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Reports: Novitzky and anti-doping investigators visit French anti-doping officials

U.S. investigators are in France this week, continuing their investigation into doping charges surrounding Lance Armstrong. The New York Times and The Associated Press are reporting that federal agent Jeff Novitzky has met with French anti-doping officials and with Interpol, the international police organization. A federal grand jury in Los…

U.S. investigators are in France this week, continuing their investigation into doping charges surrounding Lance Armstrong.

The New York Times and The Associated Press are reporting that federal agent Jeff Novitzky has met with French anti-doping officials and with Interpol, the international police organization.

A federal grand jury in Los Angeles has been hearing evidence about the case since summer.

The U.S. investigators met with French anti-doping lab directors Francoise Lasne and Jean-Pierre Verdy at Interpol’s headquarters in Lyon on Tuesday, the AP reported.

The investigators presumably will gain access to blood samples taken from Armstrong and his teammates during the Tour de France. A 2005 investigation by the French paper l’Equipe reportedly established a match between Armstrong and blood samples from the 1999 Tour that we supposed to remain anonymous. L’Equipe reported that the samples tested positive for EPO. Armstrong has forcefully rejected the story and has steadfastly denied ever using illegal performance enhancing techniques.

An Armstrong spokesman told VeloNews and other news sources that he was not concerned about Novitzky’s travels in France.

“The samples were clean when originally provided and tested,” said Mark Fabiani, Armstrong’s attorney, in a statement released Tuesday. “So we have nothing to be concerned about. Period.”