Lance Armstrong accused of using a motor in his Tour de France Bikes
New Allegations now emerge that Lance Armstrong was mechanical doping during his Tour de France victories by former head of the French Anti-Doping Agency
The life of Lance Armstrong can be summed up in a few words: from touching heaven to falling from grace.
The American won seven Tours de France under the story of overcoming testicular cancer a few years earlier, which turned out to be one of the biggest scams in the history of the sport due to a sophisticated doping system.
Stripped of his seven Tours and his prestige, the Texan confessed to doping several years after being stopped practicing any sport at a competitive level for life.
In the latest blow for Armstrong, his son Luke was arrested for an alleged sexual assault on a minor.
Now Lance must face a new accusation about his honesty on the bike, mechanical doping.
Jean-Pierre Verdy, former head of the French Anti-Doping Agency from 2006 to 2015, he explains in his latest book (Doping: My war on cheaters) his suspicion about Lance’s use of motors on his Tour bikes.
“Lance Armstrong is the best scam. With complicity at all levels. He received special treatment. Many told me that I should not address the legends, that I was going to find myself alone. But if the legends are based on something … also I think it had a motor on the bike. I still have the images in my head of a mountain stage where he left everyone on the ground. At the end of the stage, I call everyone the specialists that I know and do not understand how its performance is possible, even with EPO. Something was wrong and all the specialists told me the same thing."
"However, they were people in the middle, who knew the race well. It was not the EPO that made the difference, “he stated in the newspaper The Parisian.
Despite the accusations, the former head of the French anti-doping agency has no evidence of Armstrong’s mechanical doping.
Winner of the Tour de France in seven consecutive editions between 1999 and 2005, the American returned to the peloton in 2009.
But in 2012, the USADA had stripped him of his results from August 1998 until the end of his career. Armstrong confessed to his doping in January 2013.