January 19, 2011 by staff
Lance Armstrong, (AP) – Lance Armstrong says he has nothing to fear “at any level” on the new doping allegations raised in a report by Sports Illustrated. The seven-time Tour de France winner curtly dismissed questions about the story before taking part in the second stage of the Tour Down Under Wednesday.
In a report published Tuesday on its website, the magazine Sports Illustrated previewed a bit more investigation, which will appear in this week’s issue, released on Wednesday that the challenges faced Armstrong that he cut ties with an Italian doctor and training consultant who has long been accused of helping cyclists cheat.
Armstrong repeatedly refused to comment on the report on Wednesday before saying he had read and I have nothing to worry about at any level. “Johan Bruyneel, Armstrong’s mentor and manager of this team Radio Shack, also declined to discuss the report.
Without identifying its source, Sports Illustrated said that when the Italian authorities raided the home of Armstrong teammate Yaroslav Popovych in Italy last November, they found texts and e-mail links between the Radio Shack team with Dr. Michele Ferrari as recently as 2009.
Armstrong publicly severed his ties with Ferrari in 2004, following accusations the physician assisted by another pilot in the use of doping products. Ferrari was convicted and later cleared of criminal charges on appeal.
Armstrong spokesman Mark Fabiani called the report from Sports Illustrated “old news the same old, discredited sources.
A U.S. federal grand jury in Los Angeles has been hearing evidence for months on cheating in professional cycling. The investigation turned to Armstrong – and several of his associates have testified before the committee – from former teammate Floyd Landis has accused the seven-time Tour de France winner of systematic doping.
Armstrong won the Tour de France every year from 1999 to 2005. He is currently 60th overall after two stages in the Tour Down Under, Armstrong, who has said will be his last race outside the United States.
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