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Lance Armstrong under 'active criminal investigation' by the Feds

Lance Armstrong's 'Tour de Redemption' is still a long ways away.
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In this handout photo provided by the Oprah Winfrey Network, Oprah Winfrey (R) speaks with Lance Armstrong during an interview regarding the controversy surrounding his cycling career January 14, 2013 in Austin, Texas. (George Burns/AFP/Getty Images)

Lance Armstrong's "Tour de Redemption" seems more out of reach than ever, as high level officials reported that the disgraced cyclist is still under an active criminal investigation. 

According to ABC News, despite US Attorney for Southern California Andre Birotte's office dropping their own case against him, the Feds still have an open file on Armstrong, who finally admitted to doping in a tell-all interview with Oprah Winfrey last month. 

Birotte said Tuesday that Armstrong's public admission "does not change my view at this time," Business Insider reported

However, an agent told ABC News that "Birotte does not speak for the federal government as a whole" and that "agents are actively investigating Armstrong for obstruction, witness tampering and intimidation." 

The previous investigation of Armstrong was based in L.A., and a grand jury heard evident from former teammates of the Livestrong founder as well as associates, ESPN reported. When it was terminated in February 2012, no reason was given.

Armstrong, who beat cancer to win seven Tour de France titles, has been stripped of all his awards and is banned from competition for life by the US Anti-Doping agency, who set a February 6 deadline for him to come clean on his doping or lose any option for a lighter sentence, NBC News reported

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