CYCLING-USA-FRANCE-ARMSTRONG-DOPING

CYCLING-USA-FRANCE-ARMSTRONG-DOPING

A combination made on June 14, 2012 shows seven file pictures (LtoR, top to bottom) taken in 2005, 2004, 2003, 2002, 2001, 2000 and 1999 of US cyclist Lance Armstrong posing on the podium on the Champs-Elysees in Paris after winning the Tour de France cylcing race and a picture taken in 2005 showing seven fingers (meaning seven victories) during the 92nd Tour de France. Seven-time Tour de France champion Lance Armstrong confirmed on June 13, 2012 he is facing new doping allegations brought by the US Anti-Doping Agency that could result in the stripping of his titles. Armstrong — who has vehemently denied using performance-enhancing drugs during his career — angrily said the new “baseless” charges stem from “discredited” allegations from the past. AFP PHOTO / JAVIER SORIANO / JOEL SAGET / FRANCK FIFE / PATRICK KOVARICK / MARTIN BUREAU (Photo credit should read JAVIER SORIANO,JOEL SAGET,FRANCK FIFE,PATRICK KOVARIK,MARTIN BUREAU/AFP/GettyImages)