Armstrong accused of using a motor on his Tour bikes

Jean-Pierre Verdy, former head of the French Anti-Doping Agency, suspects that the American used engines on the bike during the Tour.


Lance Armstrong's life can be summed up in a few words: from touching heaven to falling into hell. The American won seven Tours de France under a story of unprecedented overcoming that shocked the world (overcoming testicular cancer a few years earlier), but which later became one of the biggest scams in the history of the sport due to its sophisticated system. doping.

Dispossessed of his seven Tours and his prestige, the Texan confessed to feeling "plagued" several years ago by the impossibility of practicing any sport at a competitive level for life. But at the latest blow from his son Luke (arrested for an alleged sexual assault on a minor), Lance must face a new accusation about his honesty on the bike.

And this time we are not talking about biological doping, but mechanical. Jean-Pierre Verdy, former head of the French Anti-Doping Agency from 2006 to 2015, explains in his latest book (Dopage: Ma guerre contre les tricheurs) his suspicion about Lance's use of engines on his Tour bikes. "Lance Armstrong is the best scam. With complicity at all levels. He received special treatment. Many told me that I should not approach the legends, that I was going to find myself alone. But if the legends are based on something ... I also believe that he had a motor on the bike. I still have the images in my head of a mountain stage where he left everyone on the ground. At the end of the stage, I call all the specialists I know and they do not understand how it is possible to performance, even with EPO. Something was wrong and all the specialists told me the same thing. However, they were people from the environment, who knew the race well. It was not the EPO that made the difference, "he declared in Le Parisien newspaper. Lance, always in the spotlight ...

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