Lance's lawyer: Stop leaks

2010-07-20 08:59

Texas - Lance Armstrong's attorney sent a letter to the federal prosecutor investigating the seven-time Tour de France winner and his associates for possible fraud and doping violations, complaining about leaks to the media.

Monday's letter from Tim Herman to Assistant US Attorney Douglas Miller in Los Angeles says it's "especially unfair to subject Mr. Armstrong to this continuing media blitz when he is in the middle of his final Tour de France."

A copy of the letter was obtained by The Associated Press.

The letter also said Armstrong's attorneys talked to Miller about the leaks less than two weeks ago and are "extremely frustrated that these leaks have intensified."

An e-mail message left for Miller was not immediately returned on Monday.

Armstrong has denied allegations of doping.

The investigation was spurred by accusations from Floyd Landis, one of Armstrong's former teammates on the US Postal team, in a series of e-mails sent to cycling and doping officials this spring.

Landis, who was stripped of his 2006 Tour title for doping, said the use of banned substances was common on the team. Armstrong has denied those allegations and has questioned Landis' credibility.

The New York Times reported that authorities have issued grand jury subpoenas. According to the New York Daily News, one of those went to American cyclist Greg LeMond, a three-time Tour winner who has feuded with Armstrong for several years.

"This appears to be a full-blown and largely unmonitored exploration of Floyd Landis' patently unreliable and routinely changing accusations of possible improper conduct in the professional cycling industry at large," Herman wrote.

"In fact, the 'investigation' has recently erupted into a forum for disgruntled Lance haters to bash Armstrong and try to settle old scores."

The letter notes that after seeing some of the leaks in the media, Herman requested a meeting with Miller but that the prosecutor refused to discuss investigation theories or general topics.

"It is egregiously unfair and frustrating for New York reporters to have far more knowledge about this matter than Mr. Armstrong or his attorney," Herman wrote.

Armstrong was in 31st place on Monday in what he has said will be his last Tour de France, 40 minutes, 31 seconds behind leader Alberto Contador of Spain.


  • W Wallace - 2010-07-20 09:39

    I do not think it is humanly possible for anyone to do the Tour de France, at the pace the guys are riding, without taking illigal substances... I believe for every dollar spent on developing new tests for illigal substances, ten dollars are spent on doing the doping without getting detected... It's a joke...

  • DC - 2010-07-20 09:52

    I am just glad that nobody has tested positive so far this year, but as Wallace said, we would never no cos maybe the steroid is just not tracable as yet. But it is strange that Landis was caught, but Lance was not. If what Landis is saying is true, then lance should have been positive as well becos landis says they were taking steroids together, so i think it is bull, but we would never no

  • Marilize - 2010-07-20 10:03

    @W Wallace....Agree 100%!

  • Joeman - 2010-07-20 10:09

    Armstrong is on a sightseeing ride.. In the of Bruneel he was saving nergy for a stage victory..oh my god he was dropped like a wet feather. He is/was a smart doper.period and in the words of greg le mond a bullyboy

  • Eric - 2010-07-20 10:25

    I do not defend Armstrong but why is cycling so much under the spot light? And where do you draw the line between drugs and suppliments? I am a cyclist myself and I will tell you, you can not be at your best without taking suppliments of some sort. Technology surrounding suppliments has improved so much that some increases your VO2 max, others supports higher performance by allowing you to work longer when your reach your lactic threshold, others make you recover much faster from high intensity workouts. Doesn't those benefits account for performance enhancements? Where do we draw the line? Would they ban Centrum or Vital products from the Tour de France? Why dont they investigate other sports as they do with Cycling...

  • Free wheel - 2010-07-20 10:36

    I would not trust a pro cyclist as far as I could dope them, I mean throw them Everyone in the sport is pointing fingers at Lance, what is the motivation? I liked Greg LeMond's assessment.

  • fellow cyclist - 2010-07-20 10:55

    @Eric. Well said - I fully agree with your sentiments regarding supplementation. Wasn't the ban on caffeine lifted for athletes just a few years back? For the rest of the comments..may I suggest you try cycling yourself before uttering speculative comments about the sport?

  • DoctaPhill - 2010-07-20 13:51

    Sorry for "Eric" and his "Fellow Cyclist" friend, but the reason Cycling is "more" in the Spotlight than some other sports at the moment, is that wrongly but more probably rightly, it is perceived "more" as a sport of Dope Cheats than others. Notice I only said "some". To the man in the street it doesn't seem reasonable that a fellow Human Being or even a Pro Athlete, can ride the Cape Argus or say the JHB 94.7 cycle tours everyday for a month, without some sort of artificial aid. It is a bit like the "Gay" WWE Wrestling, very pretty, with lots of fire works and shiny lights, smoke and mirrors, but no one really believes it is a real sport. I hear what you say about the thin line between supplements and doping, but when some of these professional sportsmen and women today (with knowledge and help from their managers and coaches), take highly sophisticated, hard to detect, artificially manufactured steroids and inject them in their eye - they know they are cheating. On a personal note however, many years ago I vowed never to watch "the Tour De Farce" (please excuse the long-in-the-tooth Cliche), but while at a restaurant, with the TV on and the sound off over the weekend, I found myself mesmerized by the spectacle. Not by the Cycling, I couldn't give a frig about that, but by the shear awesomeness of the countryside. My God, I think France must be the second most beautiful country in the World, after South Africa! I think I might like to do the same Cycle Tour myself some time - only this time on a Motor-cycle with a few recreational, psychedelic drugs in hand, just in case, to enhance the experience you know, or NOT. But no wonder then, drugs or no, Lance Armstrong is on a sight seeing "Trip", again.

  • W Wallace @ DoctaPhill - 2010-07-21 14:10

    100% with you brother! :-)

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