ance Armstrong Met Cycling Doping Panel

Lance Armstrong, the cyclist who was banned for life and stripped of his seven Tour de France titles, talked for several hours with cycling investigators about doping in cycling.

Armstrong attorney Elliot Peters disclosed that Armstrong set up the meeting and provided answers for questions for seven hours on May 22. Peters remarked they asked him about everything and remarked if you made a list of all the questions people would want to ask about Lance and his activities in cycling and everything else, those were the questions that were asked and answered.

The investigation is believed to be centered upon involvement of UCI, the world governing body of cycling, with doping, especially its links with Armstrong. The willingness of Lance Armstrong to meet with investigators is seen as critical to their efforts for determining whether former UCI officials aided his doping to help Armstrong became cycling’s biggest star.

In an interview, Armstrong claimed that former UCI president Hein Verbruggen helped him cover up doping at the 1999 Tour de France. Verbruggen vehemently denied such allegations and Armstrong has denied he paid anyone or any organization to hide his doping.

Peters remarked Armstrong had a meeting with three people “running” the Cycling Independent Reform Commission and their attorney. The commission is chaired by Dick Marty, a Swiss politician and former Swiss state prosecutor and other members of the panel are Peter Nicholson, a former Australian military officer and war crimes investigator, and German anti-doping expert Ulrich Haas.

In the past, UCI President Brian Cookson has said the lifetime ban on Armstrong may be reduced if the disgraced cyclist offers information which assists other doping investigations. The Cycling Independent Reform Commission’s panel has the authority to cut deals with cheaters who offer valuable information. Peters however remarked the cyclist did not ask for and was not offered such a deal in exchange for meeting with the group. He said there is no agreement and that was never discussed and we never asked for one. Peters added we do think the ban was unfairly harsh and should be reduced and Armstrong is talking in the spirit of not trying to benefit by getting somebody else in trouble, but in the spirit of let us tell the truth.

Lance Armstrong is in danger of losing all of his money after being involved in legal wrangling with the United States government that claims the cyclist owes them restitution. The US government wants to get back around $40 million as it funded Armstrong’s Postal Service team. Armstrong stands to lose $12 million in a separate lawsuit in Texas in addition to the federal case. In a decision last month, Judge Robert Wilkins ruled the Postal Service clearly could have sought restitution — repayment of the sponsorship fees — as a remedy and added the Court holds that the plaintiffs have sufficiently pled that the defendants owed an obligation to pay money to the government due to the alleged breach of the sponsorship agreements as a result of the riders’ doping.

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