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July 01, 2005

Armstrong gets random dope test, summons

www.cyclingnews.com | French government random dope control tests one rider: Lance Armstrong

Six time Tour de France champion Lance Armstrong submitted blood and urine samples to the French Ministry of Youth and Sport Friday afternoon, as the “random” selection apparently selected the defending champion.

Tim Maloney at cyclingnews.com quotes unnamed sources that the test today was Armstrong's sixth out-of-competition drug check this season.

Meanwhile, Armstrong has been summoned to appear in Paris next year in a defamation proceeding brought by Filippo Simeoni when Armstrong called Simeoni an "absolute liar." Armstrong was defending longtime adviser Dr. Michele Ferrari, who Simeoni claimed had provided him with and taught him how to use performance-enhancing drugs.

Ferrari was convicted in October 2004 of sports fraud and illegally acting as a pharmacist, but acquitted on charges he distributed doping products. At least officially, Armstrong ended his relationship with Ferrari after the trial; I say officially because Dan Coyle has reported that Ferrari was spotted in Girona in March.

Armstrong also appeared in March before an Italian magistrate considering investigating whether Armstrong tried to get Simeoni removed from the Domina Vacanze team.

Posted by Frank Steele on July 1, 2005 in Doping, Lance Armstrong | Permalink

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