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Cycling: Armstrong seeks dismissal of fraud case

Disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong asked a federal judge to dismiss the US government's fraud case against him in a hearing Monday, claiming prosecutors missed statute of limitations deadlines to file. US District Judge Robert Wilkins was expected to make a ruling within 30 days on the matter but was not expected to toss out the case, in which the US Department of Justice says Armstrong made false claims while accepting $40 million in sponsorship money from the US Postal Service from 1998-2004.

Former UCI boss could be called before doping inquiry

PARIS (Reuters) - Former International Cycling Union (UCI) president Hein Verbruggen could be summoned before an independent anti-doping commission after Lance Armstrong accused him of helping him to cheat in 1999. Disgraced cyclist Armstrong, stripped of his seven Tour de France titles for doping, alleged in an interview with the Daily Mail on Monday that Verbruggen had helped him to backdate a prescription. Verbruggen, an honorary member of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), has denied wrongdoing.

Cycling: UCI could call ex boss to doping inquiry after latest Armstrong claims

Former International Cycling Union (UCI) president Hein Verbruggen could be called before the independent commission investigating historical doping allegations, the global governing body's current chief said Monday. Disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong, who was banned for life last year for doping offences, accused Verbruggen of being involved in a cover up over a positive test for a steroid in 1999, the year he won his first of seven Tours de France -- now all stripped from the American.

Inquiry can help to restore image - UCI chief

By Mark Gleeson JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - Cycling has a difficult process of soul-searching to get through if it is to restore its reputation after years of doping scandals, new International Cycling Union (UCI) president Brian Cookson said on Thursday. "Let's get all of the allegations out, find out more of the history, let's find out who was involved, what were the procedures, how did people manage to avoid tests for so long and yet be still using such serious substances and procedures," Cookson told Reuters in an interview.

Inquiry can help to restore image - UCI chief

By Mark Gleeson JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - Cycling has a difficult process of soul-searching to get through if it is to restore its reputation after years of doping scandals, new International Cycling Union (UCI) president Brian Cookson said on Thursday. "Let's get all of the allegations out, find out more of the history, let's find out who was involved, what were the procedures, how did people manage to avoid tests for so long and yet be still using such serious substances and procedures," Cookson told Reuters in an interview.

Armstrong's urge to tell all is 'a little late' - USADA

By Mark Gleeson JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - Lance Armstrong's promise to come clean about doping is "a little late", the head of the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) said on Thursday, accusing the disgraced cyclist of trying to use events to "gain advantage". Travis Tygart said Armstrong had been pushed into saying he would co-operate with a new inquiry into doping in cycling because of legal proceedings in the U.S.

Cycling: Armstrong ban reduction talk 'premature'

Any discussion on a reduction of fallen cycling star Lance Armstrong's lifetime ban is "premature" and "speculative" until he offers information about doping, the US Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) chief told AFP Wednesday. "Technically it's a possibility for him to receive a reduction," USADA CEO Travis Tygart said on the sidelines of the World Conference on Doping in Sport. But suggestions that Armstrong's 2012 lifetime ban from competitive sport can be lifted were "premature" and "speculative", said Tygart.

Cycling: Truth commission 'early in the new year'

International cycling's "truth and reconciliation commission" after the Lance Armstrong doping scandal should be up and running early next year, the world cycling boss told AFP Wednesday. "I'm hoping to make an announcement in a couple of weeks and I'm hoping that the whole thing will be up and running early in the new year," said Brian Cookson, the new president of the International Cycling Union (UCI).

Cycling: Truth commission 'early in the new year'

International cycling's "truth and reconciliation commission" after the Lance Armstrong doping scandal should be up and running early next year, the world cycling boss told AFP Wednesday. "I'm hoping to make an announcement in a couple of weeks and I'm hoping that the whole thing will be up and running early in the new year," said Brian Cookson, the new president of the International Cycling Union (UCI).

Only a "miracle" would reopen Armstrong case, says Fahey

(Reuters) - Disgraced Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong would need "something close to a miracle" to get his lifetime ban from cycling re-examined, World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) president John Fahey said on Tuesday. "As far as I'm concerned, it's done and dusted," Fahey, speaking on the opening day of the World Conference on Doping in Sport in Johannesburg, said of the Armstrong case. "It would take something close to a miracle to see it go forward in his case."
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