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Lance Armstrong admits "difficult times" during Federal Investigation

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Cycling News
Published:
February 11, 2012, 13:06 GMT,
Updated:
February 11, 2012, 13:44 GMT
Edition:
First Edition Cycling News, Saturday, February 11, 2012
The beginning of the end. Lance Armstrong (RadioShack) pedals leadenly to the finish at Morzine

The beginning of the end. Lance Armstrong (RadioShack) pedals leadenly to the finish at Morzine

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Seven-time Tour de France winner clear of FDA

Seven-times Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong has told AP that he is relieved to put the US Federal investigation in the past. Armstrong said: "I'm happy. I'm glad it's behind me."

"It's not a pleasant experience ... It was difficult at times," he said. "But I was confident that we would always end up in this place."
Armstrong and the US Postal team were under Federal investigation on possible fraud charges. However last Friday the US Attorney’s office in Los Angeles closed the two-year long investigation.

"It's over," he said. "I'm moving on,” Armstrong also told AP.

During the investigation Armstrong remained confident that he would not be charged. In 2010 one of his lawyers, Brian D. Daly, condemned the federal investigation of his client and his former US Postal Service team as “un-American and a waste of taxpayers’ money."

"I don't want to get bogged down with that. I'm not concerned with that. I'm not going to worry about that," Armstrong told AP.

"I hugged my kids, hugged my girlfriend and went and opened a cold beer," Armstrong said.

WADA and USADA have both made their intentions clear that the FDA and all other US departments that were part of the closed investigation should provide any relevant evidence to USADA. Therefore, although Armstrong has put one legal battle to bed, another could potentially ensue.

"You had to consider all possibilities," he said.

 

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