Armstrong welcomes his chance to testify
Lemond continues to make allegations of doping practices
AX-3-DOMAINES, France — Lance Armstrong said Sunday he welcomes the chance to speak to a federal grand jury in Los Angeles that is looking into whether he and former teammates were using systematic doping practices.
“We’re all going to get a chance to sit in front of the authorities and speak the truth,” Armstrong said.
The seven-time Tour champion now is being hit by more comments from Greg LeMond, who spoke to two European newspapers this weekend.
“Obviously Greg made it his life’s work to attack me. My passion in life is (other things.) His work is to attack me. That’s OK. He’s obsessed with this. I wish him luck. I’m not at all — zero — worried. There’s been 10 years of attacks that have all resulted in nothing.”
Armstrong then added that LeMond should talk about how he won the 1989 Tour.
LeMond and Armstrong at one time were friends. The two had a parting of ways about 12 years ago. LeMond began insinuating Armstrong was doping in July 2001, just as Armstrong was winning his third Tour to tie LeMond for most wins by an American.
LeMond told a German newspaper that Armstrong tried to pay a friend $300,000 to entice the friend to say that LeMond used performance enhancers when he won Tours in 1986, 1989 and 1990. LeMond would not identify the friend.
LeMond told a French newspaper that Armstrong is threatening friends of Floyd Landis, who also has accused Armstrong of doping when the pair rode for U.S. Postal Service.
“When it comes to manipulating people,” LeMond said, “Armstrong is the undisputed champion.”
LeMond and Landis also had a falling out after Landis tested positive for testosterone during his 2006 Tour victory.