The once seven time Tour de France champion Lance Armstrong has told associates that he is considering admitting to doping through his career.
The New York Times reports that Armstrong would only do this to persuade antidoping officials to restore his eligibility so that he can restore his athletic career. Armstrong had competed in numerous triathlons after he finished his cycling career.
Armstrong's attorney, Tim Herman, said of the potential admission, "I do not know about that. I suppose anything is possible, for sure. Right now, that’s really not on the table."
According to the World Anti-Doping Code, an athlete may have a lifetime ban reduced if he or she fully confesses and details how they doped, who they helped dope, and how they got away with it. Armstrong has been in contact with the US Anti-Doping Agency to try and get his lifetime ban reduced or overturned. Armstrong has also been in contact with the World Anti-Doping Agency. Herman has denied that his client spoke with the USADA.
There are obstacles, however, in Armstrong admitting to doping. Among them are a federal whistle blower case in which he and several members of the US Postal Service cycling team have been accused of defrauding the government by allowing doping within the team. The contract with the US Postal Service explicitly forbid doping amongst its members.
The US Anti-Doping Agency has pressed doping charges against seven-time Tour de France champion Lance Armstrong.
Armstrong is facing a lifetime ban from cycling and being stripped of his record seven Tour de France titles. The USADA has banned him from triathlons, a sport that he took up after cycling.
The charges were first reported by The Washington Post.
A letter from the USADA has accused Armstrong of using EPO, blood transfusions, testosterone, HGH, and anti-inflammatory steroids. The letter from the USADA has not cited specific examples, but says the charges are based upon investigations on Armstrong's former teams.
The letter goes on to say that blood collected from Armstrong by cycling's governing body in 2009 and 2010 are "fully consistent with blood manipulation including EPO use and/or blood transfusions"
Armstrong denied his involvement in a statement: "I have never doped, and, unlike many of my accusers, I have completed as an endurance athlete for 25 years with no spike in performance, passed more than 500 drug tests and never failed one."
Armstrong is currently in France training for a triathlon.