The French anti-doping agency (AFLD) will provide American federal investigators with Lance Armstrong’s urine samples from the 1999 Tour de France. Armstrong allegedly used Erythropoietin (EPO) to win that year’s race, his first of seven victories.

“The AFLD will meet America’s request for legal assistance,” AFLD boss Bruno Genevois told Le Monde, according to the AFP. “The process has only just begun.”

French newspaper L’Equipe alleged in 2005 that Armstrong’s 1999 samples contained blood booster erythropoietin (EPO). It reported that six of the samples revealed EPO, from anti-doping tests following the prologue and stages 1, 9, 10, 12 and 14.

Armstrong has denied allegations of doping in the 1999 race and throughout his career.

AFLD will pass its tests to American Jeff Novitzky, a federal prosecutor of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Novitzky and his FDA colleagues are building a case against Armstrong. They opened a grand jury investigation into allegations made by Armstrong’s former team-mate Floyd Landis.

Landis alleged in April last year that Armstrong doped during his Tour de France victories. The FDA has already heard testimony from several of Armstrong’s former team-mates and associates.

Armstrong said last month that he is not bothered by the federal investigation.

“I am not doing anything,” he said, though he has hired a legal representative, Mark Fabiani, and lawyer, Bryan D Daly.

“I have five kids to raise, a foundation to lead, a sport that I am still participating in and I still love. It has no effect on my life – zero. That’s for other people to do.”

Armstrong officially announced his retirement from the sport last week, on February 16. He last raced on January 23, the final stage of the Tour Down Under. He finished 67th overall, six minutes and 42 seconds behind 23-year-old winner Cameron Meyer.

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  • Lance Fan!!!

    WOW…..true cannibalism at it’s best!!! I sure hope none of you have any family members or friends that are dying of cancer!!! I guess all the GOOD he’s done doesn’t matter at all. Let he who has no sin cast the first stone!! And if he’s been doping all of this time well then how was he getting away with it when others were getting caught? First of all IF he did do any doping which I still don’t believe he did, he would have used his own money to do it with and not federal dollars so technically he hasn’t done anything illegal in this country. And if France didn’t catch him all those years well then too bad for them……he will still go down as a true cycling legend regardless of the results!!! Let the man be so he can keep trying to help find the cure for this devastating disease!!

  • woody

    They’re taking the p*ss

  • whiteboytrash

    Never let the facts get in the way of a good story!

    I look forward to finding out the truth. Sad really that the real results of that era will never be known.

  • Brian

    Great news!
    @ j zito: come on say it, the French had 12 years to pour EPO in Holly Lance urine samples.

  • PeterLB

    Er, J zito, it’s a WADA accredited lab that stored the urine. All those labs have stringent procedures in place to prevent contamination or tampering. Funny how Lance once advocated the storage of samples to test retrospectively.

    Until he gets caught.

    And why are people taking this so personally? This is an investigation in to an alleged crime. The authorities are following a process that may end up with Armstrong being cleared or Armstrong being sentenced.

  • Greg

    I wish they would go after the real money sports… If they only checked the soccer teams, American football teams, and so on, with the same fervor as they do cycling….

  • Naive Idealist!

    If he did cheat, then I am still keen to find out the truth, not sweep it under the carpet like some people are suggesting we should do. His impact on the sport in the past 20 years is bigger than anything else, but his personality, ability to make enemies and his attitude to any criticism mean he has pretty much invited this kind of inquiry. If the ‘greatest cyclist in the world’ (sic) turns out to be a fraud then I think its important that we find out. Is it fair to let those millions of people be inspired by a false-legend and con-artist if that is what he turns out to be? This investigation will either clear him or reveal him to be a cheat. Either way I would like to know.

  • espen

    I`m sorry to say that I think that most of Lance Armstrong’s teammates trough out the years are dopers as well. Lance generation of American athletes have been caught in the act or has been smudge with claims of dope use. The US has a new generation of talented bikers let’s hope they stay clean and out of trouble.

  • j zito

    he never tested positive, so now these urine samples show up 12 years later and who knows who had access to them over that decade. i don’t think i would want my fate decided by ancient unine. they may be experts at storing a 12 year old wine…maybe not so good with 12 year old urine.

  • lucas

    If he has cheated he is not a winner , legend or inspiration, just a cheat.
    Should they let him get away with cheating because he is Lance Armstrong?
    Wake up bud. Lots of people bought into the media campaign. Imagine how they will feel if it is all proved to be smoke and mirrors.
    Let the investigation take its course and prove who is telling the truth.

  • PeterLB

    Paul, Which hunt?! This is a Federal investigation!

    ‘Cycling’ isn’t digging in to this, the American government is because it thinks a crime has been committed.

    We’ll all move forward when those who have cheated/committed a crime are gone from the sport. Until then the sport will never be free of it’s rotten past.

  • steve

    Sounds like the Novitzky and crew are getting desperate. They will get nowhere with that. The Lab botched the samples so bad it will get thrown out in court. Plus 4 of the b samples are missing.

  • paul

    What possible good is this which hunt on Armstrong ever going to achieve?
    Listen to a proven cheat claiming that a proven winner, legend, and inspiration to millions and then launch an federal investgation costing god know what to try and establish some kind of truth?
    Everyone knows cycling has been steeped in doping and has a long history of widespead and deep rooted abuse going back decades, only now are the cycling authorities dealing with it.
    Cycling today has enough problems with Contador and the like without trying to dig up crap from the past based on the bitter accusations of Landis, someone who has lied under oath.

    Armstrong will never be able to prove his innocence in this, and shouldn’t have to, he never tested positive. Lets move forward.

  • moke


    When is this all going to be over and done with.
    I am sick and tired of his smug, self satisfied face in the comic.
    Please get this investigation over and done with. Let him retire and then we can get back to proper racing again.
    Please please.

  • dirk diggler

    Ok so it comes up he was doping, how far back in the results sheet would you go to find the next “clean winner”?