As we mentioned earlier, record-breaking cyclist Lance Armstrong is in the middle of some major drama with the French anti-doping agency AFLD due to a drug test he took last month.
Despite being found drug-free after testing, the douches at AFLD are claiming Lance "did not respect the obligation to remain under the direct and permanent observation" of the doctor!
The AFLD is still looking into a proper punishment, but many are worried they're trying to screw with Lance's shot of competing in this year's Tour de France.
As for Armstrong, he's had enough with the witch hunt. The drug-FREE cyclist is speaking out. He says:
"Outrageous reports yesterday coming out of France allege that I 'misbehaved' during a recent unannounced drug test performed by the French government while I was training in southern France in early March. This 24th test, which included a blood test, a urine test, and a test of a substantial quantity of my hair, was also negative. I returned home that day after a long training ride to find a man chasing me as I rode up to the house."
The problem started when Lance took a 20 minute shower while his manager, Johan Bruyneel, checked the stalker official's credentials. You can't just have any psycho putting needles into Lance!!!
"I also had never heard of a laboratory (as opposed to an anti-doping organization) sending testers to collect samples. We asked the tester for evidence of his authority. We looked at his papers but they were far from clear or impressive and we still had significant questions about who he was or for whom he worked. I was there with Johan Bruyneel and two other people. We told the tester we wanted to check with the UCI to confirm who he was and to make sure he wasn’t just some French guy with a backpack and some equipment to take my blood and urine. Johan stayed with him and in his presence called the UCI to find out what was going on. We asked if it was OK for me to run inside and shower while they made their calls and the tester said that was fine."
And there you have it. Lance only left to shower after getting permission. But why would they send a lab jockey to do the tests?
"I did not try to evade or delay the testing process that day. I had just returned from an all day training session, wasn’t sure who this French man at my home was, and as soon as the UCI confirmed that he was authorized to conduct the tests, I let him take all the samples he requested. I find it amazing that I've been tested 24 times without incident and the first test I do in France results in more outrageous allegations and negative leaks to the press. This is just another example of the improper behavior by the French laboratory and the French anti-doping organizations. I am sorry that they are disappointed that all the tests were negative, but I do not use any prohibited drugs or substances."
Leave Armstrong alone!
He's got another Tour de France to win!
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