Armstrong on doping charges
THE American Anti-Doping Agency has brought doping charges against Lance Armstrong that may cost him his record seven Tour de France titles, the cyclist said.
As a result, he also is banned immediately from competing in triathlons organised by the World Triathlon Corp because of the investigation. Cycling's world governing body, the International Cycling Union, said it had been notified of the probe.
"I have been notified that USADA, an organisation largely funded by taxpayer dollars but governed only by self-written rules, 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," Mr Armstrong said in a statement posted on his website.
USADA made previously unpublicised claims against him, saying it collected blood samples in 2009 and 2010 that were "fully consistent with manipulation including EPO use and/or blood transfusions," the 'Washington Post' said.