Re­port: For­mer rider LeMond sub­poe­naed by grand jury

Austin American-Statesman - - SPORTS -

NEW YORK — Three-time Tour de France cham­pion Greg LeMond has been served with a grand jury sub­poena as part of a fed­eral inves- tiga­tion of pos­si­ble fraud and dop­ing charges against Lance Arm­strong and his as­so­ci­ates, ac­cord­ing to the New York Daily News.

The news­pa­per re­ported Fri­day on its web site that a grand jury in the U.S. District Court of the Cen­tral District of Cal­i­for­nia is­sued the sub­poena, which re­quests tes­ti­mony and doc­u­ments re­lated to the four cy­cling teams Arm­strong has led — U.S. Postal Ser­vice, Dis­cov­ery Chan­nel, As­tana and Ra­dioShack.

“We are over­joyed,” LeMond’s wife, Kathy, told the Daily News in New York. “I hope the truth will come out.”

The fed­eral dop­ing in­ves­ti­ga­tion was spurred by al­le­ga­tions made by Amer­i­can cy­clist Floyd Lan­dis in a se­ries of e-mails sent to cy­cling and dop­ing of­fi­cials this spring. Lan­dis, who was stripped of his 2006 Tour ti­tle for dop­ing, said the use of banned sub­stances was com­mon on the U.S. Postal team when he rode with sev­en­time Tour win­ner Arm­strong.

Arm­strong said Wed­nes­day he had not been sub­poe­naed or con­tacted by lead in­ves­ti­ga­tor Jeff Novitzky, who un­cov­ered the BALCO dop­ing scan­dal. He re­peat­edly has de­nied any in­volve­ment in dop­ing and re­it­er­ated that po­si­tion again this week.

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