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Armstrong facing Wednesday deadline with USADA

Published On: Feb 20 2013 08:27:59 AM CST
Lance Armstrong tweet with jerseys

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In June 2012, the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency accused Armstrong of doping and trafficking of drugs based on blood samples from 2009 and 2010, and testimonies from witnesses including former teammates. He was suspended from competitive cycling and stripped of any and all titles from August 1998 to the present. Armstrong was defiant until the end, tweeting this picture just a few months ago of himself lying on the couch under his Tour de France jerseys.

AUSTIN, Tex. -

- Lance Armstrong is facing a Wednesday deadline to decide whether he will meet with U.S. Anti-Doping Agency officials and talk with them under oath about what he knows about performance-enhancing drug use in cycling.
    
The agency has said Armstrong's cooperation in its cleanup effort is the only path open to Armstrong if his lifetime ban from sports it to be reduced.
    
Armstrong has given mixed signals whether he plans to talk with USADA officials. Armstrong attorney Tim Herman previously suggested Armstrong would not meet with USADA before the agency's original Feb. 6 deadline. The two sides then agreed to give Armstrong another two weeks to work out an interview with investigators.
    
Armstrong previously denied using performance-enhancing drugs, but in January admitted doping to win the Tour de France seven times.

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