Tour de France winner Armstrong denies doping allegation
Reuters | Aug 23 3:24 AM US/Eastern
LONDON (Reuters) - Seven-times Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong has denied ever taking performance-enhancing drugs following a report in French newspaper L'Equipe that he had used the blood-boosting drug EPO in 1999.
"I will simply restate what I have said many times: I have never taken performance-enhancing drugs," the American said in a statement on his personal website.
L'Equipe, saying it had access to laboratory documents, reported on Tuesday that six of Armstrong's urine samples collected on the 1999 Tour de France showed "indisputable" traces of EPO (erythropoietin).
The laboratory and Tour de France officials declined to comment.
Armstrong retired after winning his record seventh Tour de France in July. The 1999 Tour win was his first.