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08/24/2005: play it again, Sam

last night ESPN's Outside The Lines covered the regurgitated/fresh alligations of doping against seven-time Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong. of course, L'Équipe (dutifully linked for my french/babelfish readers) was first to market with the story, continuing a long-standing tradition of 'hating the player, not the game'.

Lance's response from his website is as follows:

A statement by Lance Armstrong
regarding the L’Equipe article:

8/22/2005 - "Yet again, a European newspaper has reported that I have tested positive for performance enhancing drugs. Tomorrow’s L’Equipe, a French sports daily, is reporting that my 1999 samples were positive. Unfortunately, the witch hunt continues and tomorrow’s article is nothing short of tabloid journalism.

The paper even admits in its own article that the science in question here is faulty and that I have no way to defend myself. They state: “There will therefore be no counter-exam nor regulatory prosecutions, in a strict sense, since defendant’s rights cannot be respected.”

I will simply restate what I have said many times: I have never taken performance enhancing drugs."

for my NYTimes readers, here's their coverage.

an unfortunate continuation of an old saga, but one that i hope with time will be rendered impotent.

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