Your Saturday Daily News Digest

by Neal Rogers

July 8, 2017

In today’s Daily News Digest: Marcel Kittel narrowly three-peats on Stage 7 of Tour de France; O’Connor solos to victory on Stage 5 of Tour of Austria, Denifl retains GC lead; Lucinda Brand takes solo win at Giro Rosa despite late-race crash; Winder take a second stage win at Tour de Feminin; Italian Claudia Cretti in critical condition with brain injury in Giro Rosa crash; MTB world champion Nino Schurter invites Peter Sagan to race off-road; Meet Philippa York: Robert Millar first high-profile cyclist to go public about gender transition; Armstrong co-defendants reach $158K settlement in federal case; Video: Heartbroken fan creates ‘Since U Sagan’; Video: Inside the Quick-Step Floors bus on Stage 6, Marcel Kittel’s second stage win; Video: Orica-Scott’s Backstage Pass, Tour de France Stage 7; Video: GoPro’s Tour de France Stage 7 highlights

Armstrong co-defendants reach $158K settlement in federal case

by Neal Rogers

Lance Armstrong’s longtime agent Bill Stapleton and business partner Bart Knaggs have agreed to pay $158,000 to get out of a $100 million federal lawsuit scheduled to go to trial against Armstrong in November, USA Today reported.

U.S. District Judge Christopher Cooper signed off on the settlement Wednesday. The agreement was part of a deal with former U.S. Postal Service rider Floyd Landis, who sued Stapleton, Knaggs, and Armstrong on behalf of the U.S. government in 2010. Stapleton and Knaggs owned Capital Sports & Entertainment and were accused by Landis of conspiring with Armstrong to have false claims submitted to the Postal Service for payment.

In exchange for being dismissed from the case, Stapleton, Knaggs and their company, Capital Sports & Entertainment, will pay $68,000 to the federal government and $90,000 to the law firm of Scott. Their dismissal clears the deck for Landis and the federal government to go after Armstrong alone in the upcoming trial in Washington, D.C.

Landis filed a civil fraud complaint against Armstrong, Stapleton and Knaggs in federal court, accusing them of ripping off the U.S. Postal Service as part of a sponsorship deal with Armstrong’s cycling team. The federal government joined Landis’ case in 2013 and is working with him as a government whistleblower against Armstrong. Under the False Claims Act, Armstrong could be on the hook for triple the $32.3 million paid by the Postal Service to sponsor his team from 2000 to 2004 — nearly $100 million.

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