France on Armstrong Probe: We Will Share 'Everything'

It has his urine samples from the 1999 Tour de France
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 16, 2010 10:03 AM CST
This file photo taken July 25, 2010, shows Lance Armstrong looking back on the podium after the 20th and last stage of the Tour de France cycling race in Paris, France.   (AP Photo/Bas Czerwinski, File)

(Newser) – Are things about to get really bad for Lance Armstrong? The US is taking France up on its offer to share evidence related to the Armstrong doping investigation, an official source tells the AP. Talks between US officials and France's anti-doping agency are scheduled for this week, and France—which has some of Armstrong's urine samples—will share "everything" with the US, the official says. Officials from the US FDA, the US Anti-Doping Agency, and a US federal prosecutor are already in France.

The anonymous source adds that his country is prepared to share "everything we know, everything we have, in the fridges, in the freezers, everything, everywhere" and will answer "everything that they ask." A French sports daily first reported in 2005 that Armstrong's 1999 samples contained performance-enhancing drugs; France has previously said it would hand over samples from that year if asked. Says Armstrong's counsel in an e-mail statement: "The samples were clean when originally provided and tested. So we have nothing to be concerned about. Period."

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