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Lance Armstrong Investigated for Performance-Enhancing Drug Use

A recent article in TIME magazine looks into the current investigation into allegations that Lance Armstrong used illegal performance-enhancing drugs and practices while a cyclist on the United States Postal Service Team. The seven-time Tour de France winner was accused of doping during his time on the team by fellow former team member and disgraced professional cyclist Floyd Landis. 

According to the Los Angeles Times, Armstrong has recently hired a criminal defense attorney to represent him during the federal investigation into the doping allegations. Jeff Novitzky, a former Internal Revenue Service special agent who has led the drug crime investigations into many high-profile athletes, including track star Marion Jones (who went to jail after pleading guilty to making false statements to Novitsky about her performance-enhancing drug use) and baseball star Barry Bonds.

Novitzky is now an investigator with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and is looking into Floyd Landis' doping accusations. Landis was stripped of his 2006 Tour de France title and after trying to prove that he was innocent, finally gave up and admitted his guilt, while also seemingly trying to bring down others with him. Landis sent e-mails with his accusations to government investigators. 

Another teammate of the two riders, three-time Tour de France winner Greg Lemond, has for years accused Armstrong of using performance-enhancing drugs, and he has been subpoenaed to testify in the investigation. Armstrong says that Lemond has a "chip on his shoulder" and that Landis is a proven liar. Armstrong, who has always denied taking drugs, has never failed a drug test, which might make any drug charges against him difficult to prove. 


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