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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

(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.

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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. (Read more Lance Armstrong stories.)

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