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    French Paper Says Results From 1999 Tour de France Sample Is Proof of EPO Claim

    By ANGELA DOLAND, AP Sports

    PARIS (Aug. 23) - A French newspaper says Lance Armstrong used the performance-enhancing drug EPO to help win his first Tour de France in 1999, a report the seven-time Tour winner vehemently denied.

    L'Equipe devoted four pages to its allegations, with a Tuesday front-page headline "The Armstrong Lie." The paper said that signs of EPO use showed up in Armstrong's urine six times during the '99 race.

    "Unfortunately, the witch hunt continues and tomorrow's article is nothing short of tabloid journalism," Armstrong wrote on his Web site. "I will simply restate what I have said many times: I have never taken performance-enhancing drugs."

    However, the Tour de France's director said Tuesday that L'Equipe's report seemed "very complete, very professional, very meticulous" and that it "appears credible."

    "We are very shocked, very troubled by the revelations we read this morning," Jean-Marie Leblanc told RTL radio. However, he cautioned that Armstrong, his doctors and his aides should be heard out before people make any final judgment.

    Leblanc also said any disciplinary action appeared unlikely, based on the L'Equipe account. The paper's investigation was based solely on B samples - the second of two samples used in doping tests. The A samples were used up in 1999 for analysis at the time.

    The governing body of world cycling did not begin using a urine test for EPO until 2001. For years, it had been impossible to detect the drug, called erythropoietin, which builds endurance by boosting the production of oxygen-rich red blood cells.

    EPO tests on the 1999 B urine samples were not carried out until last year, when scientists performed research on them to fine-tune EPO testing methods, the paper said.

    The national anti-doping laboratory in Chatenay-Malabry, which developed the EPO test and analyzed the urine samples in question, said it could not confirm that the positive EPO results were Armstrong's.

    It noted that the samples were anonymous, bearing only a a six-digit number to identify the rider, and could not be matched with the name of any one cyclist.

    However, L'Equipe said it was able to make the match. It printed photos of what it said were official doping documents. On one side of the page, it showed what it said were the results of EPO tests from anonymous riders used for lab research. On the other, it showed Armstrong's medical certificates, signed by doctors and riders after doping tests - and bearing the same identifying number printed on the results.

    The lab statement said it had promised to turn over its results to the World Anti-Doping Agency "on condition that they could not be used in any disciplinary proceeding."

    L'Equipe, whose parent company is closely linked to the Tour, has frequently raised questions about how Armstrong could have made his spectacular comeback from testicular cancer without using performance enhancers. L'Equipe is owned by the Amaury Group whose subsidiary, Amaury Sport Organization, organizes the Tour de France and other sporting events.

    A former L'Equipe journalist, Pierre Ballester, was co-author of a book published last year that contained doping allegations against Armstrong. He wrote the book with Sunday Times sportswriter David Walsh.

    In the book, "L.A. Confidential, the Secrets of Lance Armstrong," one of the cyclist's former assistants claimed that Armstrong once asked her to dispose of used syringes and give him makeup to conceal needle marks on his arms.

    Armstrong has taken libel action against The Sunday Times after the British newspaper reprinted allegations in a review of the book in June 2004. The case will go to trial in London's High Court in November.

    Armstrong retired from cycling after his record seventh straight Tour victory last month.


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    More rumors and innuendo??????

    Mr. G

  • #2
    As a whole, are there a bigger buch of pussies in the world than the French?
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    • #3
      Will the French ever get tired of this. Maybe if they could produce a cyclist that even challenge Lance they would have a legit bitch. Nothing but sour grapes.

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      • #4
        From Sportsline

        L'Equipe is owned by the Amaury Group whose subsidiary, Amaury Sport Organization, organizes the Tour de France and other sporting events. The paper often questioned Armstrong's clean record and frequently took jabs at him -- portraying him as too arrogant, too corporate and too good to be real.

        "Never to such an extent, probably, has the departure of a champion been welcomed with such widespread relief," the paper griped the day after Armstrong won his seventh straight Tour win and retired from cycling.
        After reading this, I'd love for Lance to go back and win 3 more, just to give them the finger.

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        • #5
          The Frogs can't handle the fact that Lance has owned them for the last 7 years.
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          • #6
            Just curious, did this French rag of a newspaper bother to check and see how many other riders may have had this substance in their bloodstream or are they singling out Lance again? Also, how secure have these samples been since 1999? It seems to me that the Frogs have been hell bent on smearing Lance since day one and wouldn't mind overstepping the bounds to do so.

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            • #7
              I've said it before and I'll say it again.
              It wouldn't surprise me that Lance was doping.
              But if he was, so was everyone else.
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              • #8
                It is funny to see how crazy people are to defend Armstrong, yet come down so hard on baseball players.

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                • #9
                  I should have qualified my statement by saying that I wouldn't be surprised if Lance was doping. The paper should be investigating all the riders, not just the stars.

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                  Dear God, KBF here. I'd just like to say thanks, once again, for allowing Dusty Baker and I to live during the same time period. Every time I think he's given me his last gift -- overpitching Prior in the playoffs, getting cocky in Game 6 vs. the Angels, blowing another game for the Cubs -- he does something stupid like pitching to Albert Pujols. Thy will be done, baby!!!!!

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Weird_English_Guy@Aug 24 2005, 09:19 AM
                    It is funny to see how crazy people are to defend Armstrong, yet come down so hard on baseball players.
                    Its because Lance has just one nut. Give the brother a break.

                    Moon

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                    • #11
                      How about this doping job?

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                      • #12
                        I'm gonna play the role of Bob Ramsey, aka devil's advocate here (or maybe Yaks): why are we so quick to defend Armstrong (whom I think is a great guy, helluva an athelete and competitor) and yet we're so quick to condemn Bonds (pre-BALCO trial/shitty personality/great athelete, competitor)? What is the difference between the two allegation wise? The question marks have surrounded both these guys for years....

                        For that matter, we were all quick to defend Palmeiro @ the Congressional hearings b/c of his then-noble stance and lambasted McGwire for his wretched performance....look what happened there (hindsight, yes)....

                        Just curious....

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by *007*@Aug 24 2005, 11:37 AM
                          I'm gonna play the role of Bob Ramsey, aka devil's advocate here (or maybe Yaks): why are we so quick to defend Armstrong (whom I think is a great guy, helluva an athelete and competitor) and yet we're so quick to condemn Bonds (pre-BALCO trial/shitty personality/great athelete, competitor)? What is the difference between the two allegation wise? The question marks have surrounded both these guys for years....

                          For that matter, we were all quick to defend Palmeiro @ the Congressional hearings b/c of his then-noble stance and lambasted McGwire for his wretched performance....look what happened there (hindsight, yes)....

                          Just curious....

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by CSD+Aug 24 2005, 10:41 AM-->
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                          • #15
                            Originally posted by Moon Man+Aug 24 2005, 11:53 AM-->
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                            Originally posted by [email protected] 24 2005, 10:41 AM
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