Doc­u­ments: Arm­strong re­sisted sub­poena

Austin American-Statesman - - C SPORTS - Wire ser­vices Lance Arm­strong tried to keep in­quiry se­cret, ac­cord­ing to court doc­u­ments.

Em­bat­tled former cy­cling great Lance Arm­strong re­sisted turn­ing over records sought by U.S. Postal Ser­vice in­ves­ti­ga­tors and then tried to keep the in­quiry un­der seal and out of the pub­lic eye, ac­cord­ing to re­cently re­leased court doc­u­ments.

In 2011, Postal Ser­vice of­fi­cials in­ves­ti­gat­ing Arm­strong and his cy­cling teams be­cause of dop­ing al­le­ga­tions sought records from his team man­age­ment groups, fi­nan­cial state­ments, train­ing jour­nals and cor­re­spon­dence with former train­ing con­sul­tant Michele Fer­rari. Arm­strong even­tu­ally com­plied with the sub­poena but as re­cently as Oc­to­ber was still ask­ing the courts to keep

the in­quiry pri­vate.

“They’ve been given ev­ery­thing they wanted and that they asked for ... months ago,” Arm­strong at­tor­ney Tim Her­man said Tues­day.

The Postal Ser­vice was Arm­strong’s main spon­sor when he won the Tour de France from 1999 to 2004. The team was spon­sored by the Dis­cov­ery Chan­nel for Arm- strong’s sev­enth Tour vic­tory in 2005. Arm­strong, an Austin res­i­dent, was stripped of those ti­tles this year.

Last week, fed­eral Mag­is­trate Judge Deb­o­rah Robin­son in Washington or­dered that the sub­poena be re­leased to the pub­lic. The judge re­jected Arm­strong’s ar­gu­ments that re­leas­ing the sub­poena would vi­o­late the se­crecy of the grand jury process or a pend­ing whis­tle-blower law­suit filed against Arm­strong by former team­mate Floyd Lan­dis.

Arm­strong was still the tar­get of a fed­eral crim­i­nal grand jury in­ves­ti­ga­tion into al­le­ga­tions of dop­ing by the Postal Ser­vice teams when the sub­poena was is­sued. That in­ves­ti­ga­tion was closed in Fe­bru­ary, and no charges were filed.

The U.S. Anti-Dop­ing Agency in­ves­ti­gated Arm­strong for dop­ing and in Au­gust or­dered him stripped of his seven Tour de France ti­tles. In Oc­to­ber, the agency re­leased a mas­sive report de­tail­ing use of per­for­mance-en­hanc­ing drugs by Arm­strong and his team­mates. The report in­cluded sworn state­ments from 11 former team­mates.

Arm­strong de­nies dop­ing and in­sists he never cheated, but he chose not to fight the USADA charges.

USADA’s stand was up­held in Oc­to­ber by the In­ter­na­tional Cy­cling Union, known by the French acro­nym UCI.

On Tues­day, Bloomberg re­ported that Arm­strong had been given three weeks to ap­peal a de­ci­sion by UCI to strip him of all the ti­tles he’s won in the past 14 years.

Arm­strong, 41, has been of­fi­cially in­formed that his re­sults dat­ing back to Aug. 1, 1998, have been nul­li­fied, the Lausanne, Switzer­land-based UCI said. Back­dated to Thurs­day, Arm­strong has three weeks to ap­peal.

The UCI de­ci­sion came af­ter USADA re­leased a sum­mary of its find­ings on Oct. 10, stat­ing that Arm­strong “en­gaged in se­rial cheat­ing” through­out his ca­reer.

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