Saturday, September 27, 2008

Armstrong's doping test results open to public

LAS VEGAS, Nevada: American Lance Armstrong, making a return to professional cycling three years after winning his seventh Tour de France, said on Thursday his doping test results would be open to the public.

The Texan, who won the race from 1999 to 2005, was speaking during a press conference at a cycling exhibition in Las Vegas.

Meanwhile, fellow American Greg Lemond, who won the Tour de France in 1986, 1989 and 1990, said Armstrong's return was not good for the sport.

"His return is not good news," Lemond told AFP in Las Vegas. "It's like a nightmare, that we have lived through all these years, returning."

Armstrong said he would be working with Don Catlin, the founder of the new Anti-Doping Research Institute in Los Angeles, in an attempt to be completely open about his tests.

He retired from professional racing the night he won his last Tour de France, but announced his return to the international cycling scene on Sept 9 this year.

While Armstrong was answering questions at the press conference, Lemond almost stole the show as he attempted to ask questions. However, Lemond was continually cut off and talked over by Armstrong when he tried to speak.

Armstrong, in an attempt to lessen doubts that his seven Tour victories were won without doping, said: "I want to have a level of transparence and I don't want to leave any hint of doubt. I will do what I am asked to do. It is his work. He will do whatever he wants ."

Source: China Daily/Agencies

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