Alpine Summit

Tuesday, August 23, 2005

J'Accuse!

So now the french are accusing Lance Armstrong of juicing. Of course. "How did zat stupeed amerikkan beet us so many timez?" I'd like to say I'm surprised at the french for trumping up charges against Armstrong, but I'm more annoyed than anything.

PARIS (Reuters) - Seven-times Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong has denied ever taking performance-enhancing drugs following a report in French newspaper L'Equipe that he had used the blood-boosting drug EPO.

Tour de France executive director Jean-Marie Leblanc said he felt let down by Armstrong after L'Equipe alleged the American had taken the banned drug in 1999, the year he first won the world's greatest cycle race.


So, some paper makes an accusation, and the executive director immediately gets behind the "report" and feels "let down" by 'zee stupeed amerikkan."

"I will simply restate what I have said many times: I have never taken performance-enhancing drugs," the 33-year-old, who retired in July, said in a statement on his personal website.

L'Equipe, saying it had access to laboratory documents, reported on Tuesday that six of Armstrong's urine samples collected on the 1999 Tour de France showed "indisputable" traces of EPO (erythropoietin).

L'Equipe published what it claimed to be a results sheet from the laboratory which appeared to show six figures revealing traces of EPO. The newspaper also published documents from the French cycling federation showing exactly the same figures under Armstrong's name.

The Chatenay-Malabry lab said in a statement that the samples they tested did not have names attached and they could not confirm if any of the samples were Armstrong's.

TEST RESULTS

The lab said all test results had been sent to WADA, the agency in charge of the fight against doping in world sport, on the condition they did not use them to take disciplinary action.

Despite the lack of proof and Armstrong's denials, cycling officials expressed disappointment.


Who needs proof when the charges are enough to smear a successful american? I'm reminded of the reports of Armstrong getting spit on as he won last year. There are a lot of disgusting people in France and I refuse to go there (as much as I'd like to) and I refuse to buy French products until they start encouraging people to be more respectful and nicer to America and americans. I'm not holding my breath though.

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