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Thursday 10, Aug 2017

  Colorado Classic Shuts Door On Lance Armstrong

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The organizer of the Colorado Classic race has withdrawn its association with the Stages podcast of Lance Armstrong, the American former professional road racing cyclist.

The former professional cyclist will now not be able to earn money from the new Colorado Classic stage race this week (August 10-13) after the race organizer decided to pull the offer of hosting his podcast because of his lifetime doping ban. The disgraced cyclist was expected to bring his fresh and informed cycling perspective to the inaugural event with daily podcasts similar to his Stages Tour de France podcast that was downloaded five million times that placed him in the iTunes top 10 for downloads in July.

It is widely believed that the pressure, including the possibility of losing its 2.HC ranking, saw Colorado Classic organizer RPM cancel its plans. Ben Davis, a spokesman, said we in light of the concerns expressed by the United States Anti-Doping Agency have came to a mutual agreement that it is in the best interest of the Colorado Classic to cancel the marketing partnership with the ‘Stages’ podcast.”

In a statement, race spokesman Curtis Hubbard earlier had remarked that we have been informed of rules that could limit broadcast of the ‘Stages’ podcast from the upcoming Colorado Classic and added we are seeking additional guidance and will make a decision on how to proceed after further consultation with USADA and producers of the podcast. Hubbard added the UCI-sanctioned race has engaged in a “media partnership” with Lance Armstrong that would have included covering specific expenses related to the podcast but has no input with regard to content and production.

The partnership of Armstrong made USADA upset. The United States Anti-Doping Agency in its Reasoned Decision in 2012 had revealed that the cyclist made use of banned performance enhancing drugs throughout his career in which he won seven Tour de France titles.

USADA remarked it has only “advised” race organizers on the rules. A USADA spokesperson said an ineligible individual under the World Anti-Doping Agency Code may not have an official role in relation to a sanctioned event such as the Colorado Classic.

Previously, Colorado Classic officials had said they were “blown away” by the expansive reach of the podcast of Lance Armstrong during the Tour de France. The officials added his commentary as a potential boost toward reviving the popularity of professional cycling through “the biggest audience in cycling.” Ken Gart, chairman of the organization formed to put on the race, had said that he thinks Armstrong has an emotional attachment to racing in Colorado. Gart also commented if we were launching his new strategy, that would be one thing but with 5 million downloads, this will help us connect with that serious cycling audience.

The Colorado Classic combines food, drink, and music in a festival atmosphere with the race that will feature stops in Colorado Springs, Breckenridge, and Denver. The field includes 16 men’s and 13 women’s teams, with riders from 23 countries and stage or overall winners from top international competitions.

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Friday 07, Apr 2017

  Lance Armstrong Doping Doctor Receives Suspended Sentence

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Dr. Michele Ferrari, the infamous coach and sports doctor, has been found guilty of doping Italian biathlete Daniel Taschler by a court in Bolzano.

Ferrari, who was banned for life by the United States Anti-Doping Agency for doping Lance Armstrong and other athletes from the US Postal Service team, was given an 18-month suspended prison sentence and a fine of 4,500 Euro. He was also asked to pay 15,000 Euro as part of a civil verdict to the World Anti-Doping Agency.

Taschler was given a nine-month suspended sentence. The biathlete’s father, who was a one-time Italian Biathlon nation coach and vice-president of the International Biathlon Federation, was given a one-year sentence.

During the investigation, police used phone taps to listen in on conversations between Dr. Ferrari and Taschler. It was believed by prosecutors that the conversations included instructions on how to take EPO and details of secret telephone numbers where Dr. Ferrari could be contacted. The biathlete’s father had pushed his son to work with Dr. Ferrari as a way to boost his athletic career.

The investigation was sparked by the Padua investigation that assisted uncover financial payments from Armstrong to Dr. Ferrari and other evidence. This investigation was moved to Bolzano as the first contact between Taschler and Dr. Ferrari is alleged to have occurred near home of the biathlete.

This is the first instance when Dr. Ferrari has been found guilty of doping in a court. It is despite him having a long history of doping accusations going back to the early nineties when the big benefits of Erythropoietin (EPO) were first discovered. Previously, Dr. Ferrari was found guilty of sporting fraud and illegally working as a pharmacist in 2006 after testimony from former rider Filippo Simeoni. Simeoni said that Ferrari had advised him on how to use EPO and Testosterone. However, Ferrari was later cleared on appeal of the latter charge as the slow legal process in Italy and the statue of limitations allowed him to avoid the case reaching a final verdict. In 2000, doping became a crime in Italy and it was only then that prosecutors found it easy to persue doctors and athletes who dope.

In 2002, Ferrari was banned for life by the Italian Cycling Federation but he made an appeal to a regional court to have the ban lifted because of a rule change of the World Anti-Doping Agency. Ferrari had then claimed that he was not properly notified by the talian Olympic Committee (CONI) and every licenced athlete of his ban. Several riders were banned for just three months in the past as it was claimed by them that they did not know Ferrari had been banned in 2002.

The infamous coach and sports doctor is infamous for comparing Erythropoietin to orange juice in 1994 when he used to work with the Gewiss team that dominated racing at the time. Ferrari had told L’Equipe and other European media that EPO is not dangerous, it is the abuse that is and he had also added that it is also dangerous to drink 10 liters of orange juice.

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Wednesday 15, Feb 2017

  Armstrong Fails To Block Government Lawsuit

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Lance Armstrong, the American former professional road racing cyclist, has lost his bid to block a $100m (£79m) lawsuit by the US government.

The U.S. Justice Department had accused the cyclist, who had won the Tour de France a record seven consecutive times from 1999 to 2005, before he was banned for life and stripped of his titles, of defrauding the government by accepting millions of dollars in sponsorship money from the U.S. Postal Service (USPS). The U.S. Anti-Doping Agency accused Armstrong in a report of engineering one of the most sophisticated doping schemes in sports.

On Monday, a federal judge cleared the way for a U.S. government lawsuit that seeks nearly $100 million in damages from the former professional cyclist to go to trial. Judge Christopher Cooper of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia wrote in a 37-page ruling that the Court must deny Armstrong’s motion for summary judgment on this issue because the government has offered evidence that Armstrong withheld information about the team’s doping and use of PEDs and that the anti-doping provisions of the sponsorship agreements were material to USPS’s decision to continue the sponsorship and make payments under the agreements.

Armstrong’s cycling team, the now-defunct Tailwind Sports Corp, received around $32.3 million from USPS from 2000 to 2004. Cooper said in his ruling USPS looked to capitalize on the Tour de France victories of Armstrong as well as his “compelling personal story.” The US federal government now wants the money back and Armstrong may likely end up paying triple under the False Claims Act.

In defense, the attorney of Armstrong claimed USPS suffered no damages and received far more in value from the sponsorship than the amount paid by it. The Judge responded by saying the argument should be decided by a jury at trial.

Cooper wrote the Court concludes that the monetary amount of the benefits USPS received is not sufficiently quantifiable to keep any reasonable juror from finding that the agency suffered a net loss on the sponsorship, especially if one considers the adverse effect on the Postal Service’s revenues and brand value that may have resulted from the negative publicity surrounding the subsequent investigations of Armstrong’s doping and his widely publicized confession. The Judge also said determination of damages must therefore be left to a jury and the Court accordingly declines to grant Armstrong summary judgment on damages and will set the case for trial.

The former cyclist admitted to making use of banned performance enhancing drugs in seven of his Tour wins.

In another development, Armstrong’s former directeur sportif Johan Bruyneel poured scorn on legendary cyclist Greg LeMond. Bruyneel said LeMond has an unnatural obsession with tarnishing the reputation of Lance Armstrong. Bruyneel, who is currently serving a 10-year ban for his involvement in doping, said LeMond has realized that people are less and less outraged by Lance, because it has become clear that he was only one of many who were doping, and that is why LeMond is now looking for something new with which to tarnish his name. Armstrong’s former directeur sportif added LeMond is not going to manage it and went on to comment that they can keep trying until the year 3000 and they are not going to find mechanical doping.

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Wednesday 23, Nov 2016

  USADA Chief Blasts IOC For Attempted Reform Chaos

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Travis Tygart, the chief executive of the United States Anti-Doping Agency, has criticized the International Olympic Committee of acting like the “Keystone Cops”.

Tygart also said the IOC decision not to suspend the entire Russian contingent in the Rio Olympics was wrong. The USADA chief executive said that has always been our biggest worry – if you fail to put any consequence in place, which is what the IOC did, that sends a message that there are some that are too big to fail. Tygart also remarked the credibility of the IOC and WADA was further undermined by a report on anti-doping operations at Rio itself by an independent observer. The USADA chief said he is surprised and worried that 4,000 athletes out of the 11,000 that were in Rio had no tests prior to the Rio Olympics, out of which 1,900 of them were in high-risk sports. Tygart said he fears that clean athletes would very soon turn their backs on sport if there was not a fundamental overhaul.

Tygart also issued a warning that it is “now or never” to overhaul the global fight against doping in the wake of the Russian doping scandal or lose it forever. Tygart, who led the investigation that brought down the seven-time Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong, added the governance of the World Anti-Doping Agency has to change and be made truly independent.

The USADA chief added we have to be cogniscent and honest about the tension between promoting and policing your sport. Tygart went on to add that we have to remove the fox from guarding the henhouse as it can’t police itself. Tygart was referring to the recent re-election of Sir Craig Reedie as WADA president for another three years. WADA recently launched its first whistleblower program and ratified a process that should allow it to set its own sanctions against non-compliant countries for the first time.

Tygart added it was time for wholesale reform. The USADA chief also said clean athletes are frustrated and they are upset and also commented they see what’s going on. The chief executive of the United States Anti-Doping Agency added they want their rights protected and they want a system that works. Tygart also said there was a fundamental unwillingness on the part of the International Olympic Committee that provides half of WADA’s $30m per year funding – to give up control and further remarked the IOC could immediately remove themselves from the WADA board, they could immediately put $500m or whatever the number is into a fund to ensure anti-doping has the resources it needs to truly protect the brand. He said the IOC should place $500m in a blind trust and use the proceeds to fund a truly independent global anti-doping regulator. Tygart remarked it is an investment in the brand and it is short-sightedness that is really frustrating. He also said people want fair play and they want to know what they are watching is real and is not a fraud and is not rigged.

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Monday 19, Sep 2016

  Tour De France Winner Denies Link To Doctor Convicted Of Doping

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Bradley Wiggins, the first British man to win the Tour de France, is facing a fight for his reputation after recently-leaked documents showed he used banned performance enhancing drugs.

Wiggins used Triamcinolone, the same drug Lance Armstrong tested positive for at the 1999 Tour de France.

Wiggins has been forced to deny that the controversial Belgian doctor Geert Leinders was involved in his obtaining so-called therapeutic use exemptions. This was after details of the therapeutic use exemptions granted to him and fellow Tour de France winner, Chris Froome, were leaked.

The leaked documents suggested three TUEs were obtained by Bradley Wiggins for the treatment of asthma and allergies between 2011 and 2013, each before his major target race for that season. The British cyclist also had to clarify apparent inconsistencies between what he wrote in 2012 about the use of needles and the details that have emerged via the Fancy Bears hackers.

In a statement, a spokesperson for Wiggins said Brad has no direct link to Geert Leinders. The spokesperson added Leinders was ‘on race’ doctor for Team Sky for short period and so was occasionally present at races dealing with injuries sustained whilst racing such as colds, bruises etc. It was further commented by the spokesperson of Wiggins that Leinders had no part in Brad’s TUE application and added Brad’s medical assessments from 2011-2015 were processed by the official Team Sky doctor, and were verified by independent specialists to follow WADA, UCI, and BC guidelines. The statement also reads Brad’s passing comment regarding needles in the 2012 book referred to the historic and illegal practice of intravenous injections of performance-enhancing substances, which was the subject of a law change by [world cycling’s governing body] the UCI in 2011. It was also commented that the Triamcinolone injection that is referred to in the Wada leaks is an intramuscular treatment for asthma and is fully approved by the sport’s governing bodies and Brad stands by his comment concerning the use of illegal intravenous needle injections.

Belgian doctor Geert Leinders was a Team Sky doctor between 2011-2012 and Bradley won the Tour de France in the latter year. Leinders was later banned for life for doping offences committed during a previous stint at the tainted Rabobank cycling team between 2001-2009.

David Walsh, the Sunday Times journalist who brought down Lance Armstrong, suggested that a 2012 injection of Triamcinolone was given as a preventive measure rather than to treat existing symptoms ahead of Wiggins’s historic Tour victory. The journalist said the team that wanted to be seen as whiter than white had been dealing in shades of grey and added what they did was legal, but it was not right.

The British professional road and track racing cyclist, who rides for the UCI Continental team WIGGINS and was awarded a CBE in 2009, won the Paris–Nice, the Tour de Romandie, the Critérium du Dauphiné, and became the first British cyclist to win the Tour de France and the time trial at the Olympic Games in 2012.

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Friday 09, Sep 2016

  UCI President Slams IOC For Being “In Denial” Over Doping

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Brian Cookson, president of the Union Cycliste Internationale, has remarked Olympic sports remain in denial and not doing anywhere near enough about their doping problems unlike cycling that had at least confronted its drug-infested past.

The UCI President also remarked it is a ticking time bomb he thinks will inevitably explode. Cookson remarked cycling has come a long way to come clean and added the sport is well down the road to redemption and recovery that places it ahead of deluded sports resisting that difficult route.

Cookson also remarked he has often said that there are two groups of sports: sports that have a doping problem and are doing something about it – and he believe we are in amongst the leaders in those – and sports that have a doping problem and are in denial and are not doing anywhere near enough about it. The UCI chief also added he thinks those sports, sooner or later, which are in denial and haven’t done enough are going to have – and perhaps are already having – the sorts of problems that we had.

The reputation of road cycling and the sport’s world governing body was shattered by the exposure of Lance Armstrong as a systematic cheat in October 2012. Cookson, who was president of British Cycling for 17 years until 2013 when he took over the UCI, used the marker for applauding UCI’s establishment of genuinely independent anti-doping processes, genuinely independent case management. The President of the world governing body of cycling also remarked he does not want to be complacent or to criticize other sports and added he thinks we are in a good position as a sport and also said he thinks our credibility is much higher than it was a few years ago, but we need to keep working at that.

In another development, US cycling athletes Robert Baatz and Mary Verrando-Higgins have accepted sanctions for anti-doping rule violations after testing positive for prohibited substances. Baatz provided an in-competition urine sample on March 12, 2016, at the Tour of Corsicana in Corsicana and his sample tested positive for the presence of an exogenous androgenic anabolic steroid and/or its metabolites, which was confirmed by Isotope Ratio Mass Spectrometry (IRMS) analysis. The 48-year-old accepted a two-year sanction for the anti-doping rule violation and has been disqualified from all competitive results obtained on and subsequent to March 12, 2016, including forfeiture of any medals, points, and prizes.

Verrando-Higgins accepted a one-year sanction for an anti-doping rule violation after testing positive for a prohibited substance administered with the support of a licensed physician. The 54-year-old cyclist tested positive for the prohibited substance 17α-methyl-5α-androstane-3, 17-diol and 17α-methyl-5β-androstane-3,17-diol, metabolites of Methyltestosterone, as a result of an in-competition urine sample she provided on May 24, 2016, in Winston-Salem.

Anabolic Agents are prohibited at all times under the USADA Protocol for Olympic and Paralympic Movement Testing (the Protocol), the United States Olympic Committee (USOC) National Anti-Doping Policies (USOC NADP), and the International Cycling Union (UCI) Anti-Doping Rules, all of which have adopted the World Anti-Doping Code (Code) and the World Anti-Doping Agency Prohibited List.

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Thursday 29, Oct 2015

  Gran Fondo New York Winner Stripped Of Title

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Oscar Tovar of Colombia, the winner of the 2015 Campagnolo Gran Fondo New York, has been stripped of his title. This was after he failed an in-competition anti-doping test at the May event, according to an announcement by the organizers and the U.S. Anti Doping Agency (USADA).

Tovar won the 100-mile (160km) race that featured 5,000 cyclists from 70 nations, in less than four hours and 15 minutes on May 17. His ban was backdated to start May 17 and any results since then were also forfeited. However, Tovar was able to keep his victory in the Gran Fondo NY Colombia, staged in Bogota on April 26.

A USADA test found that the 32-year-old Tovar had synthetic testosterone in his system on May 17, 2015, following the 100-mile event. Tovar has been banned for two years under WADA rules and Gran Fondo New York (GFNY) has banned the Colombian for life from all GFNY of its events.

GFNY CEO Uli Fluhme said we are of course upset and hurt that a doper taints the reputation of our race and had us celebrate him on the day. Fluhme added however, it is without a doubt more important for us to do what we can to make our race fair, of which doping controls are an integral part. The GFNY CEO also commented that simply looking away and not testing the athletes is the worst decision that a race director can make because it forces everyone to take drugs to try to level the playing field.

The Gran Fondo starts under the George Washington Bridge in New York and winds through urban and rural areas, including Bear Mountain, before finishing in the suburbs of New Jersey. The 2015 Campagnolo Gran Fondo New York brought as many as 5,000 riders through all five Rockland towns, and riders from 70 countries, including last year’s top finisher, Gabriel Corredor of Colombia. The longer course winds its way across the George Washington Bridge and then riders have to climb Perkins Memorial Drive on Bear Mountain before they head west into Ramapo for a stop at Provident Bank Park. After this, they go down South Mountain Road and through Orangeburg en route to rejoin Route 9W for the return to Manhattan.

In the last few years, the sport of cycling has been marred by many doping controversies. Some of the biggest names in the world of professional cycling, including Lance Armstrong, were found guilty of doping and banned. The UCI, the world governing body of cycling, has been on an improvisation mission ever since to curb doping in cycling. During this year’s Tour de France, anti-doping controls at the Tour de France were done in collaboration with the French Anti-Doping Agency (AFLD). In a press release, UCI president Brian Cookson had said he would like to highlight once again the excellent climate in which all the stakeholders involved in the fight against doping work together on a daily basis for the benefit of our sport. Cookson had added we can be confident of the robustness of our program thanks to the sharing of information between all anti-doping actors and a strategy focused on even more targeted controls.

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Tuesday 13, Oct 2015

  Ben Foster Took Drugs To Play Lance Armstrong

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American actor Ben Foster has admitted he took drugs in a contained, doctor-supervised manner to better understand why athletes took drugs. Foster is playing the role of Lance Armstrong in a film “The Program”, which is an adaptation of the book Seven Deadly Sins: My Pursuit of Lance Armstrong.

In an interview with the Toronto Star, Foster admitted he wanted to understand — on a personal level, on a cellular level — what that experience is like. Foster also remarked coming off those drugs is the difficult part but that was a calculated risk and part of the joy of the job.

The actor said he would not name the drugs and remarked everything was “all legal” and was “an interesting element”. Foster revealed he would not reveal how long he took the drugs for and remarked he was part of a program (hat went before they started shooting) that was supervised by a doctor. Ben added athletes take performance enhancing drugs to go stronger, go longer, and go faster but also remarked they also can damage the body very long-term and in very serious ways.

Ben Foster added cycling is a brutal, brutal, brutal, brutal sport and he does not understand how cyclists do it and do it for that long. Foster also said the Tour de France is a wicked sport in the way that it’s not just man against man or woman against woman; it’s not flesh against flesh. It’s flesh against machine.

His director Stephen Frears said he came to know about drugs only two weeks ago and did not feel like it was any of his business. Frears added there has been doping at the beginning of sport and there will always be doping and also said they will always be one step ahead but the governing bodies just need to keep up with that. Frears also commented that we have to keep their feet to the fire most importantly and make sure they are not complicit with the athletes creating and generating money for their sport for their endorsements.

Once considered to be the greatest cyclist of all time, Lance Edward Armstrong was stripped of Tour de France seven consecutive title wins from 1999 to 2005 after a protracted doping scandal. The American former professional road racing cyclist was found guilty in 2012 by the United States Anti-Doping Agency of using and promoting the use of banned performance enhancing drugs. The former cyclist decided not to contest the charges and received a lifetime ban from competing in all sports. In January 2013, Lance Armstrong admitted to making use of performance enhancing drugs and said he used Testosterone, Cortisone, and other drugs and methods to win the Tour de France.

In the past, Armstrong has been hugely criticized by outspoken opponents of doping like Paul Kimmage and Christophe Bassons. During the 1999 Tour de France, Bassons wrote many articles in which he made references to doping in the peloton. Lance Armstrong entered into an altercation with Bassons. Kimmage referred to Lance Armstrong as a “cancer in cycling” and posed questions before the former cyclist in relation to his “admiration for dopers” that provoked a scathing reaction from Armstrong.

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Sunday 13, Sep 2015

  Medical Records Of Lance Armstrong Sought By Federal Government

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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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Friday 11, Sep 2015

  Nike Fights Subpoena In US Federal Lawsuit

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The legal fight between the US federal government and disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong, who won seven consecutive Tour de France titles before being stripped of all and banned for life, is now threatening to drag Nike, the sportswear company, into the fray.

The sportswear company has been served subpoenas by both Armstrong and the government to grill Nike under oath as a witness to find out more about the previous sponsorship of Armstrong with the company. In reply, Nike has decided to fight back at both and has requested a federal judge in Oregon for help protecting its information.

Nike attorney Mary VanderWeele wrote in a declaration to the court that disclosure of this information could harm Nike’s industry reputation and its relationship with athletes, who expect Nike to maintain the private financial, performance, and related information regarding their relationships with Nike in confidence. Attorneys for Nike stated in a court document filed Armstrong and the Government have dragged non-party Nike at the eleventh hour into litigation that has been going on for years and for which Nike can provide essentially no relevant information.

A court document submitted by Robert Weaver, an attorney for Nike, said Nike is in the business of selling athletic apparel and merchandise, and relies on sponsorship of athletes and product placement as part of its business model. The document also reads USPS, on the other hand, is in the business of postal delivery services and sponsorship of an athletic team is not part of its core business model. It was further added that any comparison between USPS’s and Nike’s experience related to sponsorship of Armstrong or the USPS is simply not relevant to any claim or defense raised by the parties in the litigation. The Nike attorney added a response to Armstrong’s subpoena would contain organizational, funding, strategic, and other operating information regarding the proprietary business model Nike uses in its sponsorship efforts and also said this information is a trade secret.

The subpoenas are part of the $100 million civil fraud suit of the federal government against Lance Armstrong on behalf of the U.S. Postal Service that sponsored Armstrong’s cycling team from 1998 to 2004.

In 2012, Nike and all of Armstrong’s other major sponsors fired him after a massive file of evidence was released by the United States Anti-Doping Agency that showed Lance Armstrong doped throughout his cycling career.

Lance Armstrong wants to bring Nike into the fray so that he could improve his defense that the government’s lawsuit against him is baseless as the U.S. Postal Service suffered no damages and instead profited to a great extent from the publicity generated by his success at the time. The federal government, on the other hand, argues that the cycling team of Armstrong violated its sponsorship contract by doping and concealed those violations to continue receiving more than $30 million in payments. These payments would not have been received if the U.S. federal government had known that doping was prevalent in the U.S. Postal Service cycling team.

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