This story is taken from the Broken News archives

Seven time Tour de France winner, Lance Armstrong, has continued to deny any charges of drug use during his time in the sport, taking to social media to claim he has “never even been to France.”

Just hours after the disgraced champion was stripped of his seven titles and banned from the sport for life by the International Cycling Union, Armstrong maintained his innocence over Twitter.

“I’ve never even been to France, how could I possibly have cheated?” Armstrong tweeted to his 1 million+ followers.

It’s the latest in a series of bizarre denials from the former cycling champion, who recovered from cancer to win an epic seven titles in the gruelling race between 1999 and 2005.

Armstrong has been accused of using performance enhancing drugs in order to win the title, a claim he has constantly denied.  He’s now gone one step further, by suggesting he has never even been to France, where the prestigious race has been held.

I’VE NEVER EVEN BEEN TO FRANCE.

Armstrong later offered to “take a photo of my passport and prove it to you idiots”.  At the time of publication, Armstrong had provided no such evidence.

File pictures clearly show Armstrong competing in the race, wearing the yellow jersey and standing in first place on the dias at the Champs Elysees.

“He would certainly have visited France in order to win those races,” Dwayne Orico from In-Cycle Magazine told Broken News.  “It’s extremely difficult to win the Tour de France if you are in any country other than France.  His story just doesn’t stack up.”