Although it's is a tempest in a teapot in a way, the charge does hold importance. The AP says a French doping agency accuses Lance Armstrong of breaking protocol when an agent paid a visit to the multiple Tour de France winner last month.
Armstrong blew off the anti-doping physician for a time, showering etc. while the tester waited. The tests (urine, blood, hair) turned up negative, which is the teapot part. However as any enterprising athlete knows a 20-30 minute break can enable all kids of shenanigans to thwart dope testing...and this is well practiced among professional cyclists.
Lance haters will pile on; Lance defenders will scream in anguish. The rest of us will likely stay nauseated.
French doctors say they tested Armstrong's hair, urine and blood March 17. They say they found no traces of drugs.
However, the agency, known as AFLD, said in a statement Thursday that a doctor charged with testing Armstrong last month claimed Armstrong "did not respect the obligation to remain under the direct and permanent observation" of the tester.
The AFLD says it is can impose sanctions on the American rider, but didn't indicate what they would be.
Armstrong is in training to ride in this year's Tour.