Thursday, June 14, 2012

Lance Armstrong banned from triathlons amid fresh drug-doping charges ...and could lose all seven of his Tour de France titles if found guilty

Lance Armstrong could be stripped of his seven Tour De France victories and banned for life from cycling after the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) brought offical doping charges against the legendary athlete.

In a 15 page letter sent to Armstrong, the USADA alleged that blood samples collected from him during competitions in 2009 and 2010 were 'fully consistent with blood manipulation including erythropoietin (EPO) use and/or blood transfusions.'

While allegations of blood doping and the use of performance enhancing drugs have dogged Armstrong, 40, for years, this is the first time he will face charges and has led to the athlete being banned from competing in triathlons, which he took up in 2011.

Armstrong strenuously denied the charges in a statement issued today: 'I have never doped, and, unlike many of my accusers, I have competed as an endurance athlete for 25 years with with no spike in performance, passed more than 500 drug tests and never failed one.'Read More