Arm­strong wel­comes his chance to tes­tify

Lemond con­tin­ues to make al­le­ga­tions of dop­ing prac­tices

Austin American-Statesman - - SPORTS - By Suzanne Hal­libur­ton

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.

Lance Arm­strong

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