Associates banned for life.
Lance Armstrong has refiled his lawsuit against the United States Anti-Doping Agency as he continued to contest charges he used drugs to help him win his record seven Tour de France titles, The Independent reports.The 40-year-old initially filed a lawsuit in a US federal court on Monday which was dismissed by a judge as being a “lengthy and bitter polemic”, designed to attract media attention and public sympathy. Armstrong and his lawyers were given 20 days to refile his suit against USADA and the body’s chief executive, Travis Tygart, which they have now done.The suit asks the US District Court in Armstrong’s hometown of Austin, Texas to find that USADA “does not have the right to charge and sanction him and strip him of his titles”.USADA has given Armstrong a deadline of Saturday to enter into arbitration to contest the charges, or accept sanctions which include removing his seven Tour titles and imposing a lifetime ban. That ban would also cover triathlon, the sport in which Armstrong now competes.If the court grants Armstrong’s request that is likely to lead to a lengthy legal battle between the cyclist and USADA.If his request is rejected, Armstrong would instead face an arbitration hearing sometime between now and November.The U.S. Anti-Doping Agency issued lifetime sports bans Tuesday to three former staff members and consultants on the cyclist’s winning Tour de France teams for drug violations. Luis Garcia del Moral was a team doctor; Michele Ferrari was a consulting doctor; and Jose “Pepe” Marti (team trainer) worked for Armstrong’s U.S. Postal Service and Discovery Channel squads. All had been accused by USADA of participating in a vast doping conspiracy on those teams during part or all of Armstrong’s seven Tour victories from 1999-2005.