July 09, 2006

LATimes on Lance Armstrong allegations

The LA Times today has a detailed report on doping allegations against Lance Armstrong, obtained from confidential records of a contract arbitration earlier this year that was settled in Armstrong’s favor.

All the evidence is circumstantial and unverifiable, but is getting added attention now that many of the top riders from last year’s Tour were disqualified this year for alleged blood doping, and ratings in the U.S. are down over forty percent. The article has a detailed explanation of how the banned substance, synthetic EPO, works, and discusses sworn testimony and disputed scientific findings that were supposed to be sealed after the proceedings ruled that it could not be proven that Armstrong had used EPO, so he is sure to be particularly upset that he’s being tried all over again now in the press.