Armstrong rebuts EPO allegations
In a statement posted on his website in response to allegation of EPO use in 1999, Lance Armstrong h
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Lance Armstrong firmly denied allegations made in Tuesday’s edition of French sports daily L’Equipe that he used the blood-boosting product EPO during the 1999 Tour de France, almost two years before the International Cycling Union validated the use of the EPO test.
In a statement released on Monday night on his website, Armstrong said: “Yet again, a European newspaper has reported that I have tested positive for performance-enhancing drugs. Tomorrow’s L’Equipe, a French sports daily, is reporting that my 1999 samples were positive. Unfortunately, the witch hunt continues and tomorrow’s article is nothing short of tabloid journalism.
“The paper even admits in its own article that the science in question here is faulty and that I have no way to defend myself. They state: ‘There will therefore be no counter-exam nor regulatory prosecutions, in a strict sense, since defendant’s rights cannot be respected.’
“I will simply restate what I have said many times: I have never taken performance-enhancing drugs.”