Lance Armstrong refiled a federal lawsuit Tuesday against the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA), hours after the group issued lifetime bans against three of his former cycling associates.
Armstrong, a seven-time Tour de France champion, wants a federal judge to issue a temporary injunction against USADA pushing forward against him with charges he was part of a major doping conspiracy. USADA issued lifetime bans as part of the conspiracy to former U.S. Postal Service doctor Luis Garcia del Moral, Armstrong’s personal trainer and team consultant Michele Ferrari and coach “Pepe” Marti for what USADA termed “systematic doping within the team” during Armstrong’s run of Tour de France crowns from 1999 to 2005 and his comeback in 2009 and 2010.
“Permanently banning these individuals from sport is a powerful statement that protects the current and next generation of athletes from their influence, and preserves the integrity of future competition,” said USADA chief executive officer Travis T. Tygart.
This trio is part of the group of six, including Armstrong, who USADA accused in June of being part of the doping conspiracy. Another doctor, Pedro Celaya, who is presently team doctor to the RadioShack-Nissan team, and team manager Johan Bruyneel are also accused of being involved.
Bruyneel has denied any wrongdoing.
Armstrong has steadfastly denied taking performance-enhancing drugs, citing the fact he has never tested positive in a drug test.
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