25 Apr 2009

French not to take action against Armstrong

2:24 pm on 25 April 2009

The French anti-doping agency (AFLD) said Friday it would not be launching a disciplinary procedure against seven-time Tour de France champion Lance Armstrong.

Armstrong claimed this month that French anti-doping authorities were plotting to prevent him from racing in the Tour de France after the AFLD questioned his behaviour at an out-of-competition test in March.

But the AFLD said in a statement it had decided not to take action against the racer, in essence clearing him to race in the Tour which starts on July 4 in Monaco.

The body "has decided to take into consideration the athlete's written explanations and, in consequence, not to open a disciplinary procedure against him.

The seven-time champion, who has undergone 24 drug tests since his comeback to professional racing in September last year, had become increasingly annoyed with the AFLD.