05292017

Banned cyclist Armstrong to face trial in November

Lance Armstrong

Armstrong’s legal team had wanted the trial postponed until 2018 because of a potential scheduling conflict

Banned cyclist Lance Armstrong’s fight against a $100m (£79m) lawsuit by the US government has been set for a trial starting in Washington on 6 November.

He is accused of fraud by cheating while riding for the publicly funded US Postal Service team.

The lawsuit was filed by Armstrong’s former team-mate Floyd Landis before being joined by the government in 2013.

Armstrong was stripped of his seven Tour de France titles and banned for life in August 2012.

The 45-year-old won the seven titles between 1999 and 2005. The US Postal Service sponsored the team between 1996 and 2004.

Armstrong admitted to using drugs in all seven of his Tour wins in January 2013 while Landis was stripped of his 2006 Tour de France title for failing a doping test.

The government wants Armstrong to pay back money the US Postal Service paid his team for sponsorship, plus triple damages.

Landis could collect up to 25% of any damages awarded.

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