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Armstrong Considering "All Options" In Drug Charge

Lance Armstrong says he's considering all his options after new doping allegations have been raised against him.

The accusations of performance-enhancing drug use levied by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency prevent Armstrong from competing in a triathlon in France this month. In a phone interview from Paris, Armstrong told The Associated Press he's leaving France to return to the United States.

Armstrong has until June 22 to file a written response to the charges. He's waiting to see USADA's evidence and questioned its tactics.

Says Armstrong: "They are well known to move the goal line on you." He says he's innocent.

USADA says it has more than 10 former Armstrong teammates and support personnel who will testify they saw the Tour de France champion use drugs or talk about using them.

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PARIS (AP) -- Organizers of Ironman France say Lance Armstrong can no longer compete in the triathlon this month after the U.S. anti-doping agency filed new charges that he doped as a Tour de France cyclist.

Ironman France spokeswoman Delphine Vivet said Armstrong was told Wednesday that he is out of the June 24 race in Nice, southern France, because of the new USADA proceedings against him. She said he is barred from the race under World Triathlon Corporation rules.

She says, "He cannot take the start."

The seven-time Tour champion was in southern France preparing for the triathlon. On Tuesday, he tweeted that he had been on the Col D'Eze, a climb near Nice, earlier that day.



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AUSTIN, Texas (AP) -- The U.S. Anti-Doping Agency is bringing doping charges against seven-time Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong, questioning his victories in those storied cycling races.

Armstrong, who retired from cycling last year, could face a lifetime ban from the sport if he is found to have used performance-enhancing drugs.

The story was first reported Wednesday by the Washington Post.

The charges from USADA come just months after federal prosecutors closed a two-year criminal investigation of Armstrong without indicting him.

Armstrong maintained his innocence, saying: "I have never doped, and, unlike many of my accusers, I have competed as an endurance athlete for 25 years with no spike in performance, passed more than 500 drug tests and never failed one."


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