A former staff member on Lance Armstrong's team said in a new book that the cycling great asked her to dispose of used syringes and lend him makeup to conceal needle marks on his arms.
Armstrong disputed the claims made in the French-language book, "L.A. Confidential, the Secrets of Lance Armstrong" by author David Walsh.
And a spokesman for Armstrong's U.S. Postal Service team, Jogi Muller, said Walsh was seeking "personal revenge" against the cyclist.
The heart of the accusations come from Emma O'Reilly, who worked for several years as Armstrong's masseur, physical therapist and personal assistant. A USPS team spokesman confirmed O'Reilly "was a past employee" but declined to comment further.
The book claims Armstrong asked O'Reilly to dispose of a black bag containing used syringes after the Tour of the Netherlands in 1998. O'Reilly said she did not know what was in the syringes, according to the book.
Armstrong has said that he never failed a drug test.
Excerpts of the book were published in France's L'Express magazine yesterday, a few weeks before Armstrong begins his bid to win a record sixth straight Tour de France next month.
In a statement, his legal team said they plan to "immediately institute libel proceedings." Armstrong's lawyer, Bill Stapleton, didn't return messages seeking additional comment.
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