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sorry this is in German, but you get the sense. will try to translate eventually, unless some German native speaker would do it. ;)

Armstrong positiv getestet
1999 gewann Lance Armstrong die Tour de France zum ersten Mal

Paris/München - Die Radsport-Welt unter Schock: Lance Armstrong steht unter Doping-Verdacht!

Der siebenmalige Sieger der Tour de France soll 1999 bei seinem ersten Erfolg in Frankreich mit EPO nachgeholfen haben. Das berichtet die französische Zeitung "L'Equipe".

Sechs Urinproben positiv

Im französischen Labor in Chatenay-Malabry wurde dem Bericht zufolge in sechs Urinproben des Amerikaners EPO festgestellt.

Die A-Proben des 33-Jährigen waren damals noch negativ ausgefallen. Diese Proben wurden vernichtet, die B-Proben jedoch aufbewahrt.

Mit neuesten Test-Methoden machten sich die Wissenschaftler später in den B-Proben auf sie Suche nach unerlaubten Mitteln - und wurden fündig.

Schon beim Prolog positiv?

Die Vorwürfe werfen einen Schatten auf die Karriere des "Tourminators". Immer wieder hatte Armstrong beteuert, nie mit unerlaubten Mitteln nachgeholfen zu haben.

Auch jetzt wehrt er sich vehement gegen die Vorwürfe: "Ich habe niemals leistungssteigernde Mittel genommen. Das ist purer Skandaljournalismus der L'Equipe", erklärte Armstrong auf seiner Internetseite.

Doch in den Proben nach dem Prolog der Tour 1999 am 3. Juli in Puy-du-Fou, nach der ersten Etappe von Montaigu nach Challans, dem neunten Teilstück von Grand-Bornand nach Sestrières, Etappe Nummer zehn Sestrières - L'Alpe d'Huez, zwölf Saint-Galmier - Saint-Flour und 14 Castres - Saint-Gaudens fanden sich erhöhte EPO-Werte.

EPO wird seit 1983 synthetisch hergestellt


Erythropoetin (EPO) ist ein in der Niere produziertes körpereigenes Hormon, das die Bildung roter Blutzellen in den Stammzellen des Knochenmarks anregt.

Diese Erythrozyten binden in der Lunge Sauerstoff und transportieren diesen zur Versorgung der Zellen in die verschiedenen Körperregionen wie die Muskulatur. Seit 1983 ist es möglich, EPO synthetisch herzustellen.

Unter anderem wurde Ex-Tour-Sieger Marco Pantani des EPO-Doping überführt.

Anschuldigungen seit Jahren

Seit mehreren Jahren muss sich Armstrong mit Doping-Anschuldigungen auseinander setzen.

Unmittelbar vor der Tour de France 2004 erschien zu diesem Thema das Buch "L.A. Confidential - die Geheimnisse des Lance Armstrong".

Darin bezichtigen eine ehemalige Masseurin, frühere Teamkameraden und der ehemalige Tour-de-France Sieger Greg LeMond Armstrong des EPO-Dopings.

Armstrong geht gegen den Autoren David Walsh juristisch vor.

Anklage gegen Dr. Ferrari scheitert

2000 musste der Amerikaner eingestehen, dass ihn der italienische Arzt Dr. Michele Ferrari seit 1995 berät. Diesem wurde vor Gericht vorgeworfen, Radsportler mit Dopingmitteln zu versorgen.

Die Anklage scheiterte jedoch aus Mangel an Beweisen.

Positiver Test von 1999 ohne Folgen

Ein dokumentierter positiver Doping-Befund von Armstrong existiert jedoch. Er datiert pikanterweise vom 4. Juli 1999.

Damals wurde schon während der Rundfahrt ein erhöhter Kortikoid-Wert festgestellt, der mit einem Rezept erklärt wurde.

Das Rezept soll vordatiert worden sein. Der positive Test blieb folgenlos.

Michael Schwartz/sport1.de
 

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Yes, I have heard about this, but they won't take away his title and it was an open secret that he had the high haemoglobin levels which weren't due to hormonal problems.

The only thing that is almost surprising is that he might have got caught.
 

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merci, Choupinsky. here's from the bbc:

Armstrong denies drug allegations

Armstrong wins seventh Tour
Seven-times Tour de France champion Lance Armstrong has denied claims in French newspaper L'Equipe that he was using blood-boosting drugs in 1999.
"Yet again, a European newspaper has reported that I've tested positive for performance-enhancing drugs," he told his website www.lancearmstrong.com.

"L'Equipe is reporting that my 1999 samples were positive.

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

Armstrong added: "Unfortunately, the witch hunt continues and the 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'."

The 33-year-old American retired from racing after claiming an unprecedented seventh Tour victory last month.

Armstrong, who won his first Tour in 1999 after recovering from life-threatening cancer, has never tested positive for a banned substance.
 

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Deivid23 said:
Nothing new at the sun...
Rain is wet and Lance took drugs, that is right that there is nothing new here.
 
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Deivid23 said:
Cycling is so full of shit it´s scary
It's the sport where they do the latest experiments in substances that can give an edge to the athlete.
 

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GeorgeWHitler said:
It's the sport where they do the latest experiments in substances that can give an edge to the athlete.
Sure, I used to like it but these things made me take it out from my sports menu.

BTW, watch out this Spanish football season, I have some nice feelings about my team doing well :)
 

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Deivid23 said:
Sure, I used to like it but these things made me take it out from my sports menu.

BTW, watch out this season I have some nice feelings about my team doing well :)
I understand I have the same feelings about most sports but for different reasons.

Nothing will happen to Armstrong that's the thing, even if it has been 100 % proven.
 

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Well, I dunno why l'Equipe's (french medias in general) always hounding poor Armrstrong. 4 months of inquiry to prove what ? Everybody (maybe except mr bush) knows Lance is like all the cylists... :rolleyes:
 

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This was bound to get out in public anyway. What strikes me most is that it happens AFTER he retires... Like it was a deal that was signed or something.
 

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Well, I dunno why l'Equipe's (french medias in general) always hounding poor Armrstrong. 4 months of inquiry to prove what ? Everybody (maybe except mr bush) knows Lance is like all the cylists... :rolleyes:
Lance isn't like all the other cyclists. He's been caught when retired! Others haven't been that lucky...but it's true, they haven't been considered a half god because they had been able to win the Tour 7 times in a row! ;)
 

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http://sport.guardian.co.uk/cycling/story/0,10482,1554662,00.html

Armstrong denies drug claims

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

Paul Doyle
Tuesday August 23, 2005

Armstrong has hit out at what he calls a "witch hunt".

One month after winning a record seventh Tour de France, cycling legend Lance Armstrong has angrily rejected allegations that he tested positive for a performance-enhancing drug, and insisted he is the victim of a "witch hunt."

Despite undergoing regular tests, Armstrong has never before tested positive for a banned substance. And he dismissed today's claims in French newspaper L'Equipe emphatically.

"Yet again, a European newspaper has reported that I have tested positive for performance-enhancing drugs," he told his official website. "A French sports daily, is reporting that my 1999 samples were positive. Unfortunately, the witch hunt continues and the 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."

Armstrong has been dubbed by many as the greatest athlete of all time, after recovering from testicular cancer to win one of the world's toughest endurance races more times than anyone else. Just before announcing his retirement last month, he delivered a message to people who questioned hoiw he achieved such a feat.

"For the people who don't believe in cycling - the cynics, the sceptics - I'm sorry for you," he said. "I'm sorry you can't dream big and I'm sorry you don't believe in miracles."
 

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"For the people who don't believe in cycling - the cynics, the sceptics - I'm sorry for you," he said. "I'm sorry you can't dream big and I'm sorry you don't believe in miracles."
The only miracle related to Mr Armstrong I wanna strongly believe in is his victory over that cancer that has threatened his life. That fight was a tough one and he's won it with panache. He'll get my everlasting admiration and respect for that. But, denying the truth to that point is a true shame, and reading that l'Equipe is a daily tabloid, well, that's been the joke of the day!
 

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Choupi said:
The only miracle related to Mr Armstrong I wanna strongly believe in is his victory over that cancer that has threatened his life. That fight was a tough one and he's won it with panache. He'll get my everlasting admiration and respect for that. But, denying the truth to that point is a true shame, and reading that l'Equipe is a daily tabloid, well, that's been the joke of the day!
Well he survived the cancer and accusing l'Equipe of being a tabloid is funny.
 
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