Chris Horner Speaks out in Defense of Lance Armstrong

Michael Hatamoto@MhatamotoContributor IIIJune 15, 2012

MT. BALDY, CA - MAY 19:  :  Chris Horner of the USA riding for RadioShack-Nissan rides in the breakaway during stage seven of the Amgen Tour of California from Ontario to Mt. Baldy on May 19, 2012 in Mt. Baldy, California. Horner was named most courageous rider for the stage.  (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
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Former Lance Armstrong teammate, Chris Horner doesn’t believe the 7-time Tour de France winner doped during his career. 

Horner recently spoke out in defense of his fellow American teammate and cycling veteran, who is currently under fire after the US Anti-Doping Agency launched new legal attacks against him.

Here is what Horner had to say to Cyclingnews:

“I read the news like everyone else but you look at it with Lance and it’s the same stories that have been going around for years, forever, and it’s been relived and recycled many times. Lance has always come out clean from it.”

He continued to say, “I don’t believe Armstrong has cheated in any way to win those victories and he’s gone through an insane amount of testing. Do we have pictures of it? Video or testing? Because without that you really don’t have anything.”

The USADA has still kept their evidence relatively tight-lipped, but did mention testimony from ten riders speaking about doping within the team. 

The cycling world was turned upside down after the allegations and I’m curious to hear what happens in the coming weeks.  Many MMA fans are speaking out against the expected USADA witch hunt targeting specifically Armstrong–and there is a lot at stake, with seven TdF titles up for grabs. 

Armstrong is no longer eligible to race in any triathlon events, despite winning two half Ironman 70.3 events.

Meanwhile, Horner is still wondering if he might be able to slip onto the Tour de France squad, especially with team leader Andy Schleck forced out of the race due to injury.


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