Lance Armstrong's lawyers want those who testified against him in his doping case to appear in court as he fights $100m whistleblower lawsuit

Lance Armstrong said that he wants to “try and make it right”, but is sending subpoenas to those who testified he doped to win seven Tour de France titles.

As part of his defence in a $95.7m (£63.2m) US Government whistleblower lawsuit, Armstrong has been sending out subpoenas to those that helped bring him down. The subpoenas demand testimonies, documents and sworn statements that were used against Armstrong in the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and US Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) cases.

Former team-mate Frankie Andreu received one and others are reportedly next.

“This shows that Armstrong will stop at nothing to continue the Armstrong lie,” Andreu’s wife, Betsy Andreu told the New York Daily News.

“This is nothing more than payback. It’s to be burdensome and to hassle us. But you know what, in the end, it’s just stupid.”

According to the article, Armstrong’s lawyers are trying to determine how the FDA’s Jeff Novitzky unearthed the evidence against their client. If they can prove he obtained them illegally, they can ask that it is thrown out of the Justice Department whistleblower case.

Under the False Claims Act, a whistleblower lawsuit allows citizens to sue on the behalf of the government. Penalties can reach three-times the amount defrauded, or nearly $100m in Armstrong’s case.

The US Postal Service sponsored the Texan’s team from 1996 to 2004. Based on the USADA case files from 2012 – which saw Armstrong banned and stripped of his seven Tour titles – he and senior team members cheated the government and its tax payers.

USPS gave $31.9m to the team from 2001 to 2004, according to an ESPN article in 2012, which opens Armstrong and his co-defendants up to $95.7m (£61.2m)

Armstrong’s former right-hand man, Floyd Landis kicked off the suit. He rode with Armstrong from 2002 to 2004 and won the 2006 Tour with team Phonak. Officials stripped that win after he failed a testosterone test days later.

When Armstrong turned his back on Landis, Landis turned on his former leader. He spoke with Novitzky in the initial FDA case and filed the whistleblower lawsuit on behalf of the US Government in 2010.

His co-defendants, agent Bill Stapleton and business partner Barton Knaggs, reportedly agreed in December 2014 to settle and pay the US Justice Department $500,000 and Floyd Landis’ attorney $100,000.

Armstrong continues to fight, however. He told the BBC that he “would try to make it right” to those he wronged, but his subpoenas appear as revenge.

  • Chris

    In that case I despair for you personally. Your mastery of the English Language surpasses all.

  • Bob Smith

    I’m not supporting Lance, you fool!!!!

  • Chris

    Thank you for your thought provoking and educated answer. It clearly shows the mentality of your average Armstrong supporter.

  • John Rocker

    Just 90 plus percent were doping, Yeah, let’s be accurate!

  • Crispy Crunchy

    “USPS gave $31.9m to the team from 2001 to 2004, according to an ESPN article in 2012, which opens Armstrong and his co-defendants up to $95.7m”

    So, the Postal Service has that kind of money to blow on a bike race, but yet, they keep whining about how they don’t have enough money to operate? It’s not as if they need their name out in the spotlight, we kinda know who the Post office is and what they do.

  • milton

    I agree with most of your comments and applaud you for posting them as you will no doubt be castigated by the oh so good fans of USADA and the little corporal Travis.I would take issue with the view that everyone was on the sauce ,I would say a small number were not but i think to few to mention . Armstrong did boost interest in the sport worldwide and must be given credit for that.The witch hunter general T T would not agree with that , but what has he ever achieved in his life even with his unearned power? Doping is unfair , but so is the singling out of one man and the glossing over of the offences committed by the many others . At the end of the day it has made me view L A in a new light .

  • Steve D’Amico

    Well Put!! My only issue with him was the bullying.

  • Mel

    Very.. Very well said.

  • mac

    I know what EPO is, and we are talking about doping here, not “a healthier supply of oxygen”. EPO doping, like blood doping, is anything but healthy.

  • Chris

    You are as clever with your words as Armstrong, it’s like market research. Show me where they say clinical or drugs research!

  • Bob Smith

    what a C U N T !!!!

  • JCJ Bike

    It’s not like she said it once in a “defense of her husband” and then she went away. She has been shoving herself in front of every camera, microphone, and reporter who will listen constantly lying about what happened.

  • ljblas

    Unfortunately Kyle, it’s you who’s talking the “ballshit”. Everyone was certainly not doping at the time, your comment is crass and lazy to say the least. Google Bassons or Simeoni and you’ll see the problem.

  • mac

    Who gives a @@@ about America? This is UK website on cycling. What someone does with hormones has nothing to do with cycling. As does the “advocate for fighting cancer” rubbish.

    And as for “somethat appears to have survived his odds against cancer”: what has that got to do with anything? Are you suggesting EPO, blood doping etc. are compatible with a healthy lifestyle? Or what?

  • Wade Yoder

    Weird that you would say that about someone that seems to have survived his odds against cancer? We have hormone loaded meats that have adults and children alike on hormones, but we worry about discrediting an athlete “who happens to be an advocate for fighting cancer?” Is it more important then America on hormones through mass food production? But then we don’t hear much about that, do we?

  • mac

    Taking EPO and God knows what, and encouraging others to do the same is not “helping people lead healthiet lives”. Are you aware that blood transfusions (even when medically indicated) often have serious long term side-effects, including an increased probability of cancer later in life?

  • Wade Yoder

    1. Unless you are a part of helping people understand the origins of chronic disease and the value of education, you would probably be ignorant as of the livestrong Foundation and the value of educating the public on going after the cause instead of treating the symptoms. 2. He has probably helped more people in leading healthier lives then any other athlete you know and the last time I checked it still “helps prevent cancer 3. and unless you’ve had your head under a rock, you would see what a lot of agencies such as USADA do to help create leverage for the ones “they actually work for.”

  • Jtrocks

    Correct. Andreau was a pro 3 years before Lance and 4 years older. His wife’s fable of him being bullied into doping by Lance is fiction.

  • JCJ Bike

    It’s amazing the media even calls her for a quote. She didn’t race… She’s the guys wife. If he isn’t outraged, then she should shut her mouth. She was a U of Michigan grad who started having kids early and now wants her 15 minutes of fame as long as she can hold on to it. If the Muncie Star intern called her for a quote, she would give him an hour interview and make herself available for more if he wanted it.
    Frankie taught hincapie and others how to dope. He was turning 35 when his contract with USPS was up and he finished 111th out of 125 who finished that last tour. He wasn’t a hot commodity for any race team yet they (she) made it sound like Lance made it impossible for frankie to get on with another team.
    What she doesn’t say is that Lance employed frankie for the next two years as the assistant team director which was a nice set up for life after racing.
    Eventually, the full story will be told and while Lance won’t become a saint, people will realize he wasn’t satan either.

  • mac

    What is more embarrassing is that you equate “providing financial resources” to organisations that do “cancer survivorship research” with giving “500 million dollars towards vital cancer research”. Especially when you actually quote a statement that 84% of all the money went on “programs and services for survivors”.

  • Jacques sophie

    Who do something for free in life. …come on don’t be hypocrit. …every single person run after money

  • Jacques sophie

    Why there is no winner after they take lance armstrong title 7 years win off . Because every single one who was in the top place after him was dop too . I’m I right …..please have you ever think if there was no money in the race there will be no cheater. ..

  • Ben DeViney

    Here is a quote from livestrong, which is supported by financial statements:

    “We have provided financial resources to more than 550 organizations that conduct cancer survivorship research or offer services to people affected by cancer, and 84 cents of every dollar raised has gone directly to support our programs and services for survivors.”

    Notice the “Cancer survivorship research”

    It is extremely ignorant and rather embarrassing that you claim $0 have been contributed to cancer research.

  • mac

    Of course I can deny it, because it’s nonsense. So who got 500 m USD?

  • mac

    America is irrelevant. It is a cycling backwater. The rest of the world has no interest in it.

  • Patrick O’Rielley

    Whaaaaaa? The USPS is not a government agency, as we have been told over and over again for these last 25 years, which is why they were able to sponsor the team after Berry Floor submitted (a little strong arming there). And that is why our postal rates keep going up. Strange, how it’s convenient to be a non Govt Agency for the sake of pay raises and retirement programs….

  • Geoff Morgan

    Lance Armstrong is a cur and a charlatan, make no mistake about it. To mitigate some of his unethical, harmful practices, the entire bicycling sport was drug ravaged, dirty, and corrupt during his heyday.
    Unfortunately, Jeff Novitzky is the true definition of a scum bag. He is a hyper-ambitious unprincipled jerk, who channeled his personal failures as a wannabe sports champion into a campaign to destroy any professional sport where he could find doping. He partially failed in his attempts to “get” major league baseball, in part because others got there first, upstaging him. He changed government agencies to advance his attack and found an easy target of opportunity in bicycling. Novitzky created his own personal public relations trumpet when he transferred to the FDA.
    The resulting donnybrook is just plain disgusting. There are no “good guys” in this mess, just miscreants on parade.

  • Kyle McHattie

    Bullshit. Everyone was doping at that time. That’s why they can’t give Lance’s titles to anyone else, because they know damn well that every last one of them was doping. Yes cycling was popular in Europe, but not so much in the USA. Lance Armstrong single-handedly raised the popularity of cycling in the rest of the world. He won all of those titles regardless of the bullshit hypocrisy of the USADA’s witch hunt. He was competing on a level playing field and won. period.

  • Joe

    The Live Strong foundation has contributed $0 to cancer research. The vast majority of the money is for cancer awareness. Also it is inconceivable that Armstrong did not use PEDs during his comeback in fact that is part of USADA’s reasoned decision. People like him should be punished if for nothing else than a deterrent to others.

  • Ben DeViney

    Regardless of whether or not the entire $500 million went directly towards cancer funding, you cannot deny the increase in exposure to the problem that is cancer. And yes, it has been popular in Europe… but Lance’s success triggered a huge increase in popularity in the states.

  • Bob Arsenault

    Good for him. They skate virtually free, while he’s serving a life sentence…I say go for it. Kick a** Lance. About time you go on the offensive.

  • Wow! Lots of pro-Armstrong quotes posted. He’s the man who more than anybody else has damaged the sport, who has held back the careers of those who didn’t cheat and who has bullied and intimidated others just to get his own way. And he’s doing it again – having been found out and disgraced he’s now using his method of attrition and financial power to try to ease his legacy.

    And his work with Livestrong has NOTHING at all to do with the fact that he’s devious and manipulative. Any gangster can support a charity…. in the UK the Krays supported the victims of a disaster, and in the US Al Capone supported soup kitchens for the homeless and poor… that doesn’t make them heroes.

    Heroes from his legacy are Greg LeMond and Betsy Andreu: both have maintained total dignity and been truthful. Heaven knows the way that Betsy’s life has been transformed because of his deceit, but the nastiness she faced would have been so stressful for anybody. And Greg LeMond lost out business-wise when Trek abandoned his marque – due to his criticism of the mega cheat.

    Armstrong will always be remembered as the big cheat and bully. Rehabilitation shouldn’t be on his horizon – he should try to move on and allow the sport to progress without the shadow of his presence and should try to rebuild an honest life for himself.

  • mac

    And who received the 500 million exactly?

    Cycling has always been popular in Europe. Armstrong had nothing to do with that. Not everyone was cheating. And to claim that catching a cheat tarnished anything is utterly ridiculous.

  • michael

    Betsy the ruler… It made me cringe watching Frankie cower to her every whim. He is pathetic… she should have ridden for US Postal instead of Frankie. She had the peanuts in the family.

  • michael

    please… show me where Landis did some probono work? Landis begged for money from the public to fight his case knowing he was a cheat.

  • Ben DeViney

    Those contributions include 500 Million dollars towards vital cancer research. Also, the popularity of cycling (even the tour de france) during the lance armstrong era increased exponentially. The USADA’s persistence to catch someone cheating 10 years after the fact (in an era when everyone cheated) basically tarnished cycling for what will probably be a long time.

  • Triman666

    What do people think would happen? When you are talking about millions of dollars then everyone should expect a fight. Armstrong has every right to question his accusers. It is called the American Justice System. Regardless of the one takes in this argument we need to allow all party’s their due process. Personally I think the entire peloton is dirty and has been since enhancement drugs were developed. All individual athletes face the question of how they acquired their exceptional skills, Body builders, runners, Barry Bonds and Baseball, football players, etc… the list could be endless. The margin of victory tells the story, Lance didn’t “Blow the field away” by minutes every day over 2500 miles of racing but he won by under a min. What does that tell you about the rest of the peloton? It screams of some kind of enhancement. Let them fight it out in court and air their dirty laundry, it is Lances right.

  • cahern1968

    Lance has every right to defend himself, but now it would seem that he is going down the route of portraying himself as the victim in all of this, with help from Pat McQuaid and others. The ban and results loss he can live with, but in this case he could lose all his money. As I commented yesterday if there were a financial penalty for doping cases there would be a big stick to put people off of doping.

  • JCJ Bike

    Yep… Because there is a lot more to this story than what’s out today. Remember, Betsy andreau’s husband doped before he worked for lance and it sounded like he taught others how to dope, if you believe what was written in hincapies book. Hardly supports her narrative that her husband (and she) are innocent people forced to dope. Which he wasn’t as he admits he raced dope free for lance.

  • JCJ Bike

    Hey.. He has a right to defend himself against a $100 million dollar lawsuit and if these people were honest, they have nothing to worry about.
    If they weren’t, then they ought to be concerned.
    Whoever is squealing the loudest perhaps is the one most worried??? (Betsy)

  • disqus_xME5Y5XSW1

    The article says nothing about anyone whining. It is about lawyers sending subpoenas.

  • disqus_xME5Y5XSW1

    The “War Against Chronic Disease”? Is that something like the “War on Terror”? What were these contributions exactly? And what have they got to do with USADA?

  • Ingrid Royston

    let him uncover the rest of the worms, he was not alone but took all the flack!!!

  • ladyxx

    Why are they whining about testifying?? They were more than willing to put forth their information.

  • cahern1968

    Lance Armstrong doesn’t do anything unless Lance Armstrong gets something out of it.

  • It’s an almost $100 million law suit. I would think subpoenas should be expected.

  • Wade Yoder

    What was disappointing to me was how the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) come down so hard on a person that contributes more then any other athlete I know to the war against chronic disease. Discrediting him was worth a lot to the medical pharmaceutical and industrial complex. I’m a health columnist for 5 middle Georgia newspapers and have really valued the http://www.livestrong.comfoundation for research on various health issues. I hope he continues his contributions to the fight against chronic disease