Cyclist Armstrong could face sanctions for violating doping rules

April 10th, 2009 - 5:45 pm ICT by ANI  

London, Apr 10 (ANI): Cycling legend Lance Armstrong could face sanctions from the French anti-doping agency after being accused of violating rules during a random test in March.

The seven-time Tour de France winner is accused of “not respecting the obligation to remain under the direct and permanent observation” of the tester, the Daily Express reported.

The row stems from an unscheduled visit of an agency tester to his residence during a training stint in France.

The American took a 20-minute shower while having the tester’s identity checked before letting him carry out his duties.

Tests on Armstrong’s hair, urine and blood found no traces of drugs.

Armstrong said: “I had no idea if this guy was telling the truth - his papers weren’t clear.”

“I find it amazing that I’ve been tested 24 times without incident and the first test I do in France results in outrageous allegations,” he added. (ANI)

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