Tour is a go for Armstrong

No disciplinary proceedings from French anti-doping agency

Lance Armstrong won't be missing the 2009 Tour de France after all.

Seven-time Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong will not face disciplinary proceedings from the French anti-doping agency AFLD.


The AFLD said Friday that it has “decided to take into consideration the athlete’s written explanations and, in consequence, not to open a disciplinary procedure against him.” It also confirmed that no abnormalities were detected in the urine, blood and hair samples taken during the control.

Armstrong’s Astana team spokesman Philippe Maertens confirmed to Cyclingnews that the AFLD met Thursday, and said “the disciplinary commission checked the evidence and explanation from both Lance and the tester and decided not to take the matter further.”

Posting on his Twitter account, Armstrong wrote: “the word from the French agency AFLD on the shower gate incident. Case closed, no penalty, all samples clean. Onward.”

The AFLD had previously said that Armstrong did not obey the rules of the World Anti-Doping Agency’s International Standard of Testing, specifically Article 5.4.1, which states that ‘the person being subjected to an anti-doping control must remain within the sight of the doping control officer from the time of notification until the sample is collected’.

Armstrong could have faced a suspension from the incident which may have prevented him from racing the Tour de France. With the case closed, he will be free to attempt an eighth career victory in the Tour.

Armstrong is currently training in Aspen, Colorado, in preparation for his first attempt at the Giro d’Italia next month. He is recovering from a fractured collarbone that he sustained in the first stage of the Vuelta a Castilla y Léon.


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