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Lance Armstrong provides names in written testimony

Fri., April 11, 2014, midnight

AUSTIN, Texas – Lance Armstrong has given sworn testimony naming several people he says knew about his performance-enhancing drug use, insisting he didn’t pay anyone to keep his doping secret.

The testimony came in written answers to questions in a lawsuit that was settled in late 2013. The previously undisclosed documents were filed this week as part of the federal whistle-blower lawsuit over his team’s sponsorship by the U.S. Postal Service that could lead to fines in excess of $100 million.

Armstrong said those who provided him with performance-enhancing drugs included trainer Pepi Marti, Dr. Pedro Celaya, Dr. Luis Garcia del Moral and Dr. Michele Ferrari. He also said team manager Johan Bruyneel assisted his doping. Each of them has previously denied they aided Armstrong’s doping.

Armstrong also said he believed former U.S. Postal Team financier Thomas Weisel knew of his doping, an accusation which Weisel has denied.

After years of denials, Armstrong first admitted to doping in January 2013.

His testimony is part of a lawsuit filed by Acceptance Insurance, which wanted repayment of $3 million in performance bonuses.


 

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