Seven-time Tour de France champion and cancer survivor Lance Armstrong has vehemently denied using performance-enhancing drugs his entire career.
The U.S. Anti-Doping Agency disagrees.
On Monday, Armstrong filed a federal lawsuit against the USADA, saying the agency’s rules violate athletes’ right to a fair trial, as well as claiming the agency does not have jurisdiction in such a case.
After a two-year federal criminal investigation into Armstrong turned up no charges in February, the USADA says it has more evidence to use against the cyclist.
The anti-doping agency says up to 10 former teammates and associates are willing to testify against him and that it has blood samples from 2009-2010 that are “fully consistent” with doping.
Armstrong says he has been tested more than 500 times without once yielding a positive test. He retired from the sport in 2011.
According to ESPN’s T.J. Quinn, no athlete has ever filed this type of lawsuit against the USADA successfully.
If the court doesn't step in, LA has until 5:01 pm Friday to either accept sanctions or say he wants to fight them in arbitration.—
T.J. Quinn (@TJQuinnESPN) July 09, 2012