Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 23 July 2014

Lance Armstrong dismisses drug claim

Lance Armstrong has insisted he has “nothing to hide” as he rejected accusations made by disgraced American rider Floyd Landis.

Landis implicated the seven-time Tour de France winner in a series of emails to cycling and anti-doping officials detailing his own doping history.

Landis said that his own use of performance-improving substances dates back to 2002 when he rode for the US Postal Service team and continued when he moved to Phonak in 2005.

The 34-year-old Landis, who served a two-year ban following his failed test, mentioned Armstrong in his emails — among several high-profile riders and officials.

“I have nothing to hide,” Armstrong said. “I think history speaks for itself here.”

Landis was stripped of the 2006 Tour de France title after testing positive for synthetic testosterone, and has admitted to drug offences during his road-racing career.