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Lance Armstrong

Banned from Triathlons

Over Doping Allegations

6/13/2012 2:00 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Lance Armstrong has been BANNED from competing in triathlons ... effective immediately ... over new allegations that he participated in a massive doping conspiracy.

According to the Washington Post,  the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency has smacked Armstrong with formal charges ... claiming Lance and 5 of his cycling associates conspired to use and distribute illegal substances from 1998 until 2011.

The USADA claims Armstrong has been using EPO, blood transfusions, testosterone, corticosteroids and masking agents.

The USADA also claims it collected blood samples from Armstrong in 2009 and 2010 that were “fully consistent with blood ma­nipu­la­tion including EPO use and/or blood transfusions.”

Now, Armstrong is firing back in a new statement .... claiming the allegations are "baseless, motivated by spite and advanced through testimony bought and paid for by promises of anonymity and immunity."

Armstrong continues, "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."

"That USADA ignores this fundamental distinction and charges me instead of the admitted dopers says far more about USADA, its lack of fairness and this vendetta than it does about my guilt or innocence."

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46.

MadCharles    

This cheat spent lost of money getting the scam Prop 29 through and failed. Glad he failed again. I hope this cost him everything.

759 days ago
47.

Bob    

USADA is a pseudo scientific embarrassment. Witch hunt on. O+Prove it or STFU

759 days ago
48.

anymous    

he is gross, he likes to show naked photos of himself in 1st class section of airplanes..

759 days ago
49.

lov153    

people have no life !!!! Always looking for the bad on people !!!

759 days ago
50.

paul    

It is about time! Everybody in cycling knew that he had used illegal substances.

759 days ago
51.

rusty    

why dont they prove it first then ban. seems odd that they ban without proof. something smells fishy. plus hes not gonna win any ironmans so who cares.

759 days ago
52.

tina    

he passed because he paid people off or that is what thye rumors say

759 days ago
53.

ectogestator    

Not only did Lance dope, he doped hard enough to contaminate Sheryl Crow. Sheryl has brain tumors from swapping contaminated fluids with Lance.

759 days ago
54.

Lydia    

" ... I have competed as an endurance athlete for 25 years with no spike in performance ... "

What does this mean? What took him an hour 25 years ago - still takes him an hour now?

759 days ago
55.

nadine     

Why are people suprise....New technology in testing is enabling the dope committe to go back and test samples....Lance chemist didn't not count on this happening uh? UNblocking the Block!

759 days ago
56.

abby    

I've always felt he has cheated and they just haven't been able to prove it. I hope they can this time.

759 days ago
57.

Don Martin    

So what is the USADA gonna do force him to use training wheels and ban him from Viagra and Geritol use? Talk about the mice that roared....

759 days ago
58.

djoeandlav    

Hmmmm........pacquiao never tested for ped's either .....what a coincidence!!!

759 days ago
59.

MZ    

He and his foundation has done great for people because of who he is. Who cares it is cycling the only reason I even knew there was such a sport is because of him. come on cycling why should anyone care?

759 days ago
60.

mike    

this show me that if an unknow agent from an unknow organization say a big fat lie you are in trouble automatically, just like that, destroy your reputation and downgrade your carrere, a lot of effort to see the people pointing with the finger just like an addict.
It;s imposible that this guy passed ten years of test, for me is a lie.

759 days ago
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