25 Apr 2009

No French doping action against Armstrong

8:40 am on 25 April 2009

The French anti-doping agency, the AFLD, says it won't 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 has decided not to take action against the racer.

Armstrong, who has undergone 24 drug tests since his comeback to professional racing in September last year, had become increasingly annoyed with the AFLD, saying recently that he knew his comeback wasn't welcomed by a lot of people in France.

The AFLD's dispute with Armstrong relates to the test when the Astana rider took a shower at his French home for 20 minutes while the identity of a doping official, who had come calling, was verified with cycling's governing body, the UCI.