged in doping.“Unlike many of my accusers, I have competed as an endurance athlete for 25 years with no spike in performance, passed more than 500 drug tests and never failed one,” Armstrong said on his website. “That USADA ignores this fundamental distinction and charges me instead of the admitted dopers says far more about USADA, its lack of fairness and this vendetta than it does about my guilt or innocence.”Justice Department prosecutors in February said they closed a criminal investigation after reviewing allegations against Armstrong. They had called witnesses to a federal grand jury in Los Angeles, but they apparently determined they lacked evidence to bring a charge that Armstrong used performance-enhancing drugs.Armstrong was accused of using such drugs by other riders, but never failed a drug test.“These are the very same charges and the same witnesses that the Justice Department chose not to pursue after a two-year investigation,” Armstrong said Wednesday.According to the Post, the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency alleged it collected blood samples from Armstrong in 2009 and 2010 that were “fully consistent with blood manipulation including EPO use and/or blood transfusions.” The allegations were previously unpublicized, according to the Post.Armstrong lashed out at the organization, saying it has “self-written rules” and that it punishes first and adjudicates the facts later.Armstrong has been dogged by allegations of drug abuse in recent years, with compatriot Floyd Landis – who was found guilty of doping in the 2006 Tour de France, resulting in him being stripped of the title – making a series of claims last year.

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