Doping claims on Lance Armstrong are ridiculous
Lance Armstrong has been stripped of his Tour De France titles (AAP)
Seven-time Tour de France champion Lance Armstrong is once again in the public spotlight after the US Anti-Doping agency placed a fresh set of doping charges on the man.
The 40 year old, who is currently training in France for the world Ironman Championships, has slammed the charges and rightly so.
In an official statement on his website Armstrong stated “I have been notified that USADA, an organisation largely funded by taxpayer dollars but governed only by self-written rules, intends to again dredge up discredited allegations dating back more than 16 years to prevent me from competing as a triathlete”.
Armstrong accused them of trying to strip him of his hard-earned Tour de France victories.
“These are the very same charges and the same witnesses that the Justice Department chose not to pursue after a two-year investigation,” Armstrong continued.
“These charges are baseless.”
I could not agree more with the American’s response.
Remarkably, in only February this year, a two-year criminal investigation into doping charges on Armstrong ended, with the jury dropping the case.
Yet it seems to the USADA that another fresh new case must be opened again in order to reveal Lance Armstrong as a drug cheat.
What most people fail to remember is that the two-year investigation on Armstrong, which ended in February, was sparked by comments from Armstrong’s former team-mate Floyd Landis.
Landis was a self-confessed drug cheat, who was stripped of his 2006 Tour de France title and didn’t even admit to doping until 2010.
How can anyone trust a former drug cheat, who took four years to admit his actions on the matter of doping?
The thought infuriates and confuses me to the point of no end.
Armstrong has never failed a drug test.
As he pointed out on Wednesday, “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”.
“I have passed more than 500 drug tests and never failed one.”
The real reason behind the constant probes into Armstrong is the fact that many people cannot comprehend what he has achieved.
This is completely unfair and extremely disappointing.
Armstrong’s clean record is underlying evidence of the fact that he has never taken performance-enhancing drugs.
People have to realise how hard he has worked to win seven Tour de France titles and that he is a freak of nature.
We must not be fooled into thinking he cheated because his abilities are far greater than the average athlete.
My message to the USADA is to get off Lance Armstrong’s back.