19 Dec 2008

Drug tests besieging Armstrong

3:18 pm on 19 December 2008

Seven times tour de France winner Lance Armstrong says international drug testers have been keeping a close eye on him during his probation period.

Armstrong claims to have been drug tested 11 times in the past 18 weeks and two times in the past four days.

Armstrong, who plans to resume his cycling career next year, was placed under a six-month probation period by the United States Anti-doping Agency at the beginning of August.

He needs to pass USADA's out-of-competition testing pool before his cycling comeback can become official.

Armstrong's been accused of doping practices on several occasions, most notably in an article in French sports newspaper L'Equipe in 2005, claiming six samples from his 1999 Tour victory contained the blood-boosting drug EPO.

He's always denied doping and the UCI cleared him in 2006.