"No worries, it's been this way for 10 years. I have nothing to hide." That's Austin cycling great Lance Armstrong's response to France's sports minister's warning that he'll be "particularly monitored" in anti-doping checks at this year's Tour de France.
Armstrong has denied having taken banned substances during his cycling career.
The head of France's anti-doping agency has said Armstrong will
be treated like any other rider regarding drug testing. But French sports minister Roselyne Bachelot's warning suggests otherwise. She tells French cable TV that the seven-time Tour de France winner will, in her words, "be particularly, particularly, particularly monitored."
The International Cycling Union, responding to the damage done to the sport by continual drug and cheating scandals, is planning more than 500 doping checks at this year's Tour.
The three-week race starts Saturday in Monaco.
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