Prosecutors want info from Armstrong case
Federal prosecutors investigating cheating in professional cycling have subpoenaed documents from a 2004 case in which a Texas company tried to prove Lance Armstrong used performance-enhancing drugs.
Jeffrey Tillotson, the attorney who handled the case for Dallas-based SCA Promotions, said his office will send the documents to federal prosecutors in Los Angeles.
The records include depositions from former Tour de France winner Greg LeMond, ex-Armstrong teammate Frankie Andreu and his wife, and testimony from Armstrong and his business associates.
Armstrong has not received any subpoenas or official re-- quests from federal investigators, according to his attorney, Bryan D. Daly.
“Truthfully, I don’t have any idea how Lance Armstrong fits into this whole thing,” Daly said. “Lance doesn’t want to be stuck in the middle of a celebrity investigation.”
Armstrong and SCA went to arbitration after the company withheld a $5 million performance bonus it owed Armstrong for his 2004 Tour de France win.
SCA had cited published allegations Armstrong was doping.
The cyclist never has failed a drug test and has strongly denied all allegations he participated in doping.
The 2004 case ended with SCA paying Armstrong $7.5 million, covering the original contract plus attorneys fees and interest. Sean Breen, one of Armstrong’s attorneys in the SCA case, said most of the case testimony already had been leaked in recent years.
“There’s nothing in (the subpoenaed documents) that hasn’t been released or would support any contention he was doping or cheated,” Breen said.
The Federal prosecutors’ investigation was spurred by more recent accusations from Floyd Landis, Armstrong’s former teammate on the U.S. Postal team. Armstrong has denied the allegations and questioned Landis’ credibility.
Lance Armstrong won case against Dallas firm in 2004.