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Ex-champion cyclist Lance Armstrong, whose team was sponsored by the U.S. Postal Service, will have to face claims in a $120 million whistle-blower lawsuit that he defrauded the government by using performance-enhancing drugs.
While the world’s top cyclists prepare to race across the French countryside and charge up the Alps next month, disgraced former Tour de France champion Lance Armstrong may be watching from the offices of his law firm.
The judge in a whistle-blower lawsuit accusing Lance Armstrong of defrauding the government by using banned substances in violation of his team’s contract with the U.S. Postal Service put on hold a deposition of the disgraced cyclist.
Lance Armstrong, stripped of seven Tour de France victories and banned from professional cycling in 2012, was questioned under oath for the first time since he admitted doping in an Oprah Winfrey interview last year.
Floyd Landis ’s e-mails in which he purported to admit breaking doping rules and alleged that Lance Armstrong and other former cycling teammates did the same are under investigation by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency.
Former cyclist Floyd Landis, an ex- teammate of Lance Armstrong who was stripped of the 2006 Tour de France title because of doping, admitted to defrauding donors to his legal defense fund and agreed to pay more than $475,000 in restitution.
The chief doctor of the U.S. Postal Service-backed cycling team for five of Lance Armstrong ’s Tour de France wins said allegations by former member Floyd Landis of a doping regime on the squad aren’t credible.