Seven-time Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong is again facing charges that he used performance enhancing drugs while competing for those titles. If found to be true, Armstrong faces a lifetime ban from cycling and he could lose all of his cycling victories.
The Washington Post obtained a letter from the US Anti-Doping Agency that said it collected blood samples in 2010-11 that were "fully consistent with blood manipulation including EPO use and/or blood transfusions."
Armstrong's LIVESTRONG Challenge is scheduled to be in Davis on June 24, which is less than two weeks away. Armstrong Tweeted the following statement Wednesday:
I have been notified that USADA, an organization 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 and try and strip me of the seven Tour de France victories I earned. These are the very same charges and the same witnesses that the Justice Department chose not to pursue after a two-year investigation. These charges are baseless, motivated by spite and advanced through testimony bought and paid for by promises of anonymity and immunity. Although USADA alleges a wide-ranging conspiracy extended over more than 16 years, I am the only athlete it has chosen to charge. USADA’s malice, its methods, its star-chamber practices, and its decision to punish first and adjudicate later all are at odds with our ideals of fairness and fair play.
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.
So do you think it is fair to continue to go after Armstrong on these charges or is it time to let it go?