Cycling: Armstrong 'not surprised' by French EPO revelations
LONDON (AFP) - Disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong said on Thursday he was "not surprised" that 18 leading riders in the 1998 Tour de France have been named by the French Senate as having taken the blood-boosting agent EPO.
The American said "virtually all of us" broke doping rules, after the French Senate released a report saying 18 riders, including the top two finishers in the 1998 Tour, Italy's Marco Pantani and Germany's Jan Ullrich, had tested positive for EPO.
An additional 13 riders were named as having suspicious samples.
Armstrong told www.cyclingnews.com: "My initial reaction is that I am not surprised. As I have said, it was an unfortunate era for all of us and virtually all of us broke the rules and lied about it."