The U.S. Anti-Doping Agency is bringing doping charges against seven-time Tour de France winnerand several of his former cycling colleagues questioning his victories in his seven straight Tour France titles
The Washington Post first reported the charges Wednesday afternoon saying they received a copy of a letter sent to Armstrong on June 12 by the USADA.
Armstrong is accused of using the blood booster E.P.O., blood transfusions, testosterone, human growth hormone, corticosteroids, and saline and plasma infusions to boost his performance or mask his use of banned substance.
USADA believes Armstrong participated in a “massive doping conspiracy” from 1998 to 2011 while he rode for US Postal, Discovery Channel, Astana, and Team RadioShack.
The move by USADA immediately bans him from competing in triathlons, which he turned to after he retired from cycling last year and could be stripped of his Tour de France titles and other pro cycling wins during that time.
Letter by USADA ,says blood collections obtained by cycling's governing body in 2009 and 2010 are ``fully consistent with blood manipulation including EPO use and/or blood transfusions.''
Armstrong has steadfastly denied any and all allegations concerning performance-enhancing drugs.He said,"charges are baseless and motivated by spite and noted they came just months after federal prosecutors closed a two-year criminal investigation against the cyclist without bringing an indictment."
USADA officials had said they would pursue possible charges against Armstrong even after federal criminal investigators had closed their case.
Agency was bringing doping charges against, manager of Armstrong's winning teams; team doctors Pedro Celaya and Luis Garicia del Moral; team trainer Pepe Martin, and consulting doctor Michele Ferrari.
Armstrong, who won the Tour de France seven straight times from 1999 to 2005, has faced numerous doping allegations since he won his first Tour de France.