SI Uncovers New Allegations Regarding Lance Armstrong’s Doping Case
January 19, 2011
(ChattahBox Sports News)—FDA agents are focusing a grand jury inquiry into whether seven-time Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong was involved in a doping operation between 1999 and 2004 while he was a member of the U.S. Postal Service cycling team, and Sports Illustrated has done some research of its own. The magazine intends to run its revelations regarding Armstrong’s potential doping activities in its Jan. 24 issue, SI.com reports.
The article intends to report that Armstrong gained access to HemAssist in the late 1990s, a drug used in cases of blood loss, which can boost the blood’s oxygen-carrying capacity, although Armstrong denies ever taking the drug. In addition, Armstrong’s former teammate Floyd Landis told SI about an event in 2003 when the team’s charter airline was searched by customs officials in St. Moritz. Landis says that drugs with Spanish labels, as well as syringes, were found in Armstrong’s bag, but that someone in the group convinced the agents that the materials were used for vitamin injections and let them through. Armstrong denies that this incident happened.
Between 1993 and 1996, a UCLA lab appears to have reported above-average levels of the testosterone-epitestosterone ratio in Armstrong’s blood on three separate occasions, but the lab was unable to get secondary confirmation of the unusual blood levels, SI reports. Armstrong denies ever taking performance-enhancing drugs and says he has never been informed of a positive test.