The blood, urine and hair samples taken from Lance Armstrong on 17 March may have all tested negative for banned substances but the French anti doping agency (AFLD) still says that he violated anti-doping rules because according to the AFLD doctor sent to administer the tests he: “Did not respect the obligation to remain under the direct and permanent observation" of the tester”.
This one will run and run, both WADA and the UCI have said that they have no powers to act on an AFLD report to them about Armstrong's behaviour when the AFLD doctor called to take hair samples from him because they do not recognise the validity of this particular method of testing.
It now seems that the AFLD is changing tactics by instead focusing on the claim that Armstrong was not under the direct supervision of the tester at all times during the testing period. If they can prove that Armstrong was out of the tester's supervision for any part of the blood or urine testing procedures the UCI and WADA may be interested, however if this is all about the haircut they probably won't.
Equally if the Doctor is citing the time spent verifying his identity by Johan Brunyeel the AFLD are also likely to get short shrift from the UCI and WADA as Brunyeel rang the heads of both organisations to find out who the doctor was – so they already know about that and have not felt the need to act.
Whichever is the case we haven't heard the last of Lance's haircut yet, and this is just the warm-up for what we can expect if, or more likely, when he competes in this year's Tour de France.
Plucked from the obscurity of his London commute back in the mid-Nineties to live in Bath and edit bike mags our man made the jump to the interweb back in 2006 as launch editor of a large cycling website somewhat confusingly named after a piece of navigational equipment. He came up with the idea for road.cc mainly to avoid being told what to do… Oh dear, issues there then. Tony tries to ride his bike every day and if he doesn't he gets grumpy, he likes carbon, but owns steel, and wants titanium. When not on his bike or eating cake Tony spends his time looking for new ways to annoy the road.cc team. He's remarkably good at it.