Armstrong Denies Ex-Teammate's Cheat Charge, Then Crashes Cycle

Says Floyd Landis' claims are way off base

By Greg Wilson
|  Thursday, May 20, 2010  |  Updated 1:50 PM PDT
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Cyclist's Lance Armstrong is helped up after crashing during the fifth stage of the Tour of California cycling race in the outskirts of Visalia, Calif., Thursday, May 20, 2010. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

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Lance Armstrong angrily denied a former cycling teammate's charge that he cheated his way to seven Tour de France titles, then went out and crashed his bike in a California race.

“It’s our word against his word,” Armstrong said of Floyd Landis as he prepared for the fifth stage of the Tour of California. “I like our word. We like our credibility.”

Hours later, Armstrong pulled out of the race after crashing near an orchard just before 11 a.m. local time. He was taken to a hospital to be treated for cuts and get X-rays, according to ESPN. Details werre sketchy, but the crash also involved Radio Shack teammmate Levi Leipheimer.

Landis, the only Tour de France winner to ever be stripped of his title, admitted in an interview to using performance-enhancing drugs and blood doping techniques over the course of his cycling career.

In an interview with ESPN.com and in emails obtained by the The Wall Street Journal, Landis also claimed that several other cyclists, including Armstrong,  took substances such as human growth hormone and steroids to improve their performance.

Armstrong has been accused of doping on several occasions throughout his years in the sport, but has always denied the charges and has never been sanctioned.

With his longtime coach Johan Bruyneel standing next to him, Armstrong told The Associated Press Landis seems to be pointing fingers at everyone still involved in the sport.

“We have nothing to hide,” Armstrong said. “We have nothing to run from.”

But Landis claimed that Armstrong not only cheated, but taught him how the various drugs and techniques worked.

"He and I had lengthy discussions about it on our training rides during which time he also explained to me the evolution of EPO testing and how transfusions were now necessary due to the inconvenience of the new test," Landis wrote in an e-mail published by the Journal.

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