LeMond looks forward to investigation
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.