With the cycling season kicking into high gear, the strongest doping allegations yet against Lance Armstrong surfaced Thursday in a barrage of detailed messages from Floyd Landis, the disgraced rider and former teammate who finally confessed to years of cheating himself.
In a series of e-mails sent to sponsors and sports officials, Landis alleged Armstrong not only joined him in doping but taught others how to beat the system and paid the former president of the International Cycling Union to keep a failed test quiet.
A federal appeals court on Friday cleared the way for Minnesota Vikings Pat Williams and Kevin Williams to play all season, despite the NFL’s attempts to suspend them for violating the league’s anti-doping policy.
PARIS (AP) — The Tour de France ended Sunday without a single rider testing positive for doping — so far.
At an event hit by at least one drug scandal every year since 2000, including six in 2008 alone, does the lack of positives mean the peloton is clean?
With the competition reduced to an afterthought, the Tour de France was rocked by another drug bust Thursday that left cycling’s showpiece event all but synonymous with doping.
This was the third time in this race that a rider has been caught, and it netted the biggest name yet: Italy’s Riccardo Ricco, a winner of two stages.
Doping is back at the Tour de France. It did not stay away very long.
The peaceful lull that had observers feeling optimistic did not last longer than a week, and the showcase race that was plunged into depths of despair last year, sank right back down again following news Friday of Manuel Beltran’s positive test for the performance-enhancer EPO.
He was immediately kicked out of the Tour and suspended by his team, Liquigas.
July 12, 2008
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