“Yet again, a European newspaper has reported that I have tested positive for performance enhancing drugs. Tomorrow?s L?Equipe, a French sports daily, is reporting that my 1999 samples were positive. Unfortunately, the witch hunt continues and tomorrow?s article is nothing short of tabloid journalism…I will simply restate what I have said many times: I have never taken performance enhancing drugs.”
I can not say that I am very surprised that these claims are being made, having touched on the subject when Bernard Moon was a bit more pessimistic than myself about the possibility of Armstrong actually being a cheater, but I still maintain that I believe that he is clean. After passing 178 drug tests despite the best efforts of various folks to prove he cheated, I think the guy is entitled to at least the benifit of the doubt..