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Following more allegations in the French press about past use of doping products, Lance Armstrong rePIC BY TDWSPORT.COM In the wake of the story published at the end of last week by French newspaper Le Monde alleging that seven-time Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong had admitted in 1996 that he used banned medical products, the Texan released a statement dismissing the claim as "stale, unfounded and untrue". In his statement, the Armstrong said: "The latest story, which alleges an admission of using performance-enhancing drugs in a hospital in 1996, is today as absurd and untrue as when it was first circulated years ago. It never happened." Le Monde had reported that Betsy Andreu, wife of Armstrong's former US Postal team-mate and close friend Frankie Andreu, had told a Dallas court earlier this year that Armstrong had "told an Indiana University Hospital doctor on October 28, 1996 he had taken performance-enhancing drugs." Le Monde reported that Andreu had backed up his wife's statement. In response, Armstrong said: "There is no suggestion of either such a question or response in over 20 medical histories recorded among the 280 pages of records compiled during my hospital stay. My doctor, one of the premier cancer specialists in the country, also testified no such statement was made by me to him and a statement made to another would have to appear in the records. It's not there because it never happened." Armstrong was in that Dallas court attempting to end a dispute with his insurance company. SCA had refused to pay the Texan a five-million-dollar bonus following his victory in the Tour de France in 2004. "Not only did I win this trial, but the company was ordered to pay the $5 million plus an additional $2.5 million in penalty," he also stated. Armstrong's statement concluded by saying: "During my professional cycling career, particularly during its last seven years, I have had to repeatedly address this issue, which I have willingly done. Further discussion by me serves no purpose other than to dignify accusations which have been repeatedly investigated and rejected by every body, tribunal and court to consider them. I will not further dignify them, although I have authorised my legal representatives to provide responsive documents when appropriate."