The editor-in-chief of French sports daily L'Equipe has denied that his paper is engaged on a "witch-hunt" against seven-time Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong.
"If Armstrong was a Frenchman and we had seen the same data, we would do the same thing," Claude Droussent told French TV station LCI.
L'Equipe last week alleged that testing of urine samples from the 1999 Tour de France showed that lance Armstrong had used EPO during his first Tour victory. Armstrong has strenuously denied the charge.
Cyclingnews coverage of the L'Equipe allegations
June 27, 2006 - Carmichael defends Armstrong, Armstrong answers L'Equipe & LeMond
June 26, 2006 - LeMond: "Armstrong threatened my life"
June 19, 2006 - Armstrong calls for Pound's exit
June 18, 2006 - Lance Armstrong's open letter against Dick Pound
June 4, 2006 - UCI hits back at WADA
June 3, 2006 - WADA slams the Vrijman report
June 2, 2006 - L'Equipe stands by its story, UCI supports Vrijman's findings
June 1, 2006 - UCI, WADA and Armstrong react to Vrijman's report
May 31, 2006 - UCI lawyer asks for Armstrong's name to be cleared
May 14, 2006 - Two more weeks for Armstrong investigation
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