Tour de France May Kick Me Out: Armstrong

By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 10, 2009 7:29 PM CDT
Lance Armstrong listens to Dr. Douglas Elenz before surgery on his broken right collarbone Wednesday, March 25 2009, in Austin, Texas.   (AP Photo/Elizabeth Kreutz)
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(Newser) – The French Anti-Doping Agency may ban Lance Armstrong from competing in this year's Tour de France, the cyclist said in an online video today. "There is a very high likelihood they will prohibit me from riding on the Tour," Armstrong said. "It's too bad. The Tour is something I love dearly." The agency said yesterday they may discipline Armstrong for avoiding the supervision of a drugs tester.

The 37-year-old racer failed to stay under the tester's "direct and permanent observation" during a visit to Armstrong's southern France residence last month, the agency said. In a video posted on his cancer-fighting website, Armstrong said the tester "was odd... he seemed suspicious." Armstrong defended himself against doping accusations 4 years ago, when a French sports daily claimed that his urine samples tested positive for a blood-boosting substance.