Lance Armstrong Faces New Doping Charges
US agency's move means he can't compete in triathlons
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 13, 2012 3:54 PM CDT
Lance Armstrong speaks during a news conference after competing in a Texas triathlon in April.   (AP Photo/Houston Chronicle, Michael Paulsen)

(Newser) – Lance Armstrong's seven Tour de France titles still aren't safe: He faces serious new charges that he doped his way to cycling glory, reports the Washington Post. The newspaper obtained a letter from the US Anti-Doping Agency announcing the formal charges, which also mean that he is immediately banned from his new sport—competing in triathlons—until the matter is resolved.

The USADA letter states that samples it collected from Armstrong in 2009 and 2010 were “fully consistent with blood ma­nipu­la­tion including EPO use and/or blood transfusions." Armstrong, as he has done all along, denied the charges. “I have never doped, and, unlike many of my accusers, I have competed as an endurance athlete for 25 years with no spike in performance, passed more than 500 drug tests and never failed one," he said in a statement. He was cleared in a federal investigation earlier this year.