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by Shane Stokes
June 21, 2017
In today’s Daily News Digest: France’s Lappartient declares he will run against Cookson in UCI presidential election; Cookson questions Lappartient’s vision, says Frenchman hasn’t provided a detailed plan; Lance Armstrong wants Andreu and LeMond, USADA report and more excluded from fraud trial; Cummings to return to racing in British championships; How the UCI president gets elected; Jesse Anthony details battle against mononucleosis; Peter Sagan to become a father; Bahrain Merida review of 2017 Giro; Cycling Motivation 2017 – The Classics
Floyd Landis and Lance Armstrong at the 2002 G.P. Karlsruhe.
With the November start date for the $100 million lawsuit facing Lance Armstrong now looming, his attorneys have pushed to exclude a number of important witnesses as well as other information previously available on the Texan.
In new court filings, those attorneys have give judge Christopher Cooper their arguments why they believe these people and that information should not be admitted in the civil fraud case. Amongst those they are seeking to block is triple Tour de France winner Greg LeMond and Betsy Andreu, wife of former Armstrong teammate Frankie Andreu. Both have been longtime critics of the rider, who was stripped of his seven Tour de France titles in 2012 and handed a lifetime ban.
The attorneys are also seeking to exclude the USADA report, a lengthy investigation into Armstrong’s former US Postal Service team, claiming that it is inadmissible hearsay. They also want details of a 2014 drunk driving accident to be blocked, along with details about other aspects of his past.
“All other attacks on Armstrong’s character that have surfaced during discovery, including but not limited to his personal relationships with women, whether or not he used PEDs during his comeback in 2009 and 2010 (Armstrong insists he didn’t), responses to the USADA’s investigation and ultimate ban of Armstrong, and his encounter with cyclist Tyler Hamilton in 2011 at the Aspen Restaurant Cache Cache, should be excluded,” Armstrong’s attorney wrote. “This case is about alleged false claims submitted to the USPS between 2000 and 2004. The Court should limit the evidence about Armstrong to what is relevant to those claims and not permit the trial to become a referendum on unrelated behaviour.”
The attorneys have questioned Andreu’s character and questioned if either she or LeMond have any pertinent information to provide about the 1997-2004 period of sponsorship of Armstrong’s team by the US Postal Service company.
Click through to read more at USA Today.