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Armstrong's Tour de France insights make compelling listening
July 23, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
"Man, I have seen this movie," drawls a familiar voice. "The ending is s***. [Dave] Brailsford needs to put the shovel down and stop digging."This has been an interesting Tour de France in many ways. The battle for the yellow jersey... More...
Tour de France: Lance Armstrong saddened by Bennett withdrawal, but still a believer
July 19, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
Kiwi George Bennett may be gone from the Tour de France, but he still has a big fan in seven-time winner Lance Armstrong.After several days of illness, Bennett dropped out of the French classic early on today's Stage 16, unable... More...
Tour de France: Lance Armstrong tips Kiwi George Bennett as future winner
July 13, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
And in the category of damning with faint praise ... fallen Tour de France hero Lance Armstrong has tipped Kiwi George Bennett as a future winner of the great cycle race.After his 10th-place finish at last year's Vuelta a Espaa... More...
Drug injected by Lance Armstrong 'does not boost performance'
June 29, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
By Henry Bodkin in LondonWhen in 2012, cyclist Lance Armstrong finally confessed to the most "sophisticated, professionalised and successful" doping programme the world had ever seen, he became sport's ultimate bogeyman.His admission... More...
Serial drug cheat Lance Armstrong wades into UCI presidential election debate
June 20, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
Armstrong, who was stripped of his seven Yellow Jerseys after being unmasked as a serial drug cheat fuelled by banned blood-booster EPO, has waded into the presidential election at world governing body UCI More...
Lance Armstrong's lawyers want LeMond and Betsy Andreu to be excluded as witnesses in fraud trial
June 20, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
Lance Armstrongs legal team has requested that Greg LeMond and Betsy Andreu be excluded from providing evidence as part of the US federal governments fraud case against him, which is due to go to trial in November. Armstrongs attorneys are also seeking to prevent USADAs 2012 Reasoned Decision, which detailed his doping and saw him stripped of his seven Tour de France wins, from being presented as evidence in the case. The federal government is suing Armstrong on behalf on the US Postal Service, which is seeking the return of the $32.3 million that Armstrongs team received in sponsorship between 2000 and 2004. The final figure could be tripled under the False Claims Act if it is decreed that the sponsorship was obtained fraudulently due to Armstrongs doping. As the whistle blower in the federal case, Floyd Landis stands to receive a portion of the damages if the governments case is successful.ADVERTISEMENT According to USA Today, Armstrongs attorneys from the Keker Van Nest & Peter firm have filed documents objecting to LeMond and Andreu serving as witnesses in Novembers trial. LeMond and Andreu were among those to accuse Armstrong of doping long before his belated confession in January 2013. While LeMond is well-versed in the prevalence of doping throughout the sport during the relevant time period (1997-2004) and still owns the record for the fastest time trial in Tour de France history, he has no personal knowledge regarding Armstrong, the USPS sponsorship agreement, or invoices submitted for sponsorship payments, Armstrongs legal team wrote of LeMond. A similar objection was lodged against Betsy Andreu, the wife of Armstrongs former teammate Frankie. She has been and remains a long-time vocal critic of Armstrong, appearing on television whenever possible to criticize him, and attributing to Armstrong her husbands lack of greater success in his career after being a cyclist, Armstrongs attorneys wrote. She has no relevant testimony to offer and she should not be permitted to testify in this case, or use it as a soapbox for impugning Armstrongs character. You can read more at More...
Lance Armstrong, US government battle over experts in looming fraud case
June 14, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
The US federal 'whistleblower' case against Lance Armstrong is set to go to trial in November, and Armstrong's attorneys and those of the US government are already locked in battle over what experts each side will be allowed to call upon for testimony. Armstrong was the target of a federal False Claims Act lawsuit brought by former teammate Floyd Landis in 2010 under the assertion that the former cycling star's doping constituted fraud against the government. Should he lose, Armstrong could owe up to $100 million, and Landis would be due a cut of the damages. Armstrong won the Tour de France in 1999, and with owners Tailwind Sports subsequently negotiated a larger sponsorship deal for the 2000 season. Armstrong fended off multiple accusations of doping throughout his seven-year Tour de France run, but escaped punishment until 2012, when the US Anti-Doping Agency issued an official anti-doping rule violation against him and five others. Armstrong was stripped of his seven Tour de France titles and banned, then subsequently confessed to doping in 2013.ADVERTISEMENT The government asserts that the US Postal Service's sponsorship had no value because Armstrong and some of his teammates doped, then lied about it to keep the money coming in. Armstrong's attorneys have long argued that the US Postal Service got far more in marketing value from its sponsorship than the $32.2 million it paid the team from 2000-2004. The government lawyers questioned the competence of Armstrong's expert witness, Douglas Kidder, who calculated the value of the US Postal Service exposure thanks to the team at $257 million. You can read more at More...
Hein Verbruggen passes away
June 14, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
Former UCI president Hein Verbruggen has died at the age of 75. He passed away on Tuesday evening after battling leukaemia. The Dutchman was the president of cyclings governing body between 1991 and 2005, and was appointed honorary chairman following his retirement, a position he held until his death. Verbruggen took over as president from Luis Puig in 1991 and was succeeded by Pat McQuaid. His 15 years at the helm the UCI coincided with a period in professional road cycling in which doping was rife, with the Festina Affair in 1998 seeing things reach crisis point, and Lance Armstrong going on to win seven straight Tour de France titles, all of which would later be stripped from the record books.ADVERTISEMENT The repercussions continued well into Verbruggens time as honorary president, as Armstrongs doping was laid bare by a USADA investigation in 2012. Most damaging to Verbruggens legacy and reputation was testimony from former Armstrong teammates, Floyd Landis, Tyler Hamilton and Jonathan Vaughters, who all swore under oath that Armstrong told them he could have anti-doping tests nullified by the UCI. Verbruggen often had to resort to the courts to defend his reputation from corruption allegations, notably winning a protracted and fractious defamation case against the Irish journalist Paul Kimmage. After Brian Cookson succeeded McQuaid as UCI president, Verbruggen came close to losing his honorary title. He was criticised by the Cycling Independent Reform Commission report of 2015, but lodged a complaint with the International Olympic Committee (IOC) Ethics Commission and held on to his title against Cooksons will. " Brian Cookson OBE (@BrianCooksonUCI) June 14, 2017 You can read more at More...
Lance Armstrong announces engagement to Hansen
May 26, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) " Cyclist Lance Armstrong has announced his engagement to longtime partner Anna Hansen.The couple has been together nearly a decade and have two children. Armstrong announced Wednesday on social media that he'd... More...
Cycling: Lance Armstrong reveals his biggest regret
March 09, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
Lance Armstrong has revealed what he regrets most during a career spent rebuffing accusations of doping.After years of denying taking performance drugs, in 2013 the disgraced cyclist finally admitted to taking banned substances... More...
Lance Armstrong to face trial in November
February 23, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
Lance Armstrong's US$100 million (NZ$138m) legal fight with the federal government has been set for a November trial.US District Judge Christopher Cooper on Thursday set a Nov. 6 trial start in Washington.Armstrong's legal team... More...
Lance Armstrong faces November trial in $100 million lawsuit
February 23, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) " Lance Armstrong's $100 million legal fight with the federal government has been set for a November trial.U.S. District Judge Christopher Cooper on Thursday set a Nov. 6 trial start in Washington. Armstrong's... More...
Facing lawsuit, Armstrong says he 'loved' wearing Postal
February 23, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) " Former cyclist Lance Armstrong says he "loved" representing the U.S. Postal Service, even as the government sues to get back the millions it spent sponsoring his teams.After years of legal wrangling, the federal... More...
Lance Armstrong loses bid to halt $100 million lawsuit
February 14, 2017 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) " A federal judge on Monday refused to block the government's $100 million lawsuit against Lance Armstrong, putting the former cyclist on course for trial in a 2010 case stemming from his performance-enhancing drug... More...
Emma Pooley misses out on medal in women's time trial as Team USA's Kristin Armstrong takes gold
August 10, 2016 (20:00) [ Indexed from ]
The 33-year-old finished more than two minutes behind eventual winner, Team USA's Kristin Armstrong More...
Lance Armstrong asking judge to end government lawsuit
April 28, 2016 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
WASHINGTON (AP) " Lance Armstrong has asked a federal judge to end a lawsuit against him by the U.S. government that seeks to recover millions of dollars in sponsorship money the U.S. Postal Service paid to his cycling teams.Armstrong's... More...
Government details why it wants Armstrong medical records
August 16, 2015 (13:03) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) " The federal government says it wants Lance Armstrong's medical records from his 1996 cancer treatments because they could prove just how far he was willing to go to conceal performance-enhancing drug use from... More...
Lance Armstrong's deposition testimony made public
August 07, 2015 (18:00) [ Indexed from ]
Federal investigators are asking for further depositions of Lance Armstrong, in part because of his attorneys repeated interruptions, in part due to his apparently unsatisfactory answers, according to USAToday. In support of their case, the investigators included portions of the transcript from the first deposition, giving a look into Armstrongs state of mind, and his counsels actions. More than once during the first seven hours of his deposition, Armstrong sought to minimize or explain away his most incriminating prior statements, the court filing said, according to For example, when asked if he was writing a book, Armstrong answered. Im not. I mean, I am, but Im not I mean Im writing one right now. I mean, how can you not include this content in a book?ADVERTISEMENT At one point during the seven-hour session on July 23, exchanges between the attorneys became so heated that even Armstrong seemed to tire of it, asking Cant we all just get along? In the transcipt, he stated that he first started doping in "Most likely 1993, with the product being Synacthen. Armstrong also reiterated his never tested positive stance. To me it means what it means, that I had never been positive. Whether there was " to me, TUEs dont fall under that. Suspicious samples that may or may not have been announced dont fall under that. Even the cortisone incident or the episode in 1999 didnt fall under that, because technically that wasnt a positive sense. You can read more at More...
US government seeks Lance Armstrong's medical records
August 06, 2015 (14:15) [ Indexed from ]
The US government has subpoenaed the Indiana University School of Medicine to provide Lance Armstrongs medical records from the time of his treatment for cancer in 1996. The governments intent is to find out if Armstrongs doctors knew that he had used performance-enhancing drugs, according to USA Today. The government is seeking the medical records as part of the whistleblower lawsuit, originally filed by Armstrong's former teammate Floyd Landis. The US Justice Department joined the case in 2013 in an effort to recover sponsorship funding paid by the US Postal Service to the team between 1996 and 2004. Armstrongs medical records could be used to try and prove the Texans doctors knew he had taken performance-enhancing substances, and that he conspired to cover it up. BetsyAndreu, the wife of another of Armstrongs former teammates Frankie Andreu, testified that she heard Armstrong tell others that he used a series of banned substances during a conversation at the Indiana University hospital. Armstrong has said that he doesnt recall the conversation.ADVERTISEMENT The case could see Armstrong lose US$100 million, and a third of those damages could go the whistleblower, Landis. Armstrong has said he fears financial ruin because of this lawsuit. According to USA Today, the US government also issued subpoenas for testimony from Armstrong's former sponsors Nike Inc., Trek Bicycle Corp., Giro Sport Design and Discovery Communications Inc. Armstrong was stripped of his seven Tour de France titles in 2012 following the US Anti-Doping Agencys Reasoned Decision. You can read more at More...
Government demanding Lance Armstrong's medical records (The Associated Press)
August 05, 2015 (22:30) [ Indexed from Yahoo! Sports ]
The federal government wants to see Lance Armstrong's medical records from his treatments for cancer, specifically whether his doctors knew back in 1996 that he was using performance-enhancing drugs. Court records show that government lawyers subpoenaed the Indiana University School of Medicine on July 30 to provide records of Armstrong's treatments and donations he later made to the school. More...

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