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By The Associated Press
Lance Armstrong has accused French reporters of trying to rummage through his hotel room, hunting evidence of doping.
The U.S. Postal Service-Berry Floor leader, who is bidding for a record sixth straight Tour de France title, said a French television crew attempted to get access to his room after he left to race in the 102-mile stage from Saint-Flour to Figeac in central France.
“Just this morning, after we left, a TV crew from France 3 was going to the hotel, the reception, to the owner, asking for our room, trying to get in our room,” Armstrong said.
He called such behavior “scandalous” and said he was scared that products could be planted to make him look guilty.
“They show up and they ask sporting questions to our face, but as soon as they leave they’re digging in the rooms and looking for dirt,” he said. “If you left a B vitamin sitting there, that would get on TV and that would be a scandal. That’s what we have to live with every day.
“This particular guy from France 3 has been following us for months and it’s scandalous. The scary thing is, if they don’t find anything and get frustrated after a couple of months … well, who’s to say they won’t put something there and say, ‘Look what we’ve found.’”