WASHINGTON – Cyclist Lance Armstrong urged a federal judge Tuesday to dismiss the Justice Department’s False Claims Act lawsuit against him, arguing that that the Postal Service got its money’s worth out of its sponsorship deal and that the claims are barred by the statute of limitations.
In the filing in U.S. District Court in Washington, lawyers for Armstrong said the Postal Service, which sponsored Armstrong’s cycling team, got exactly what it bargained for, including tens of millions of dollars’ worth of publicity, exposure to more than 30 million spectators at international cycling events, and hundreds of hours of television coverage
“The government alleges that a single fact was hidden, and relies on that allegation to justify sitting on its claims for a decade: The Postal Service Cycling Team, like many other teams in the peloton, was doping,” Armstrong’s filing says. But Armstrong uses the government’s own lawsuit to argue that the Postal Service should not have been in the dark. That lawsuit says that in the weeks preceding the 2000 agreement between the Postal Service and the cyclist’s team, there were reports that French authorities had begun looking into allegations of doping by the team.