Lance Armstrong shifts into crisis PR mode after new doping charges

The U.S. Anti-Doping Agency has brought formal doping charges against Armstrong, a move that could strip him of his seven Tour de France titles.

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The seven-time Tour de France winner has spent years deflecting a barrage of allegations that he took performance enhancing drugs, to varying effect. Mention Armstrong at a party and you might as well start discussing politics. The man is controversial; he has a number of sympathizers and even more critics.

But in February it appeared Armstrong could breathe a sigh of relief when the Justice Department dropped its two-year investigation of him.

That relief was short lived. Now, Armstrong is back in crisis PR mode.

The Washington Post on Wednesday reported that the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) brought formal charges against Armstrong, a move that prevents him from competing in triathlons and could strip him of his Tour de France titles.

On Wednesday afternoon, shortly after the story went live on the Post‘s website, Armstrong tweeted a link to a formal statement posted to his website, which says:

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