In today’s Washington Post, Lance Armstrong speaks out about the charges of EPO doping within the French newspaper, L’Equip.
Lance Armstrong went on the offensive yesterday, saying it was “preposterous” for the Tour de France director to say that the legendary cyclist fooled race officials and the sporting world by cheating his way to seven straight titles.
“I actually spoke to him for about 30 minutes and he didn’t say any of that stuff to me personally,” Armstrong said, referring to Leblanc.
“But to say that I’ve fooled the fans is preposterous. I’ve been doing this a long time. We have not just one year of only B samples; we have seven years of A and B samples. They’ve all been negative,” he said during a conference call from Washington.
L’Equipe is owned by the Amaury Group, whose subsidiary, Amaury Sport Organization, organizes the Tour de France and other sporting events. The paper has often raised questions about whether Armstrong has used performance-enhancing drugs. On Tuesday, the banner headline of its four-page report was “The Armstrong Lie.”
EPO doping tests have been out since the 2000 Olympics in Sydney. Does anyone think that Lance Armstrong’s samples have not been tested over and over again in the seven straight wins? If not, why wait the six years until Armstrong has retired? Suddenly, we’re supposed to believe that six-year old untampered urine samples have turned up EPO signatures from this “independent” lab. This is just a sad, last attempt by a news rag to discredit the legacy of one of the greatest athletes of our time. It is tabloid journalism at its worst.