ADELAIDE, Australia – Lance Armstrong said Friday he is
confident of being vindicated following the most recent report to focus the
doping spotlight on the Tour de France icon.
Armstrong is the subject of a federal investigation in the United States
after allegations of doping leveled by disgraced former teammate Floyd
Landis, who was stripped of his 2006 Tour de France title for using illegal
A report by Sports Illustrated magazine, published this week, offered new
evidence that claims to substantiate Landis’s accusations.
The magazine leveled several allegations at Armstrong, including that he
once used a hard-to-detect blood boosting drug, HemAssist, to illegally
improve his performances in the late 1990s.
But the 39-year-old brushed off the news at the Tour Down Under this week,
saying on the Twitter micro-blogging site that he was confident of being
cleared by the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USDA).
“Great to hear that @usada is investigating some of @si’s (Sports
Illustrated’s) claims. I look forward to being vindicated,” he tweeted.
Cancer survivor Armstrong has courted controversy throughout his
sensational career, but the seven-time Tour de France champion has never
The Tour Down Under will be his road racing swansong and finishes on Sunday.