Tour De France
A director of Garmin-Sharp has denied that any of the cycling team’s riders have been banned for six months by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency as part of its doping probe into seven-time Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong.
Friday was the deadline for the seven-time Tour de France winner to respond to USADA’s June 12 warning of pending charges.
Lance Armstrong is relieved the federal investigation into doping allegations against him has ended, and says he always stayed confident he would not be charged.
Federal prosecutors say they are closing a criminal investigation of Lance Armstrong and will not charge him over allegations the seven-time Tour de France winner used performance-enhancing drugs.
An Italian newspaper is reporting that Lance Armstrong made payments to an Italian physician banned for doping through a front company in Switzerland.
Prosecutors handling an investigation of doping allegations against Lance Armstrong have responded to complaints about leaks in the grand jury inquiry.
Lance Armstrong’s attorneys say illegal government leaks of grand jury information have sullied the cyclist’s reputation.
An attorney representing Tyler Hamilton said Tuesday he felt compelled to notify federal authorities about a brief conversation involving his client and fellow cyclist Lance Armstrong.
Attorneys for Lance Armstrong have demanded an on-air apology from “60 Minutes” after the head of Switzerland’s anti-doping laboratory denied allegations the seven-time Tour de France winner tested positive for performance-enhancing drugs at the 2001 Tour de Suisse.
Lance Armstrong is adding two lawyers to his legal team who previously won a major legal victory against federal investigators in a doping case.
In the wake of doping allegations against Lance Armstrong, cycling’s governing body came to the defense of the seven-time Tour de France champ.
Former teammate Tyler Hamilton says Lance Armstrong encouraged, promoted and took part in doping in an effort to win the Tour de France in 1999 and beyond.