Originally created 06/02/06

French newspaper stands by Armstrong doping allegations



FRENCH NEWSPAPER STICKS BY REPORT

PARIS - The French sports newspaper that accused Lance Armstrong of doping stood by its reporting Thursday after an investigator cleared the seven-time Tour de France champion.

"There is nothing to retract from the revelations," L'Equipe said in an editorial that concluded: "For our part, we remain convinced of the need to battle without compromise against the mafialike tendencies that still and always threaten the sport of cycling. Both in the method and the substance, L'Equipe stands firm."

The newspaper repeated its allegations of August, that tests on six of Armstrong's urine samples from the 1999 Tour had detected an "irrefutable presence" of the banned endurance-boosting hormone EPO.

Dutch investigator Emile Vrijman, who was appointed by cycling's governing body, cleared Armstrong in a report released Wednesday.

- Associated Press



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