Lance Armstrong: USADA Brings Renewed Doping Charges
USADA Resurrects Lance Armstrong Doping Accusations
Seven-time Tour de France champion Lance Armstrong has been banned from competing in upcoming triathlons over a new doping investigation.
Actually, it's just a new look at the old investigation, this time by the US Anti-Doping Agency (USADA).
Lance Armstrong responded, "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."
So, Did Lance Armstrong Use Performance-Enhancing Drugs?
Lance Armstrong is arguably the most drug-tested athlete in history. Seven Tour de France victories in a notoriously dirty sport will have that effect. If Armstrong were doping, would it really take this long to uncover? We think not.
While the cycling world as a whole has a lot to lose on this one: the sport would be permanently tarnished if its biggest-ever hero fell. Lance Armstrong would be stripped of his Tour de France titles, and the most epic comeback story in modern sporting history would be invalidated. This is that big a deal. However, individual athletes and teams are not so community-minded, and would surely have turned on Armstrong during the last decade, "the good of the sport" be damned.
Lance Armstrong has never tested positive for banned performance-enhancing substances. Armstrong won the Ironman 70.3 Florida on May 5, 2012.