Lance Armstrong to pay $5 million to settle fraud doping case

Lester Mason
April 20, 2018

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The lawsuit was first filed by Armstrong's former U.S. Postal Service teammate Floyd Landis - who is eligible for up to 25 percent of the settlement - in 2010.

The settlement clears the 46-year-old Armstrong of the most damaging legal issues still facing the cyclist since his downfall.

Former cycling champion Lance Armstrong on Thursday agreed to pay $5 million to settle a federal suit claiming he defrauded his sponsor, the U.S. Postal Service, by using performance-enhancing drugs, his attorney and federal officials said.

The government's lawsuit would have been the biggest by far.

Armstrong had been the target of a federal criminal grand jury, but that case was closed without charges in February 2012.

He also owns a pair of bicycle shops in Austin and WeDu, an endurance events company. "I'm looking forward to devoting myself to the many great things in my life - my five kids, my wife, my podcast, several exciting writing and film projects, my work as a cancer survivor, and my passion for sports and competition".

The government chose to join the case after Armstrong's confession in 2013, and the Postal Service claimed it would not have sponsored the team if it had known Armstrong was doping.

The Postal Service paid Armstrong's team $32.3 million between 2000 and 2004 to ride under the service's blue and white express delivery logo.

Still, without a deal, Armstrong and his critics risked an ugly trial that could have stretched for weeks in Washington, spotlighted rampant doping in cycling and brought in dozens of figures who had been listed as possible witnesses, including former three-time Tour victor Greg LeMond, U.S. Postal riders George Hincapie, Tyler Hamilton, Jonathan Vaughters and Levi Leipheimer.

Instead, Armstrong has settled for just $5 million. French newspaper L'Equipe reports blood samples retested from 1999 race show EPO use that year.

1996: Diagnosed with testicular cancer that has spread to his lymph nodes, lungs, brain and abdomen.

Under the lawsuit, the government could have pursued "treble" damages, which could have reached the $100 million range.

However his reputation imploded when the United States Anti-Doping Agency wrapped up an investigation which concluded he had been at the heart of a sophisticated doping programme throughout his career.

The Postal Service and Landis had sought around $100 million in damages from Armstrong in the trial which was due to get under way on May 7.

"But he does have to pull together some funds to pay the government over the next year", Peters said. As the person who filed the original lawsuit, Landis will receive $1.1 million, Scott said.

"A competitor who intentionally uses illegal performing-enhancing drugs (PEDs) not only deceives fellow competitors and fans, but also sponsors, who help make sporting competitions possible".

In his statement, Peters said, "Lance is delighted to put this behind him".

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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