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De Gendt best in Vuelta, Ewan in Britain, Koster in Belgium: Your Daily News Digest

by Shane Stokes

September 9, 2017

De Gendt wins stage 19 of the Vuelta a España; Ewan wins stage 6 of the Tour of Britain; In a big shake-up, Anouska Koster takes final stage win and overall in Lotto Belgium Tour; Contador: The podium is really far away; Armstrong’s trial delayed until 2018; Bike Channel UK confirms closure after failing to find a buyer; Race to the Rock: Hammond leads but Carlsson on the charge; Video: Stage 17 & 18 backstage pass, Vuelta a España; Video: Cycling Motivation – Greatness; Video: Warren Barguil – Emotions; Video: My Red Hook Crit Barcelona 2017 Disaster

Armstrong’s trial delayed until 2018

by Shane Stokes


Lance Armstrong has succeed in having the $100 million civil fraud trial against him delayed until May 2018, with a Federal judge agreeing on Friday to postpone it. The Texan had requested the delay last week, telling the judge that one of his attorneys John Keker would be unable to participate in the November 6 date due to a scheduling conflict.

“I am confident I am not liable under any theory articulated by plaintiffs and hope that this matter can be tried as soon as possible,” Armstrong wrote in a signed declaration in Austin, Texas, last week. “But plaintiffs’ allegations are serious, and I want the counsel of my choice representing me at trial. That is Mr. Keker and Mr. [Elliot] Peters together.”

Keker had asked for a 2018 trial date back in February of this year due to a possible scheduling conflict. However the government opposed it then and the judge set the November date. This time around, the government did not object, thus leading to U.S. District Judge Christopher Cooper granting the request.

Armstrong faces a penalty of up to $100 million if he loses the Qui Tam case, taken jointly by the US government and former teammate Floyd Landis. The government is claiming that Armstrong and his team defrauded then-team sponsor US Postal Service by using banned substances, contrary to the terms of the sponsorship deal.

Armstrong was handed a lifetime ban in 2012 and lost his seven Tour de France titles.

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