Setback for Armstrong lawsuit
Seven-time Tour de France winner to make fresh challenge
Last Updated: July 10, 2012 6:38am
Lance Armstrong: Suffered legal setback
A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit filed by seven-time Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong against the US Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) but said that he can refile it within 20 days.
US District Judge Sam Sparks criticised Armstrong's lawyers for the 80-page filing in tossing it out, saying it smacked of a public relations move rather than a challenge to the body that imposes doping sanctions on US athletes.
But Sparks also said he was not ruling on the merits of the lawsuit and said that the US cycling legend was welcome to once again present it.
Armstrong hoped to prevent USADA from pressing on with doping charges against him. Armstrong has until Saturday to challenge USADA's charges through a hearing with a three-member arbitration panel or accept sanctions.
Instead, Armstrong hoped to turn the entire system on its head, challenging USADA's jurisdiction in his case and the legitimacy of its rules.
Armstrong, who won the Tour de France from 1999 through 2006 and has since retired from cycling, could be stripped of his Tour de France triumphs and banned from the sport for life if convicted.