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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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Carl    

I support Lance for now, but if they really do have hard evidence of cheating I'll have even less respect for him than I do Marion Jones.

826 days ago
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tiki    

They do have hard evidence. His teammates fessed up to it.

826 days ago
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stu    

i heard he went on Mathew Mcconaughey honeymoon.

826 days ago
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A1A    

The most drug tested man in the history of sports. No one, in any sport, has had as many drug tests, and not once has he tested positive. That's not to say he never did the clear and the cream, but he could not have done either very often or he would have been caught by now. They caught so many others in the same races he got tested in but he always tested clean. Its interesting that everyone including his teammates who says he used, were all tested positive, while Armstrong tested negative, and they only spoke about Armstrong after they got a deal. There is something going on against Armstrong other than doping allegations, seems like there are some people who really want to bring him down for some reason.

826 days ago
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cocopuff56    

Are you kidding me???? There are still idiots out there that believe that Lance Armstrong doesn't dope? He is a liar and a cheater and now they have the evidence. Can't wait to see this ego maniac go down and have to relinquish all his tour de France wins.

826 days ago
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charley    

the one nut wonder is at it again...yeah azz ole...its everyone elses fault...been taking lessons from that other liar lindsay lohan!

826 days ago
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Let's be real    

It's unfortunate that people continue to tear muddy Lance Armstrong's extraordinary success as a world class elite athlete purely in an effort to make themselves look/or feel better. Hearsay is not hard evidence. If you try hard you get good results....I feel for Lance.

826 days ago
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sPaNkdEnALgAs    

Leave Lance alone....you know that this is gonna get overturned & he's gonna be able to compete!

826 days ago
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I am Spartacus    

Of course he cheated. We'd be idiots to believe he was the ONLY guy who DIDN'T cheat (including on his own team) in the dirtiest sport out there yet he was the won who still won every year. C'mon man.

826 days ago
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jackmama311    

please say it ain't so....otherwise it's just another in a number of let downs of a great athlete. team armstrong.

826 days ago
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Rich    

wow, they have waged a campaign against him just for winning. And now the USA is charging him. Leave Lance alone and let him compete.

826 days ago
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Jack    

Majority vote innocent, wow, lots of naive people here. So let assume for a second that he was clean for all 7 wins. That measn:

1) Doping doesn't work because he competitors have already admitted they doped during those same races.

2) He's so much better that even clean he is better and stronger than his doping competitors.

Both are highly unlikely. He's guilty folks.

826 days ago
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Jdawg    

PLease !!! You dont keep constantly getting accused of something your not doing. Lance has been doping all along.

826 days ago
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jared phillips    

He is really small and frail looking though, people on steroids are bigger than this guy, so no, he's not doping.

826 days ago
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Kristen    

He's been tested multiple, multiple times and has come up negative each time. Every investigation they have done thus far has shown him to be innocent. Why is this still going on?
That being said, if he really did cheat then he deserves to get caught. But it sounds like someone has a vendetta against him. If everyone else on his team was doping too, why did Lance still win every year?

826 days ago
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