Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Armstrong facing fresh accusations

Seven-time Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong is facing a new battle to clear his name in connection to doping. Former team-mate Tyler Hamilton has claimed he knows for certain that Armstrong not only took performance enhancing drugs, but also failed a doping test back in 2001, something that Armstrong strongly denies.

Former team-mate Hamilton claims Armstrong tested positive for EPO during the 2001 Tour of Switzerland, and that the governing body proceeded to cover up the result to keep the sport's biggest star out of trouble.

"I know he's had a positive test before, for EPO [at the] Tour of Switzerland, 2001," he said.

"People took care of it. I don't know all the exact details but I know that Lance's people and the people from the other side, the governing body of the sport [the UCI], figured out a way to make it go away."

Those looking at the Tour de France odds will hope this scandal doesn't overshadow the race.

It is the second time this same allegation has been levelled at the 39-year-old former RadioShack rider, following Floyd Landis' series of claims accusing his former US Postal team-mate. Landis claimed that the $125,000 donation Armstrong made to the UCI's anti-doping team wasn't simply a helpful gift, but something more sinister. Again, Armstrong denies any wrongdoing.

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