Lance Armstrong has vigorously denied allegations outlined in Tuesday’s edition of the French sports daily L’Equipe charging that the seven-time Tour de France champion used the performance-enhancing drug EPO to help him achieve his first Tour victory in 1999. "Yet again, a European newspaper has reported that I have tested positive for performance-enhancing drugs," Armstrong said in a statement on www.lancearmstrong.com.
Lance Armstrong looked around near the summit of the rather anonymous Cat. 2 Col de la Schlucht in the chilly Vosges Mountains and couldn’t find many friendly faces. In the big front group he was with, there were no other Discovery Channel riders. No Chechu, no Triki, no Popo. Not even his 2005 favorite mountain goat, José Azevedo.
What the six-time Tour champion did see were lots of riders licking their chops. For the first time in years at the Tour de France, Armstrong was isolated.
“It was not a great day. I didn’t feel very good and the other teams did feel good,” said Armstrong, who
Dutchman Pieter Weening (Rabobank) gave a glimpse of his potential and ended a frustrating streak of runner-up places with a well-taken win on the eighth stage of the Tour de France Saturday in Gerardmer.
Weening had to wait an agonizing few minutes before finding out for sure if he had really won a two-man sprint with Germany's Andreas Klöden (T-Mobile) - and when the result came he could still not quite believe it.
"In a two-man sprint nothing's decided until it's over so I just tried to hold on for as long as possible," said Weening, who is the first Dutchman to win a stage
Roll call of past Tour de France winners: 1903 Maurice Garin (Fra) 1904 Henri Cornet (Fra) 1905 Louis Trousselier (Fra) 1906 Rene Pottier (Fra) 1907 Lucien Petit-Breton (Fra) 1908 Lucien Petit-Breton (Fra) 1909 Francois Faber (Lux) 1910 Octave Lapize (Fra) 1911 Gustave Garrigou (Fra) 1912 Odile Defraye (Bel) 1913 Philippe Thys (Bel) 1914 Philippe Thys (Bel)Stopped due war 1919 Firmin Lambot (Bel) 1920 Philippe Thys (Bel) 1921 Leon Scieur (Bel) 1922 Firmin Lambot (Bel) 1923 Henri Pelissier (Fra) 1924 Ottavio Bottechia (Ita) 1925