France Joins US in Drug Probe of Lance Armstrong By pete ess, Newser User Posted Sep 16, 2010 9:51 AM CDT Promoted on Newser Sep 16, 2010 3:49 PM CDT 7 comments Comments A file photo of Lance Armstrong from this year's Tour de France. (AP) (User Submitted) – Seven-time Tour de France champion Lance Armstrong's blood is coming out of the closet. Pierre Bordry, head of France's anti-doping agency, is ready to collaborate fully with a US federal investigation into allegations that Armstrong's backup "B" samples from 1999 contained EPO—a banned blood-boosting hormone. All Jeff Novitzky, the FDA agent leading the US investigation, has to do is make an official request and Bordry will hand over Armstrong's "B" samples from the 1999 Tour to him. Read the full article or see previous stories on the allegations here.