Armstrong in dope charges

SEVEN-TIME Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong is facing fresh charges from the US Anti-Doping Agency that could cost him his titles, he confirmed last night.

The American, 40, has been banned from triathlons, the sport he took up on retiring from cycling last year, as a result of the allegations.

Armstrong, who has never tested positive and was not charged in February following a two-year probe by the US attorney’s office into doping claims against him, accused USADA of running a “witch-hunt”.

He said: “These charges are baseless, motivated by spite and advanced through testimony bought and paid for by promises of anonymity and immunity. I have never doped, and have competed as an endurance athlete for 25 years with no spike in performance.”