Lance Armstrong has outrun doping allegations for years, but now he has FDA investigator Jeff Nowitzky on his tail. Image: CC Wikimedia Commons

While Lance Armstrong competes in Australia’s Tour Down Under, speculation about his alleged doping has reached critical mass. Armstrong has been accused of doping for years and the charges have never been proven. But a Sports Illustrated report released Wednesday about Armstrong’s alleged doping may contain the most incriminating evidence yet.

Lance Armstrong long suspected of doping

Lance Armstrong started being accused of doping long before he won his first of seven-straight Tour de France titles in 1999. Floyd Landis, who followed up Armstrong’s last victory with his own in 2006, was stripped of his title for doping. Alberto Contador of Spain, who has won the last two Tour de France titles, is under suspicion after failing a drug test. Cycling has become a sport where it is assumed by many that an athlete must take performance enhancing drugs to be competitive. Winning seven Tour de France titles without doping is impossible for cycling insiders to accept.

Armstrong gets the Nowitzky treatment

Lance Armstrong has always vehemently denied doping allegations. He has called himself the most drug-tested athlete in the world. Yet now he has Jeff Nowitzki on his tail. Nowitzky is the U.S. Food and Drug Administration agent that made a name for himself bringing down disgraced Olympic champion Marion Jones and tarnishing the career of baseball home run king Barry Bonds. Nowitzky has been rounding up former Armstrong associates and teammates, who have been testifying in a grand jury investigation since last August. Sports Illustrated reporters reviewed hundreds of pages of notes from Nowitzky’s investigation and interviewed some of the principals.

The latest Lance Armstrong doping allegations

The list of doping allegations against Armstrong grows considerably longer in the Sports Illustrated article. He has been accused of gaining access to experimental blood oxygenators, getting a free pass while carrying bags full of drugs and syriniges through customs and receiving preferential treatment from drug-testing labs. Former teammates who have admitted to doping said Armstrong pressured them into taking the drugs. Armstrong has also been linked to a controversial Italian doctor linked to performance enhancing drugs. Armstrong continues to insist that he is clean as he competes in the final international race of his career.


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