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Armstrong Affair- The Lab Suspended?- 09/21/05
Armstrong will not return- 09/15/05
Armstrong Affair- The ICU denounces the WADA- 09/09/05
Suspicion about US Postal- 09/04/05
Armstrong Affair- The ICU Will Report Soon- 08/29/05
The Doubts of Armstrong- 08/25/05

Armstrong Affair- The Lab Suspended?- 09/21/05

The Lance Armstrong affair has decidedly not finished making noise in the world of cycling.  
This time it is the laboratory of Châtenay-Malabry that finds itself in the eye of the storm.  The
Association of International Olympic Federations (ASOIF) has asked the World Antidoping
Agency (WADA) to provisionally suspend the laboratory for having divulged information about
the presumed doping of Lance Armstrong.

In a letter sent Tuesday, the ASOIF and the Commission of the Committee of Interational
Olympic Athletes reproach the laboratory for having violated its code of ethics by commenting
on information which showed the presence of EPO in the urine of Lance Armstrong in samples
taken during the 1999 Tour de France.  “We are asking that the WADA lead a complete
investigation to shed light on violations committed and to identify and sanction the responsible
parties.  We are also asking that during the investigation, the WADA suspend the
accreditation of the laboratory of Châtenay-Malabry”, stated the letter, which was co-signed by
the presidents of the ASOIF Denis Oswald and the Commission of International Olympic
Athletes, Sergei Bubka.

The laboratory is under pressure for two reasons:  first because the tests were supposed to
be for scientific ends, not for doping control, and also because it is not clear how the results
became known.


Armstrong will not return- 09/15/05

The American Lance Armstrong, seven time winner of the Tour de France, confirmed on
Thursday that he will remain in retirement and does not envision a return to competition.

The champion, who will be 34 years old on September 18, announced his retirement on July
24th in Paris at the end of his seventh victory in the Grand Boucle (the Tour de France).  But
following accusations of doping in the Tour de France 1999 which have followed him since the
end of August, Armstrong left open the possibility at the beginning of September that he might
return to the Hexagone (France) to try to win an eighth victory in the Tour in order to get
revenge on his detractors.

“I have nothing to hide”
“I am happy about my career. (…) I will not go back there (to France).  I want to be happy and
thus why not say that I will not go back there” to the competition, announced the Texas cyclist.  
During this declaration Thursday, he took advantage of the opportunity to deny one more time
the accusations that have been made about him: “I’m going to say it in just a few words: I have
nothing to hide”.

“I reopened the discussion several weeks ago by saying that I might return”, he followed, but “I
know that if I return, there is no chance that I would be treated fairly by the labs, on the side of
the road, at the hotels, or with the food”.

The manager of the Discovery Channel team, Dan Osipow, affirmed that Armstrong could
count on the support of the team if he decided to come back to competition.  “We are going to
wait until he decides, and he knows that if he wants to come back the team will be behind him”,
declared the manager.

In its edition of 23 August, the daily sports journal L’Equipe affirmed that traces of EPO were
found in the urine samples of Armstrong which dated from 1999 and were analyzed in 2004
during scientific tests.

Armstrong Affair- The ICU denounces the WADA- 09/09/05

The International Cycling Union on Friday denounced the attitude of the World Anti-doping
Agency in the Armstrong affaire, stating that the publication in the press of the results of
laboratory tests violated “the private sphere” of the rider.  The ICU, in a public communication
on Friday, “confirms its engagement in the investigations looking to discover why and how the
press was able to access this confidential information”.


On August 23 the French sports daily L’Equipe revealed that urine samples of Armstrong
taken during the Tour de France 1999 contained EPO.  The International Cycling Union
“deplores that the principle of confidentiality was so flagrantly violated, without any respect for
ethics or for the privacy of the racers”.

“The ICU” continued the communiqué, “also regrets, one more time, that the president of the
WAA, Mr. Richard Pound, jumped to conclusions based on an article in the press”, and called
upon governments and sports authorities to think about “sanctions which would be adopted if
infractions on the part of one of their organizations were to be discovered”.

Friday morning, the president of the ICU, Hein Verbruggen, indirectly accused the WADA of
having publicized the controversial analyses.  Mr. Pound, the president of the WADA, “put all
the attention on Armstrong, and he had an interest in doing so in order that attention was not
focused on the WADA and its role in this affair”, he declared in an interview with Figaro.

As for the root of the affair, the accusations of doping against Armstrong, the ICU is not yet
taking a position, affirming that it does not have at its disposition sufficient information.

Suspicion about US Postal- 09/04/05

A former soigneur for the U.S. Postal Service team close to Lance Armstrong, who is accused
of doping in the 1999 Tour de France, the Dutchman Ron Jongen, revealed that “very strange
things” took place during the Tour de France that year.

In an interview on August 27th with a journalist for the Dutch daily Limburgsdagblad, Ron
Jongen, who was a soigneur for the American team from 1992 to 2000, affirmed that three
Spanish doctors regularly and discretely visited the team riders during the 1999 Tour.

They road “in a green car that was not marked with the colors of the U.S. Postal Service”,
recalled Jongen.  “While the team cars were regularly parked in front of the hotel, these
doctors always parked in the back (…) and they arranged it such that they never slept at the
hotel during the same stage” as the riders, he noted.

Being also present at the Tour of Spain that year, these doctors “didn’t take the same
precautions”, declared the soigneur, who stated he kept good relations with Lance Armstrong
until recently.

Ron Jongen, 42 years of age, also stated he surprised Johan Bruyneel, sporting director of U.
S. Postal, reading the results of the hemogram of his riders at the final meeting several
minutes before the Tour prologue.

“Bruyneel said: ‘They are all just below 50’ (the authorized limit).  Then, when he noticed that I
had heard what he said, he immediately put a finger on his lips.  I was not to say anything
about all that” assured Jongen.  A hemogram with a high level is considered to be an indicator
of EPO in a rider.

Last August 23rd, the French daily L’Equipe revealed that six samples from Armstrong, dating
from 1999, were recently analyzed and showed traces of EPO.

Armstrong Affair- The ICU Will Report Soon- 08/29/05

A week after the revelations of the daily L’Equipe, the International Cycling Union promised to
report in 10 days on its investigation regarding the retroactive antidoping analysis of Lance
Armstrong from the 1999 Tour de France.

The daily L’Equipe revealed that six samples of the American champion, dating from his first
Tour victory in 1999, showed traces of EPO.  These samples were tested recently.  The
communication from the ICU announced that it will be reporting its conclusions: “Following the
revelations which appeared in the press last week which concerned test results of urine
samples from the 1999 Tour de France, the ICU confirms that it is pursuing its global analysis
of the situation”.

Before announcing its conclusions in ten days hence, the ICU regrets “the violations of the
principle of confidentiality which set off the divulgence of this information outside the
procedures specified in the rules governing international sports”.  These violations were
violently disputed by Lance Armstrong the day following the scoop from the sports daily (L’
Equipe).  In addition, the seven time winner of the “Grande Boucle” (the Tour de France)
repeated that he has never used doping products in his career.

The Doubts of Armstrong- 08/25/05

The seven time winner of the Tour de France, Lance Armstrong, on Thursday continued  his
defense against accusations of doping, of which he is the object since Tuesday, by putting in
doubt the results of the analysis.  “A guy in a Paris laboratory opens your sample.  He tests it.  
There is no one to observe him, no protocol is followed.  And then you receive a phone call
from a newspaper saying ‘we’ve discovered that you tested positive six times for EPO’.  Since
when does a newspaper govern the sport?”, declared Armstrong during a program on CNN,
“Larry King Live”.  

“This is rotten.  This is not good for me.  The problem is that you have to live with something
like this for the rest of your life.  The protocol wasn’t followed and there isn’t even a second
sample to confirm what they say is a positive test”, regretted Armstrong.  “We all want a clean
sport.  An organization called AMA (World Anti-doping Agency) has been formed to govern the
anti-doping world.  They have created a protocol and a code which governs everyone.  And
they violated this code several times.”  insisted Armstrong.

In response the Texan, present in the New York offices of CNN, affirmed that he has not
excluded launching a legal action.  “That is a possibility.  But against whom should we file a
suite?  The laboratory?  L’Equipe?  The French Minister of Sport? The AMA?  But that has a
cost and will take up a lot of time.  And that will drag out a dirty story.  It’s more publicity than
they (those who began the affaire) deserve”.

French Vengeance

Armstrong, who will be 34 years old on September 18, then came back to the idea of
vengeance by the French again him, explaining that one needs to “consider the fact that
relations between the United States and France are strained.  This story was too good to be
true for them.  Once I had a French teammate say ‘listen to me Lance.  The French don’t like
winners.’  Cycling in France is in one of its low periods”, affirmed Armstrong, who told of a poll
in France that put him in third place of athletes the most disliked.
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