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October 23, 2014

Anti-Doping Body: Charity Ride Might Violate Armstrong Ban

The U.S. Anti-Doping Agency is investigating whether Lance Armstrong's planned participation in a charity bike ride in South Carolina this weekend would violate the disgraced cyclist's lifetime ban, Bloomberg writes. Mr. Armstrong is scheduled to take part in the Gran Fondo Hincapie in Greenville, S.C., at the invitation of George Hincapie, his former teammate on the U.S. Postal Service cycling squad.

The anti-doping body's October 2012 report on Mr. Armstrong's use of performance-enhancing substances led the rider to acknowledge cheating throughout his storied career and prompted cycling authorities to ban him from sanctioned events. A spokeswoman for the agency said it has contacted USA Cycling, the sport's American governing body, and is "awaiting their determination as to whether or not this Gran Fondo qualifies as an authorized event under the rules."