Lance Armstrong and the case of the "butchered" hair
Posted Apr 13 2009 11:02pm
If this sounds like a bad Sherlock Holmes mystery story, that' s because it is.
In a nutshell, Lance Armstrong issued a statement today saying that he had no proof who the mystery physician was who showed up on his door step in Europe and demanded a hair sample.
It turns out the guy was conducting Armstrong' s twelve thousandth drug test since the seven time Tour de France champ made his comeback announcement. The mystery doc wanted a hair sample which is allowed under French law but not recognized by WADA or UCI.
Are you still following this mystery?
Anyway, Armstrong made somewhat of a stink and tweeted that his hair had just been "butchered." The drug testing doc filed a nasty report to his bosses who took the matter very seriously and drafted a nasty formal letter, or passed the doc' s nasty formal letter along, or just left the room in a big and nasty huff.
You can read a great account of the entire story HERE.
The upshot of all this: today Armstrong put out this statement:
“I had never heard of labs or governments (the AFLD reports
to the French government) doing drug testing and I had no idea
who this guy was or whether he was telling the truth,” he said in a statement.
“We asked the tester for evidence of his authority. We
looked at his papers but they were far from clear or impressive
and we still had significant questions about who he was or for
whom he worked.
“I was there with (team manager) Johan Bruyneel and two
other people. We told the tester we wanted to check with the UCI
to confirm who he was and to make sure he wasn’t just some
French guy with a backpack and some equipment to take my blood
Armstrong added everything happened within 20 minutes and
that there were no further problems.
“Johan had confirmed with the UCI that the tester had
authority from the French government to take samples. I
immediately provided blood, urine and hair samples—all the
samples that he requested, as he requested,” the Texan said.
“In addition, the form asked the tester to state if there
were any irregularities or further observations from the testing
process and to that he wrote ‘no’.”
So that' s it.
No news, no real mystery, nothing really to report so just move along now please ;-)