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Landis on Armstrong case settlement: ‘I don’t care about the money’

by CyclingTips

Thursday’s announcement that a settlement had been reached between Lance Armstrong and the U.S. Department of Justice brought to an end a long-running federal lawsuit. Under the terms of the agreement, Armstrong will hand over $5 million to the government, a fraction of the up to $100 million he might have been liable for.

$1.1 million of this will go to former teammate Floyd Landis, who began the Qui Tam False Claims lawsuit back in 2010. Armstrong will also have to pay $1.65 million to cover Landis’ legal costs. The Atlantic interviewed Landis recently about the case: here’s an excerpt.

I asked Landis, before the settlement was announced, about the prospect of the whistle-blower suit making him rich again after his fall from grace, but he demurred: “I don’t care about the money. I don’t care if I get anything out of it.” Likewise, when I asked him his feelings about taking down his old antagonist, he said only, “It was never about Lance in the first place. But I had a choice to come clean or not, and if I did, it was going to be me against Lance, because he was going to fight.”

What he was really interested in talking about is what he sees as the ongoing corruption in the upper echelons of cycling. Since he blew the doors off the sport’s omertà, cycling has ostensibly cleaned up its act. But Landis believes that the speeds at which cyclists are now riding—on the same sections of European roads he raced—haven’t slowed enough for that to be true, and mounting evidence seems to point to, if not outright doping, at least gray-area techniques.

Click through to read the full story at The Atlantic.