It looks like you're using an Ad Blocker.
Please white-list or disable AboveTopSecret.com in your ad-blocking tool.
Some features of ATS will be disabled while you continue to use an ad-blocker.
Dec 17 12:16 PM US/Eastern
America's seven-time Tour de France champion Lance Armstrong has reportedly claimed that allegations
made about him taking drugs was part of a witch hunt orchestrated by the French.
"The paper has no proof whatsoever," Armstrong told Saturday's Het Nieuwsblad newspaper. "It is a witch hunt and a publicity exercise."
However Armstrong - who retired from the saddle following his seventh Tour de France success in 2005 - said his treatment contrasted sharply to that accorded to French climbing specialist Richard Virenque, who was embroiled in the Festina drug taking scandal that virtually brought the 1998 Tour de France to a standstill.
"Jean-Marie Leblanc (the former head organizer of the Tour de France) never misses an opportunity to criticize me. I am sorry but with Virenque, we have the biggest rogue of the last 50 years in terms of doping. And today he is the hero of Leblanc.
"I am not criticising Richard, who played the media game and is a real 'showman', whereas I am not.
"The Tour is angry because its history has been eclipsed by an American winning it seven times.
"Bernard Hinault (five-time winner of the Tour de France) would not have had the same problems as me because he is French."