Lance ArmstrongÂ’s former teammate, Steven Swart, is accusing Armstrong of using performance enhancing drugs. Swart has alleged that Armstrong initiated team wide use of a banned substance, EPO, and also that Armstrong himself tested positive multiple times while on tour.
Swart made the allegations to Sports Illustrated. In the same piece that Swart made his allegations SI also claimed that Italian authorities found text messages and emails, during a raid of one of ArmstrongÂ’s teammateÂ’s homes, linking ArmstrongÂ’s Radio Shack team with Dr. Michele Ferrari.
Armstrong had supposedly cut off any connection with Ferrari in 2004 after allegations emerged that Ferrari participated in helping another rider use performance enhancers.
These allegations emerge as a federal grand jury in Las Angeles looks into cheating in pro cycling. The grand jury has been looking into Armstrong ever since his former teammate, Floyd Landis, made claims that Armstrong used performance enhancers.
Lance Armstrong won seven Tour de France titles in a row, from 1999 to 2005. Armstrong overcame testicular cancer to win the Tour de France and has been awarded Athlete of the Year by ABC, Sportsman of the Year by SI, and Associated Press Male Athlete of the Year among other things. However, Armstrong has been plagued for years by allegations of performance enhancing drug use from various different sources. While Armstrong has never tested positive, the allegations continue and this is just the latest batch of them.