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French anti-doping agency (AFLD) challenges Armstrong

 

The French Anti-Doping Agency (AFLD) is offering to re-test Lance Armstrong's samples from the 1999 Tour de France so that he can prove once and for all that doping allegations published by French sports daily L'Equipe in August, 2005 are false.  AFLD president Pierre Bordry is volunteering to serve as an arbitrator between L'Equipe and Armstrong.  According to Bordry, Jacques de Ceaurriz, the director of the French national anti-doping lab (Laboratoire National de dépistage du dopage (LNDD)), which AFLD oversees, has reassured him that enough of the samples remain for re-testing purposes.  Bordry, who referred to Armstrong as "a great champion," is offering to have the samples re-tested at any WADA-accredited laboratory in Europe.  (source: L'Equipe)

Note:  The L'Equipe article was written by Damien Ressiot (L'Equipe's doping reporter behind the 2005 allegations) who referred to Don Catlin, the world-renowned anti-doping expert who will be closely monitoring Armstrong during his comeback, as "very controversial".  Ressiot failed to similarly qualify the LNDD, truly the world's most controversial anti-doping laboratory which has come under fire even within France.

(photo Copyright © Pete Geyer/cyclingfans.com)

 

2008 Tour de France: Blood samples for 10 riders to be re-tested for CERA

Re-testing of blood samples for 10 riders (not 14 as originally reported) who competed in the 2008 Tour de France began on Monday.  Under the direction of the French Anti-Doping Agency (AFLD), anti-doping laboratories in Paris and Lausanne are testing for CERA, a form of EPO.  Testing is expected to last about two weeks but the results for three of the riders should be known this Friday or next Monday.  (source:  L'Equipe)

Statement from AEG regarding Lance Armstrong’s return to professional cycling:

"We applaud the commitment that Lance Armstrong has made to return to cycling for the purpose of raising awareness for cancer. All of us at AEG, the Amgen Tour of California, and Breakaway from Cancer™ share his commitment to supporting those who are engaged in this important fight," said Andrew Messick, President, AEG Sports, owner and operator of the Amgen Tour of California.

Lance Armstrong Press Conference at Interbike in Las Vegas

Lance Armstrong is scheduled to hold a press conference at Interbike in Las Vegas tomorrow, Thursday, September 25, at 9am.  Armstrong will detail his plans for a return to competitive cycling in 2009.  We are on the lookout for ways to watch live streaming video of this event.

Watch a replay of the full Lance Armstrong NYC Press Conference

If you missed today's Lance Armstrong Press Conference or would like to see it again, it is now available for replay here.

We will post our analysis of what was said, what some of the rumors are, etc., tonight or tomorrow.

Lance Armstrong 2009 Comeback Press Conference LIVE

Also LIVE on CNN here.  Link at left on that page.  (Thanks, Brent!)

LIVE NOW here

Note:  The website due to broadcast the Lance Armstrong press conference is down.  We are monitoring the situation.  Does the Eurosport UK link work for anyone in Europe?  Please let us know.

Possible links to live coverage:  (we will update as things change)

LIVE NOW here

Another possible link here.  Nothing playing yet.  (John C., St. Louis)

Eurosport France.

Possibly live here if website comes back up.

Announced live on Eurosport UK.  (geo-restricted?)

2008 Clinton Global Initiative opening remarks live now

Live now on Eurosport.

Bill Clinton:  "Lance Armstrong is a walking advertisement" in the fight against cancer.

Armstrong press conference to follow.  We'll have more links.

Live Events Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Event Live Coverage Start Time
UCI Road World Championships Elite Women Time Trial LIVE

9am U.S. Eastern on Universal Sports
13:50 CET on cycling.tv
Our full Live Coverage Guide here

Lance Armstrong 2009 Comeback Press Conference LIVE 11:45am U.S. Eastern (17:45 CET)
Links to come

Lance Armstrong 2009 Comeback Press Conference Live Streaming Video

As part of the 2008 Clinton Global Initiative Annual Meeting, Lance Armstrong will be speaking alongside Bono and former President Bill Clinton on Wednesday.  Afterward, Armstrong will be holding a press conference to talk about his return to pro cycling in 2009.  There will be live streaming video of this event starting at around 11:45am U.S. Eastern (17:45 CET).  We should have a direct link to the webcast at that time.

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