LeMond looks for­ward to in­ves­ti­ga­tion

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DEN­VER — Three-time Tour de France win­ner Greg LeMond says he be­lieves ev­i­dence against Lance Arm­strong in a fed­eral in­ves­ti­ga­tion will be “over­whelm­ing.”

In an in­ter­view with The Den­ver Post, LeMond said he was happy when he re­ceived the sub­poena to make a July 30 ap­pear­ance in fed­eral court in Los An­ge­les to tes­tify in an in­ves­ti­ga­tion of pos­si­ble fraud and dop­ing charges against Arm­strong and his as­so­ci­ates. “The ev­i­dence will come from the in­ves­ti­ga­tion,” LeMond told the news­pa­per, “and I be­lieve it will be over­whelm­ing.”

LeMond also said he be­lieves Floyd Lan­dis was telling the truth in his de­scrip­tions of what he claimed was Arm­strong’s sys­temic dop­ing pro­gram.

Arm­strong has de­nied al­le­ga­tions of dop­ing. On Mon­day, his at­tor­ney sent a let­ter to the fed­eral pros­e­cu­tor look­ing into the case com­plain­ing about leaks to the me­dia.

“This ap­pears to be a full­blown and largely un­mon­i­tored ex­plo­ration of Floyd Lan­dis’ patently un­re­li­able and rou­tinely chang­ing ac­cu­sa­tions of pos­si­ble im­proper con­duct in the pro­fes­sional cy­cling in­dus­try at large,” wrote Arm­strong’s at­tor­ney, Tim Her­man. A copy of the let­ter was ob­tained by The As­so­ci­ated Press.

Mean­while, Arm­strong’s long­time coach says the Dis­cov­ery Chan­nel team sold bi­cy­cles pro­vided by spon­sor Trek Bi­cy­cle Corp. af­ter the net­work ended its spon­sor­ship of the squad.

Johan Bruyneel’s com­ments came in re­sponse to a re­cent Wall Street Jour­nal re­port in which Lan­dis said money used from the sale of bikes at the U.S. Postal team, an­other of Arm­strong’s for­mer teams, was used to help fund a dop­ing pro­gram.

Bruyneel said “there’s been bikes sold,” but only af­ter The Dis­cov­ery Chan­nel had ended its con­tract with the team’s main spon­sor. Dis­cov­ery Chan­nel was the suc­ces­sor to U.S. Postal.

Bruyneel said Tues­day he had “no idea” where the money went.

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