Former teammate Floyd Landis also given two hours to question Lance Armstrong in a pre-trial deposition

A US judge has ordered that Lance Armstrong provide three more hours of testimony under oath as part of the whistleblower case against him.

Armstrong was questioned for seven hours on July 23 and his lawyers have seeked to block the additional order, saying their client has already answered 1,600 questions about doping in that session.

District judge Christoper Cooper said in a statement that the deposition will reopen after several lines of enquiry were decided to have been unexplored in the initial questioning.

“Having reviewed the July 23 deposition transcript, the Court agrees that the Government is entitled to reopen Armstrong’s deposition,” the statement, published in USA Today, reads.

“The Government has identified several lines of inquiry that it was not able to fully explore in the first seven hours, most notably Armstrong’s own prior statements addressing allegations that he had used PEDs (performance-enhancing drugs).

“These statements — many of them unequivocal denials — are relevant to the Government’s theory that Armstrong concealed his drug use from (the U.S. Postal Service). The Government is entitled to explore whether Armstrong will seek to disavow or qualify those earlier assertions at trial.”

Armstrong’s lawyers describe the additional questioning as ‘gratuitous’, saying the government has already covered the ground it says was unexplored.

“The transcript of Armstrong’s deposition vividly demonstrates that further questioning is gratuitous,” they argued in court documents filed last week.

“Plaintiffs deposed Armstrong for over seven hours. The government asked, and Armstrong answered, over 1,600 questions, creating a transcript of 385 pages of testimony.

“Contrary to its representation, the government has already asked Armstrong about each and every one of the topics plaintiffs claim they were ‘not able to cover during (his) deposition.’”

Judge Cooper also granted Armstrong’s former teammate Floyd Landis two hours to question the Texan. Landis stands to gain a share of the compensation should the whistleblower lawsuit succeed.

Armstrong’s lawyers went on to say the government had wasted “an enormous amount of record time establishing facts Armstrong has already admitted publicly.”

The lawsuit could cost Armstrong $100m as the government set out to prove the former rider concealed his drug taking from the US Postal Service – his team’s sponsor. Armstrong says he fears financial ruin should he be found guilty.

  • Bob

    Its disgraceful that this can be allowed to happen. Landis is a tittle tattling worm with an axe to grind and as guilty as the rest but thinks he can persuade people he’s been hard done by and is now ‘doing the right thing’ when we all know its just for money. I also used to like Tyler Hamilton and thought at the time that because of the weight thrown behind his ‘believe tyler’ campaign he wouldn’t have the face for such bare faced lies but was only forced to tell the truth when he had no choice – he’s now involved with an organisation called the partnership for drug free kids and the CEO quoted him as being a ‘credible voice’ on doping – pass the sick bucket – none of these guys who duped us (and would have continued to do so) and disgraced the sport should be allowed anywhere near it, given a voice, or be allowed to profit of the back of it but instead be just forgotten and consigned to the toilet of history – amen

  • Kevino Daviessss

    Well WADA has just done a great job with Gatlin and I’ve just read they’ve done a deal with the Russian Women marathon runner who is now free to run at the World Champs this week! Another great organisation in sport which you seem to hold in high esteem! ! Ohh and the same one who hasn’t hung Salazer, Rupp etc out to dry yet despite some heavy evidence!

    Is it me, but they knew it was going on for years but did nothing about it until he LA retired! It would have had more impact if they had took him down at the top.

    By the time it’s in court most people won’t remember who LA is so I doubt it will be the one to put a stop to it all. We are being a bit nieve if We don’t believe most sports people are not fuelling one way or another.

    At the 12th hour Armstrong will do a deal and bring a lot of organisations down who knew what was going on, I have a feeling WADA , UCI and Senior people will all be implicated.

    Don’t forget he’s the one with the real power, he either sits there and takes the wrap for many others, in which he will be rewarded handsomely anyway, or he will take a lot down and sit back and watch the money come in via films, books etc!

    It will get a lot more interesting.

  • RobTM

    Well LA denied doping rather vigorously and US Postal don’t benefit from association with LA any more.

    Landis may gain a cut.. it’s only large due to the huge sums LA was able to attract through cheating, with his heart warming cover story. Financial security and honour stolen from other more naturally talented athletes.

    The good, will be if dopers will be deterred in future seeing the long term consequences, when WADA technology catches up with their samples.

  • RobTM

    A lot of people are just sick of hearing the apologists for LA.
    Giving money to charity, doesn’t permit you to steal from others.

  • RobTM

    LA’s being sued for defrauding the US federal government by cheating when riding for Postal and drawing the other team riders into a systematic cheating ring. May be LA ought to have been a lil’ bit nicer to Tyler & Flandis…

    There does not seem to be as much evidence or enemies of same scale of wrong doing in Contador’s case nor suggestion he defrauded the US government so unlikely to be a whistleblower case to answer. Hopefully he’s passing tests & bio passport through riding clean.

  • Kevino Daviessss

    There not defending! The sting in the tail may be when lance turns whistleblower! He may end up a billionaire when he takes down the UCI , major American corporate companies and individuals who have supported mal practice for many years!

    I suspect if lance gets stung he will sting back !!!!

  • Kevino Daviessss

    So what’s the end result?

    U.S. postal get compensation, when they benefitted massively from being linked with lance ? Do you believe they didn’t know?

    Landis benefits by millions!

    What does cycling gain? Nothing.

    We have the world championships on currently, many Americans competing who have had one or two bans already! Let’s not kid ourselves, nothing good will come out of this and I suspect Lance has all his money in trusts for his children so a pointless exercise!

  • Tim Taylor

    Not really sure why there are people in the comments section defending either Armstrong or Landis in any way. But let’s be clear. The fact is cycling and just about every other sport has operated under this hyper-competitive dynamic that encourages everyone to cut corners. It’s as much the system as it is the individuals. The money and fame involved is unimaginable for those who make it to the top. And, if one doesn’t make it to the top, they may end up flipping burgers at a fast food chain. This is all part of the wealth disparity issue that class-based socioeconomic control systems create. This is the reason why the American colonies fought the Revolutionary War to rid ourselves of the king’s class-based corporations and private bankers. It’s a sign of the times of the coming collapse of corporate capitalism. Just like all other state-created isms like feudalism, communism and the like that are used to control humanity. Interestingly, all of these state isms were invented in Europe.

  • Chris Martin

    So is LA being sued because of dopping or his personality or his treatment of others or his destructive methods? If it’s about dopping, as is reported, then this is a circus and many others should be in the ring. How can Cantador, who was stripped of his TDF title because of dopping, now ride free of ridicule? Because he’s a nice guy? Joke.

  • You think my post is rubbish? Goodness Vance, follow the events before posting!

  • Vance Harvey

    What a load of rubbish….I’m not into anyone’s trap; Ian… I have a brain and can think things out so don’t be patronising. I definitely don’t need you to explain things to me in some pompous way! I have noted your posts on LA for a while and they are filled with hate and revenge – not a nice way to be!

    The bottom line is that Flandis has seen a way to make a ton of money and he’s now on a mission; he’s not bothered about “having the truth come out” – he just wants money!

    Anyway…. anymore conversations from me on here about this would be a total waste of my time…. have fun!

  • Vance is falling right into an Armstrong trap. According to LA’s psychology the fact that he raised $$Mills for charity should counterbalance his cheating. Therefore he’s really OK and did nothing wrong. That’s how sociopaths see the world. They can excuse anything away. To me they are separate issues (sorry Lance). OK, great deal for the charity but bad sh&* for the bullying, cheating and lying and the people he tried to destroy. He also tried to crush Flandis (like he crushed so many others) and Flandis is out for revenge. Both liars, both cheaters …yes, I agree. They can have their day in court. Morally and legally defensible in my view. I’d be happy to tell them to their faces (if I ever saw them) to ‘F’ off and leave my sport alone. We don’t need either.

  • Eric Prot

    The lawsuit is a “whistleblowing” suit. It requires a whistleblower. A whistleblower is someone who has been involved in or has intimate firsthand knowledge of the wrongdoing, the subject of the suit.

    Whistleblowers who have been completely involved in the wrongdoing are the most useful as they know the most.

    There is little “honour among theives” and wrongdoers often fall out prompting revenge. Whistleblower suits are one means of gaining revenge and immunity from prosecution (depending on the immunity programme).

    Often wrongdoing (particularly involving deception on a grand scale) is not uncovered except for a falling out among the wrongdoers and one or more of them taking advantage of an immunity programme.

    Whether or not the incentive provided to wrongdoers to “rat” on their “partners in crime” through the granting of immunity from sanctions or through financial incentives is worth the reduction in wrongdoing caused by more effective enforcement and punishments designed to deter others is something each of us has to decide …

  • Giant Bikes Break

    Under the law a 5 year old can drink alcohol at home in the UK. Legal and morally defensible clearly aren’t the same thing.

  • Vance Harvey

    That’s the absurdity and nonsense of it all; Landis is just a parasite out to feather his own pockets.
    LA has at least helped raise $$millions for his cancer charity.

  • Flandis may indeed be a questionable character but that does not take the legitimacy away from this case. Under the law Flandis is entitled to do this, like it or not.

  • Scott Gee

    lol yes. Floyd “Fairness Fund” Landis

  • Kevino Daviessss

    2 hrs of questioning by by the pillar of society Floyd Landis! This lawsuit is a joke. If it was by riders who,hadn’t cheated I could understand. But U.S. Postal service who benefitted massively from being linked to LA and Floyd who also gained financially riding for them!

  • cahern1968

    1,600 questions in 7 hours, that is one question every 15 seconds.