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Lance Armstrong Charged With Doping. Again.

New allegations could finally ruin the Tour de France champ's reputation.


Armstrong adamantly denies the claims.
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By Valerie Tejeda


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Former cycling champion Lance Armstrong is facing new allegations from the US Anti-Doping Agency of using performance-enhancing drugs during many of his races. The seven-time Tour de France winner could be stripped of his victories and receive a lifetime ban from the sport if found guilty. Armstrong, as well as five former members of his staff—a trainer, three doctors and a manager—is accused of participating in a huge doping conspiracy from 1998-2011. This is the second time Armstrong has been in hot water—earlier charges were dropped in February. The USADA notified Armstrong of the new allegations in a 15-page letter, stating that blood samples taken in 2009 and 2010 were "consistent with blood manipulation including EPO use and/or blood transfusions." The 40-year-old cyclist took to twitter to dismiss the claims: "These charges are baseless, motivated by spite and advanced through testimony bought and paid for by promises of anonymity and immunity." He added that after more than 500 drug tests, he's never failed once. But David Howman, the director of the World Anti-Doping Agency, says that not testing positive doesn’t mean there isn’t any noteworthy evidence. "I think it's significant that it's not an athlete alone being charged. It's an athlete/entourage," he says. "There have been a lot of athletes who have faced sanctions through non-analytical evidence. We do not rely on science only nowadays. You cannot accept that science alone will find those who might be breaching the rules." When the charges were made, Armstrong was overseas training for a triathlon—he's since been banned from competing. A hearing for his case is expected by November. 

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