Armstrong case heads into New Year: Wires and European trips

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Cyclist Lance Armstrong heads into the new year uncertain about the outcome of a federal doping investigation. The seven-time Tour de France winner faces doping allegations by former team-mate Floyd Landis, who, according to the New York Daily News, wore a 'wire' to help prosecutors.

The New York Daily News reported yesterday that Landis wore an audio and video recorder in a meeting this spring with Michael Ball. According to the newspaper's source, the hidden camera filmed of what appeared to be human growth hormone and other doping products in the refrigerator of Ball's apartment in Marina Del Rey, California.

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Gregor Brown

Gregor Brown is an experienced cycling journalist, based in Florence, Italy. He has covered races all over the world for over a decade - following the Giro, Tour de France, and every major race since 2006. His love of cycling began with freestyle and BMX, before the 1998 Tour de France led him to a deep appreciation of the road racing season.