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Report: Armstrong Paid Banned Doc’s Front Company

ROME (AP)  An Italian newspaper is reporting that Lance Armstrong made payments to an Italian physician banned for doping through a front company in Switzerland.

Mainstream Milan-based daily Corriere della Sera says the seven-time Tour de France winner directed funds to a company in the Neuchatel region of Switzerland called Health and Performance.

Citing work by Swiss and Italian investigators, Corriere says that Michele Ferrari, a banned Italian doctor who was once Armstrong’s training adviser, was behind the “anonymous company now in liquidation.”

Ferrari was cleared on appeal in 2006 of criminal charges accusing him of distributing doping products to athletes, but he remains barred for life by the Italian Cycling Federation under a
2002 ruling.

Armstrong has long denied doping and has never tested positive. The American has acknowledged meeting Ferrari nonprofessionally since publicly severing their working relationship in 2004. A spokesman for Armstrong did not return a message seeking comment.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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  1. Jerry says:

    Seems like Lance Armstrong, ever the politician, will take his secret with him to his grave. That is unless some additional credible sources turn “state’s evidence” and show the films they must surely have taken. People who are disappointed in Lance have got to go see the LanceLied (dot com) site for a funny slap on the wrist. It may be time for the Livestrong Foundation, a very good cause that has done nothing but good, to ditch the yellow wristbands, distance themselves from Lance and find a new spokesperson so they don’t become a victim of the fallout from the founder’s improprieties.

    Seems like Lance Armstrong, ever the politician, will take his secret with him to his grave.

    That is unless some additional credible sources turn “state’s evidence” and show the films they must surely have taken.

    People who are disappointed in Lance have got to go see the LanceLied.com site for a funny slap on the wrist. My 11 year old son came up with the idea.

    It may be time for the Livestrong Foundation, a very good cause that has done nothing but help people in need, to ditch the yellow wristbands, distance themselves from Lance. The should find a new spokesperson so they don’t become a victim of the fallout from the founder’s improprieties.

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