Tuesday, July 25, 2006

L'Equipe Accuses Landis of Doping, Reports Endorphins and Adrenaline in Cyclist's Blood

PARIS, France -- (CNN -- Cycling News Network) -- The Tour de France has barely ended, but already rumors are swirling in the air like the scent of cafe au lait in the morning. The French sports publication L'Equipe has printed an explosive accusation in its latest issue.

According to L'Equipe, the new Tour winner, American Floyd Landis, produced blood tests which contained unusual substances: endorphins and epinephrine, also known as adrenaline. These are substances not found in the blood of French cyclists.

Landis has denied all claims of doping. A spokesman for American cycling noted, "The only thing Landis tested positive for is having true grit and courage. L'Equipe, on the other hand, consistently tests positive for envy and being sore losers."

Last year, L'Equipe accused 7-time Tour winner Lance Armstrong of doping.

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