The U.S. federal government wants medical records of Lance Armstrong from his cancer treatments to prove the great lengths Armstrong was willing to go to hide his use of drugs from the public and his sponsors.

Lance Armstrong’s former teammate Frankie Andreu and his wife, Betsy, have sworn for years that they were in the hospital room of Armstrong in 1996 when he admitted to the use of performance enhancing drugs (testosterone, EPO, and human growth hormone). Armstrong vehemently denied the story of Frankie Andreu and his wife for years.

Armstrong has relied on a sworn affidavit by one of his doctors, Craig Nichols, who said he had monitored the blood levels of Lance Armstrong from 1997-2001 and found nothing irregular. Nichols also said he did not notice any sign of the blood booster EPO. However, Armstrong admitted under oath in July that he had used the blood-boosting drug during that period. Nichols is a former Livestrong board member.

The government said in documents filed in Washington that the efforts of the disgraced cyclist to blunt the allegations of Andreus were critical to hiding the truth of his doping from, among others, the United States Postal Service.

Presently, Lance Armstrong is fighting release of his medical records from the Indiana University School of Medicine as part of a whistleblower lawsuit in which the federal government seeks to recover more than $30 million in sponsorship that was paid by the U.S. Postal Service to Armstrong and his teams. The former cyclist may be asked to pay as much as $100 million in the case that the US federal government joined only two years back after the 2010 filing of the Qui Tam suit by former Armstrong teammate Floyd Landis.

The US federal government has also subpoenaed records of a $1.5 million donation to the IU medical school from Livestrong charity of Armstrong that came two days after the first testimony of Andreus about the alleged hospital room conversation.

In another development, the federal government is seeking information from Nike that shows the sportswear company would not have sponsored him if it knew he was using performance enhancing drugs. It is claimed by the government that the USPS did not derived any benefit when Armstrong won six Tour de France titles while being associated with the team. On the other hand, Armstrong and his legal team claims the USPS profited greatly from the publicity it received from the cyclist, who wore the USPS logo while gaining worldwide fame in the Tour de France.

Armstrong’s attorneys wrote the government argues that, even though the USPS sponsorship of the cycling team ended in 2004, it was damaged in 2013 when Armstrong admitted to using performance enhancing drugs. It was further added that documents and testimony from Nike regarding the benefits it received during its sponsorship of the cycling team and Armstrong, and the damage (or lack thereof) it suffered when Lance Armstrong admitted to doping in 2013, is relevant to the government’s theory of damage.

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