Your Friday Daily News Digest

by Mark Zalewski

February 24, 2017

In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Cavendish takes first 2017 win at Abu Dhabi Tour; McCabe wins second stage of Tour de Langkawi, Gibbons into lead; Dennis wins Tour de La Provence as Mattia Cattaneo takes final stage; Ariesen wins second stage of Volta ao Alentejo; Cycling Australia poaches Sky’s Simon Jones to head high performance; Van Avermaet heads into Spring Classics with confidence of an Olympic champion; Owain Doull claims disc rotor sliced his shoe in sprint crash on Abu Dhabi stage; Women’s Amstel Gold Race will use traditional Cauberg finish; Belgians Boonen, Vanmarcke ready to start Classics season at Omloop Het Nieuwsblad, Kuurne-Bruxelles-Kuurne; Baloise Belgium Tour announces 2017 route; Laura Kenny awarded 2016 FT Bidlake Memorial Prize; Trial date set for Armstrong federal whistleblower case; Highlights: Abu Dhabi Tour, stage 1; Highlights: Volta ao Alentejo, stage 1.

Trial date set for Armstrong federal whistleblower case

by CyclingTips

A trial date for November has been set by the judge in the federal whistleblower case against Lance Armstrong and the management company of the United States Postal Service team. Justice Department lawyers sought for the November date while Armstrong’s attorney, John Keker, had requested a date in early 2018 to avoid a conflict with a different case.

“The United States opposes Armstrong’s attempt to delay trial in this matter until nearly a year from now,” government attorneys told the court.

“At present, Mr. Keker does not have a conflict that would prevent him from participating in a mid-November trial, and it is entirely possible that no such conflict will develop. The United States believes that the better course is to schedule trial for November, as the Court previously indicated.”

This comes after judge Christopher Cooper denied a motion filed by Lance Armstrong’s legal team seeking to negate any damages suffered by former team sponsor U.S. Postal Service, sending the False Claims Act (FCA) lawsuit may now proceed to a jury trial.

The False Claims Act, a civil statute, authorizes the United States — and whistleblowers suing on its behalf — to seek civil penalties plus treble damages for a violation of the FCA, Armstrong and former team management Tailwind Sports could be liable for nearly $100 million. Floyd Landis, the whistleblower in the case, would receive a portion of any damages.

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