Lance Armstrong associates agree to pay money to settle part of whistle blower lawsuit

Lance Armstrong's agent Bill Stapleton and business partner Barton Knaggs may avoid further involvement in lawsuit if their offer is accepted by Department of Justice

Lance Armstrong

Lance Armstrong at the 2003 Tour de France (Watson)

(Image credit: Graham Watson)

The Lance Armstrong whistle blower lawsuit in the US is partly nearing settlement. According to a report in USA Today on Friday, two of the banned cyclist's co-defendants agreed to pay the Department of Justice $500,000 (£320,000) and Floyd Landis' attorney $100,000 (£64,000).

Armstrong's agent Bill Stapleton and business partner Barton Knaggs, and their Capital Sports & Entertainment agency, would be freed from the lawsuit if the US government agrees to the settlement.

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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.