Bad news for Lance Armstrong.
The U.S. Anti-Doping Agency has just brought formal doping charges against the champion cyclist.
The action that could cost him his seven Tour de France titles.
As a result of the new charges, Armstrong has been banned from competition in triathlons, a sport in which he began participating after his retirement from cycling last year.
In the 15-page letter obtained by The Washington Post, the USADA makes previously unpublicized allegations against Armstrong, alleging it collected blood samples from Armstrong in 2009 and 2010 that were “fully consistent with blood manipulation including EPO use and/or blood transfusions.”
The cyclist has denied doping accusations throughout his career. He has never tested positive.
On Twitter, he released a statement today confirming he was notified of the charges.
In the statement he said USADA “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.”
The statement continued: “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.”
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