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Thursday, June 14, 2012

Lance Armstrong vs USADA (DETAILS)

The L.A. Times reports that our Yellow Jersey Hero, Seven-time Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong is back in the spotlight in a very way. The U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) has brought formal doping charges against him that could result in him being stripped of ALL his Tour de France titles. Yes, all seven.

In the meanwhile, Armstrong has also been immediately banned from competing in triathlons, a sport he recently took up professionally.

It reports, "In the 15-page charging letter obtained by the Post, USADA says it collected blood from Armstrong in 2009 and 2010 that was 'fully consistent with blood manipulations including EPO use and/or blood transfusions.'" 

Of course we had to get 
Lance Armstrong response to the USADA Allegation; 
"I have been notified that USADA, an organization largely funded by taxpayer dollars but governed only by self-written rules, intends to again dredge up discredited allegations dating back more than 16 years to prevent me from competing as a triathlete and try and strip me of the seven Tour de France victories I earned. These are the very same charges and the same witnesses that the Justice Department chose not to pursue after a two-year investigation. These charges are baseless, motivated by spite and advanced through testimony bought and paid for by promises of anonymity and immunity. Although USADA alleges a wide-ranging conspiracy extended over more than 16 years, I am the only athlete it has chosen to charge. USADA's malice, its methods, its star-chamber practices, and its decision to punish first and adjudicate later all are at odds with our ideals of fairness and fair play.
I have never doped, and, 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. 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."

Story developing...

Sources,  L.A. Times and lancearmstrong.comIronman 2012Kona Triathlon 

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