U.S. Anti-Doping Agency Brings Formal Charges Against Lance Armstrong

The cycling icon could face a lifetime ban from the sport if found guilty

Wednesday, Jun 13, 2012  |  Updated 4:42 PM CDT
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Armstrong Hit With New Doping Charges

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The cycling icon could face a lifetime ban from the sport if found guilty.

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The U.S. Anti-Doping Agency is bringing doping charges against seven-time Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong, questioning his victories in those storied cycling races.

Armstrong, who retired from cycling last year, could face a lifetime ban from the sport if he is found to have used performance-enhancing drugs.

The story was first reported Wednesday by the Washington Post.

The charges from USADA come just months after federal prosecutors closed a two-year criminal investigation of Armstrong without indicting him.

Armstrong maintained his innocence, saying: "I have never doped, and, unlike many of my accusers, I have competed as an endurance athlete for 25 years with no spike in performance, passed more than 500 drug tests and never failed one."

See Armstrong's entire statement here.

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