Lance Armstrong Files Lawsuit

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07/9/2012| 0 comments
by AP and Roadcycling.com
Lance Armstrong. Photo Fotoreporter Sirotti.
Lance Armstrong. Photo Fotoreporter Sirotti.

Lance Armstrong Files Lawsuit

Lance Armstrong filed a federal lawsuit Monday aimed at preventing the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) from moving ahead with charges that he used performance-enhancing drugs during his record-setting career.

raised by admitted drug-user Floyd Landis in 2010 should be addressed by UCI.

- USADA may have violated federal law if it coerced witness testimony against him with deals to reduce punishments for riders facing doping charges.

- Tygart and officials with the World Anti-Doping Agency have recklessly pursued Armstrong for several years in a personal quest to catch him despite Armstrong's hundreds of negative drug tests. Tygart was named a co-defendant in the lawsuit.

Also charged by USADA are former Armstrong team manager and current Team RadioShack-Nissan manager Johan Bruyneel and several team doctors and associates. None of them are included in Armstrong's lawsuit.

Armstrong's lawsuit says he faces irreparable harm if the case is allowed to go forward to arbitration because USADA rules prevent him from being able to mount a legitimate defense.

"It is a testament to USADA's brazenness and callous disregard for its own mission that it seeks to strip Mr. Armstrong of his life's work," the lawsuit says.

There was no immediate indication when a judge would rule. The case was filed in U.S. District Court in Austin.

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