'Doping ringleader' Armstrong unaffected by USADA files' revelations

Last Updated: Thu, Oct 11, 2012 08:10 hrs

Disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong is seemingly unaffected by the US Anti-Doping Agency's (USADA) accusations of being the ringleader in biggest doping conspiracy in sporting history.

Armstrong's legacy as cancer survivor turned seven-time winner of the Tour de France was in ruins on Wednesday, as he was accused of taking drugs on a massive scale, and being the ringleader of the most complicated doping conspiracy in sporting history

USADA charged him with six offences covering the use of banned substances, the trafficking of drugs, the administration of drugs to teammates and aiding and abetting a massive cover-up between 1998 and 2005.

USADA released the findings of a two-year investigation yesterday accusing Armstrong of using a cocktail of banned substances and blood transfusions, and they also built up a picture of an elaborate doping ring which alleged the involvement of support staff, fellow riders and even his former wife.

However, Armstrong's first public words since the release of the report detailing his systemic cheating had little to do with drug storm that has surrounded him.

Armstrong posted on Twitter, hours after the USADA released a 1000-page report into the disgraced cyclist's doping conspiracy, but his post offered nothing to explain his endemic use of banned substances while he was a professional rider with US Postal Service.

"What am I doing tonight? Hanging with my family, unaffected, and thinking about this (a link to a page detailing the 15th anniversary of the Lance Armstrong Foundation)," the Daily Telegraph quoted Armstrong's tweet, as saying.

He then posted a link to a music video for the Elliot Smith song 'Coming up roses'. (ANI)

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