ARMSTRONG CLEARED IN L'EQUIPE AFFAIRE

Lance Armstrong has been cleared of taking EPO in the 1999 Tour de France, but the investigation that saved his reputation has sparked yet another war of words between cycling and the World Anti-Doping Agency.

The 130-page report produced by Dutch doping lawyer Emile Vrijman was commissioned by the Union Cycliste Internationale last autumn and was supposed to shed light on the allegations made by French newspaper L?Equipe that blood samples taken in 1999, and then retested in 2004 as part of a research programme, showed that Armstrong and other riders had taken EPO.

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