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by Mark Zalewski
July 13, 2016
In today’s CT Daily News Digest: Michael Matthews takes first career Tour de France stage win, Froome retains GC lead; Etixx-QuickStep owns Tour of Poland opener; After failed appeal, Australian women’s road cycling team for Rio finalised; Oleg Tinkov having second thoughts about quitting cycling; Contador to miss Rio Olympics after medical review, hoping to start Vuelta; Report: Contador to Trek-Segafredo in 2017; BMC’s Bookwalter ‘relieved’ to reach first rest day of Tour de France; U.S. Government calls Lance Armstrong ‘a doper, dealer, and liar’ in court motion; A look inside Team Sky’s budget; How the Week Was Won: 2016 Tour de France, Stages 6-9; Tour de France, stage 10 recap; Tour de France 2016: Batteries recharged; 11 bottles for Adam Hansen in less than 30 seconds. A new world record?; Life on the Tour: CyclingTips 2016 Tour de France Vlog, part 2; Mini-team Sky on recovery
In it’s written response to Lance Armstrong’s legal team’s motion for summary judgment in the federal whistleblower lawsuit against the former pro, the U.S. Justice Department called him, “a doper, dealer, and liar.” The 59-page document pulled no punches in arguing against the motion for summary judgment, which would preclude a trial. The government is seeking $100 million in damages under the False Claims Act on behalf of the team sponsor U.S. Postal Service.
“No sponsor who knew the truth about how Armstrong achieved his apparent Tour de France victories would have paid any amount of money to sponsor him or his team,” U.S. Justice Department attorneys wrote. “Armstrong’s motion for summary judgment should be denied in its entirety, and this Court should set a date for trial.”
Armstrong’s lawyers argued in the April motion that he had no role in the sponsorship with the team, and that it was handled by the management company Tailwind Sports. To this the government responded, “In the final analysis, Armstrong induced the USPS to pay him and his associates more than $40 million by lying about his and the team’s doping, and the USPS is now publicly and indelibly linked to one of the biggest sports scandals in history. This clearly was not what the USPS bargained or paid for.”
In addition, the defense is contending that even if there was damage from the doping scandal, that overall the USPS still received far more than its $40 million sponsorship. An expert hired by Armstrong valued this at $333 million.
Responding to this claim the government lawyers wrote, “Armstrong’s claims about the value of the benefits resulting from the sponsorship rest on a patchwork of unreliable data and half-truths, untethered to any economic or legal principle. These consequential benefits do not entitle Armstrong to any credit as a legal matter, and as a factual matter these claimed benefits are both overstated, and swamped by the negative consequential harms that occurred (and continue to occur) following the disclosure of his cheating.”
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