30 Jun 2012

Doping charges filed against Armstrong

1:02 pm on 30 June 2012

The United States Anti-Doping Agency has filed formal doping charges against Lance Armstrong that, if proven, would strip him of his seven Tour de France titles.

A three-member review panel evaluated evidence gathered by the agency and a reply from Armstrong before unanimously voting to turn the accusations into formal charges.

The ABC reports the next step in the process will be a hearing before an arbitration panel.

The panel's verdict could be appealed and the matter could be pushed to the Court of Arbitration for Sport for a final resolution.

The US Doping Agency claims it has witnesses that Armstrong and five former cycling team associates engaged in a doping conspiracy from 1998-2011.

It also says his blood samples from 2009 and 2010 are fully consistent with doping.