In a series of recent e-mails to cycling officials and sponsors,Â Floyd LandisÂ accused 17 other riders — most notably seven-time Tour de France winnerÂ Lance ArmstrongÂ — of doping or complicity in doping. All of the accused parties either declined to address or denied outright Landis’s allegations.
Stripped of his 2006 Tour de France title after testing positive for synthetic testosterone, Landis had lied for years about his own use of performance-enhancing drugs. For most of his career Armstrong has had to fend off allegations that he was not a clean champion. Nothing really stuck. This time could be different. The Texan’s latest counterattack took place amid reports that Landis is cooperating with a federal probe led byÂ Jeff Novitzky, the chief investigator in the Bay Area Laboratory Cooperative (BALCO) case and now a special agent for the criminal division of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
Two independent sources close to the investigation told SI that Armstrong is part of the focus of Novitzky’s probe. If Landis’s allegations are true, they are some of the most damning in the history of cycling. And the information contained in various e-mails of Landis’s that have surfaced may not be all that he has told Novitzky. Read More:http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2010/writers/michael_mccann/05/25/lance.armstrong/#ixzz0p2clRBGv