Armstrong says L'Equipe on a 'witch hunt'

23rd August 2005, Comments 0 comments

NANTES, Aug 23 – It appears that Lance Armstrong is destined to spend the first part of his retirement at least defending himself and his record.

NANTES, Aug 23 – It appears that Lance Armstrong is destined to spend the first part of his retirement at least defending himself and his record.

Armstrong issued a comment Monday in advance of an article in French sporting daily L'Equipe that accused him of using performance-enhancing drugs during his 1999 Tour de France race, the first of his seven championships.

He posted the following statement to his official website before L'Equipe's article even appeared in Tuesday's edition:

"Yet again, a European newspaper has reported that I have tested positive for performance enhancing drugs. Tomorrow’s L’Equipe, a French sports daily, is reporting that my 1999 samples were positive. Unfortunately, the witch hunt continues and tomorrow’s article is nothing short of tabloid journalism. The paper even admits in its own article that the science in question here is faulty and that I have no way to defend myself.

They state: 'There will therefore be no counter-exam nor regulatory prosecutions, in a strict sense, since defendant’s rights cannot be respected.' I will simply restate what I have said many times: I have never taken performance enhancing drugs."

Armstrong's legal team has already filed a libel case against London's The Sunday Times, which is currently scheduled to go to trial in November.

Armstrong is suing the British newspaper for printing a review of the book 'LA Confidential, The Secrets of Lance Armstrong', which likewise details circumstantial evidence that Armstrong has used banned substances to fuel his victories.

The book, co-written by Sunday Times sportswriter David Walsh and former L'Equipe writer Pierre Ballester, was published in France shortly before the 2004 Tour de France.

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Subject: French news, cycling, Tour de France, Lance Armstrong, L'Equipe, doping

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