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Mechanical doping: Armstrong, the new images that question

As Lance Armstrong faces new charges over possible mechanical doping, a new video shows the former US Postal runner’s bizarre habits.

Lance Armstrong has returned to the forefront for ten days. And not just because of her son, Luke, who was recently arrested after being charged with rape. The former American runner is also the target of new accusations, this time relating to a possible use of mechanical doping. Accusations made by Jean-Pierre Verdy, the former boss of the French Agency for the Fight against Doping

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“I am convinced that he resorted to mechanical doping”, he thus launched with the Parisian on the occasion of the release of his book “Doping – My war against cheaters”, the former leader adding: “He sometimes made attacks in the last kilometers that were humanly impossible. Even with EPO, physiologists have certified me! We may have the truth one day. “

Unconvincing extracts

These suspicions are not new. So much so that the FBI carried out an investigation a few years ago. The program “60 minutes” broadcast on CBS also tried to confuse him, only managing to gather a bundle of clues. The latter had notably met Istvan Varjas, a Hungarian engineer who had invented a miniaturized engine in the 90s. According to her, he had sold it in 1998 for two million dollars to a buyer who remained anonymous. A year later, Lance Armstrong won the first of his seven consecutive Tour de France …

A video was also recently unearthed. It featured snippets of races in which the American could be seen touching his saddle before appearing to increase his pedaling rate, with some seeing it as a way for the former US Postal rider to operate a motor hidden in his frame. . And these extracts would not be isolated. This is what Antoine Vayer wanted to show, the former doctor of the Festina who became one of the first slayers of doping. But this time, some compiled excerpts seem more to show him putting on his shorts than to activate a hidden mechanism …

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