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Armstrong accused of drug test violation: a classic case of too much too late?

Posted Apr 13 2009 11:02pm

Lancesnowmass The news out of France today is that Lance Armstrong violated drug testing rules by not fully cooperating with a drug testing doctor.

You can read all about the details HERE, but basically Armstrong took a twenty minute shower while his people verified the identity of the  drug testing doctor who showed up on his door step in Europe.

This is a violation of AFLD rules, the French anti-doping agency that monitors drug testing for the Tour de France and other professional French cycling events.

It should be noted that no banned substances were found in Armstrong' s hair, blood, or urine.

Armstrong is pictured here currently training in Aspen and recovering from a broken collarbone.

According to Yahoonews.com:

" At question is a 20-minute delay when Armstrong says the tester agreed to let him shower while the American rider’s assistants checked the tester’s credentials.

AFLD said cycling’s governing body has given its permission to open disciplinary procedures against Armstrong, but did not say what the punishment could be.

AFLD president Pierre Bordry noted that the statement does not say that Armstrong is guilty of an infraction. AFLD is expected to make a decision on whether to proceed with sanctions after its nine-member ruling committee has considered the tester’s report."

The question that we can' t help but ask is where were these same strict drug testing rules over the last dozen years?

It would be hard not to point out that a staggering percentage of professional and highly successful riders of note have been embroiled in some sort of performance enhancing drug controversy including Floyd Landis who won and eventual lost his TDF title.

We can' t help but wonder if the drug testing powers that be are now trying very hard to make up for lost time.

Armstrong has been tested several dozen times for performance enhancing drugs since his return to professional cycling just a few short months ago. While he has never tested positive for any illegal substances the clouds of doubt continue to swirl around him as many suspect that it would have been almost impossible for any rider to win seven Tour de France races during an era when many of the top pro riders proved to be dopers.

But be that as it may, we can' t help but wonder if this latest tempest in a teapot is a classic case of too much too late?

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