Justice Department joins lawsuit vs. cycling star Lance Armstrong
Washington, DC, United States (4E Sports) – Lance Armstrong’s admission that he used performance-enhancing drugs has resulted in additional troubles as the Justice Department formally expressed its intention to join the lawsuit filed by a former teammate against the disgraced cyclist.
The Justice Department already notified a federal court that it will join the lawsuit filed by Armstrong’s former Tour de France teammate Floyd Landis two years ago, according to NBC News.
In his lawsuit, Landis claimed Armstrong store and then re-inject his own blood to boost his performance. He also alleged that Armstrong gave him banned hormones twice before races.
The Justice Department said it joined the lawsuit because Armstrong defrauded the government when he claimed that he did not use illegal drugs while racing for the US Postal Service team a decade ago in the Tour de France.
The Postal Service reportedly shelled out at least $30 million to sponsor Armstrong’s racing team.
Armstrong’s attorney, Robert Luskin, said in a statement that the Postal Service had no losses deserving of compensation.
“Lance and his representatives worked constructively over these last weeks with federal lawyers to resolve this case fairly, but those talks failed because we disagree about whether the Postal Service was damaged,” Luskin said.
“The Postal’s Services own studies show that the Service benefited tremendously from its sponsorship — benefits totaling more than $100 million,” Luskin added.
Last month, Armstrong admitted in an interview with Oprah Winfrey that he used performance-enhancing drugs in each of his seven Tour de France victories.
Armstrong’s admission came after the US Anti-Doping Agency released a report, implicating him as the brains behind “the most sophisticated, professionalized and successful doping program that sport has ever seen.”
After that, Armstrong was formally stripped of his seven Tour de France titles and banned from elite competition.