It was only back in February that the U.S. Justice Department announced it was dropping its two-year criminal conspiracy and fraud investigation of 7-time Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong and his former partners in the US Postal Service cycling team.
Yet on Tuesday Armstrong's troubles started all over again. The US Anti-Doping Agency sent him a 15-page letter listing charges against the cyclist and cancer survivor. In it, the agency alleges that some of Armstrong's blood samples from 2009 and 2010 were "fully consistent with blood manipulation including EPO use and/or blood transfusions," according to a report by the Washington Post.
These allegations alone both prevent him from competing now as a triathlete in the Ironman series, his most recent pursuit, and could more significantly strip Armstrong of previous victories, including those seven TdF titles which made him a legend.
In addition to Armstrong, the agency is accusing five others of involvement in a massive doping conspiracy that lasted from 1998-2011. Those accused include team manager Johan Bruynell and three doctors, based in part on the testimony of at least ten cyclists who claim they either saw Armstrong engage in doping activies or heard him talk about them.
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