PtG Article 21.05.2010

New doping accusations against Lance Armstrong

Floyd Landis, the American cyclist whose 2006 Tour De France victory was nullified after a positive doping test, in recent weeks sent a series of emails to cycling officials and sponsors admitting to, and detailing, his systematic use of blood transfusions and claimed that other riders and cycling officials allegedly participated in such practices, including seven-time Tour de France winner Mr. Armstrong.

He alleged Mr. Armstrong helped him understand the way the drugs worked.

"He and I had lengthy discussions about it on our training rides during which time he also explained to me the evolution of EPO testing and how transfusions were now necessary due to the inconvenience of the new test," Mr. Landis claimed in the email

Landis's accusations prompted Armstrong to hold an impromptu press conference, where he denied allegations that he participated in banned performance-enhancing measures, questioning the credibility of former teammate Landis.

SOURCE: Wall Street Journal