Seven-time Tour de France champion American Lance Armstrong has described the US Anti-doping Agency’s charges against him as “baseless and spiteful”.
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The recent allegations made against him date back to 2009 and 2010 and now the former cyclist has been immediately banned from competing in triathlons, a sport he has taken up upon his retirement from cycling.
The USADA has claimed the evidence in its 15-page report accused Armstrong of a “pervasive pattern of doping” over many years. The blood samples they collected in 2009 and 2010 were “fully consistent with blood manipulation including EPO use and/or blood transfusions”.
“I have never doped,” Armstrong said in a statement on his website.
“These charges are baseless [and] motivated by spite.”
The letter goes on to claim that 10 other cyclists as well as cycle team employees witnessed Armstrong using performance-enhancing drugs.
However, the 40-year-old has strongly refuted these claims.
“These are the very same charges and the same witnesses that the Justice Department chose not to pursue after a two-year investigation.”
He added: “Although USADA alleges a wide-ranging conspiracy extended over more than 16 years, I am the only athlete it has chosen to charge.
“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.”
Lance Armstrong could face a life-time ban and be stripped of all awards if he is found to have used performance-enhancing drugs.