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by Mark Zalewski
February 23, 2017
In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Sunderland wins Tour de Langkawi opener; Geniez wins second stage at Tour de la Provence, Dennis in lead; Nocentini wins Volta ao Alentejo, stage 1; UK Sport accuses British Cycling of lack of transparency; Armstrong responds to lawsuit setback; ORICA-Scott reveal Grand Tour strategy; Nationale Sluitingsprijs race gets new life; CyclingTips Podcast, Episode 27: What lurks beneath carbon fiber’s mysterious surface?; Look recalls some Aerostem clamps; Witnesses allege drunk driver who killed cyclist lied to get lighter sentence; Female cyclist gets revenge on harassing driver; Highlights from Cali Track World Cup; Video: Lotto-Soudal pit stop; Video: Dog vs. peloton; Yowamushi Pedals movie.
In his most recent podcast Lance Armstrong addressed the recent decision by the U.S. District Court judge to proceed with a jury trial for the federal whistleblower lawsuit against him and the team’s management company, Tailwind Sports.
“First of all, we believe in this case from our perspective,” Armstrong said. “We believe the Postal Service greatly benefitted. While the situation certainly is not perfect, I’ll be the first to admit that, we do not believe that they can go back and undo all the good that was done all of those years ago.”
The Justice Department is suing under the Federal False Claims act that the United States Postal Service was defrauded by Armstrong and Tailwind. Armstrong’s lawyers argue that the USPS not only received the return on their $32 million investment, but actually benefited beyond it.
“I think the most important thing I want to say to y’all and to anybody who works for the Postal Service, is that I absolutely loved representing your company. I loved wearing that jersey, I loved riding around Europe, riding down the Champs Elysees, hearing our national anthem with that jersey on. It could have been any other team. It could have been a foreign team. It could have been another American team. But it was a real pleasure to represent that organisation, and I think we did great things.
“So, while I know many out there feel as if I need to be punished, severely, which is fine and your opinion, I understand that. My life hasn’t been without punishment. Some of it has been public, some of it not, but there’s been many other cases that have to be resolved, that have certainly changed the look and feel of our life, I mean myself and my family. On this one, we believe the law and the merit is on our side, so we will see it through. If you’re supportive, then thank you. If you’re not, then just know this: I get it. I understand. That’s fair.”
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