Report: Subpoenas issued in Armstrong doping case

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New York - Federal authorities investigating possible fraud and doping charges against seven-time Tour de France champ Lance Armstrong and his associates have issued subpoenas to witnesses, according to a report in the New York Times.

The newspaper reports the grand jury subpoenas are a big step in the investigation and demonstrate how serious authorities are taking stock into American cyclist Floyd Landis' allegations that implicate Armstrong.

The Times reports Landis, at this point, is not believed to be among the witnesses the authorities want to question before the grand jury.

Landis, who was stripped of his 2006 Tour de France title in the wake of a positive test for performance-enhancing drugs, has admitted to using such substances for most of his career after vehemently denying the allegations against him and waging a lengthy battle in an attempt to clear his name. He came clean on May 20, telling numerous media outlets that he consistently used PEDs and implicated former teammates, including Armstrong.

Landis won the Tour de France in 2006 with a remarkable comeback, as he lost the leader's yellow jersey during a stage in the Alps and started the next day some eight minutes off the pace. He won that day's stage and pulled within 30 seconds of the lead, then took back the yellow jersey in a time trial before going on to victory.

Later that summer, tests revealed abnormally high levels of testosterone. Officials eventually stripped Landis of his Tour de France title and imposed a two-year suspension. He continued to fight a losing battle through an arbitration hearing.

In reports from ESPN.com and the Wall Street Journal, Landis claims he began using PEDs in 2002 during his first year with Armstrong's team -- the U.S. Postal Service.

Landis has apparently sent emails to cycling officials, sponsors and others in the sport, detailing his own use of illegal substances while implicating others -- Armstrong and other team members included.


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