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Lance Armstrong's lawsuit is rejected by judge | Cycling
By The New York Times and The Associated Press
Within seven hours of Lance Armstrong filing a lawsuit that sought to block the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency from punishing him for alleged doping violations, a federal judge in Austin, Texas, struck down the complaint, dealing Armstrong a swift and smarting blow in his hometown.
Judge Sam Sparks of U.S. District Court chastised Armstrong's lawyers for submitting an 80-plus-page complaint filled with allegations "totally irrelevant to Armstrong's claims." Sparks said the court was left to presume the lengthy list of allegations "were included solely to increase media coverage of this case, and to incite public opinion against" the anti-doping agency and Travis Tygart, the agency's chief executive who is also named as a defendant.
"This Court is not inclined to indulge Armstrong's desire for publicity, self-aggrandizement or vilification of Defendants, by sifting through eighty mostly unnecessary pages in search of the few kernels of factual material relevant to his claims," Sparks said.
The judge added seven-time Tour de France winner Armstrong could refile his case within 20 days, but only if he limits his pleadings to information legally relevant to his case.
The lawsuit, which was filed Monday morning by Armstrong's lawyers, claimed the anti-doping agency violated Armstrong's constitutional rights for due process and asked the court to stop the agency from moving forward with its case against him. It said the anti-doping agency and Tygart were out to prosecute a "big fish" so the agency could justify its existence.
Armstrong, who lives in Austin and retired from cycling last year, was charged last month with violations for doping and for his key role in a doping conspiracy while on the U.S. Postal Service and Discovery Channel teams. He faces a lifetime ban from Olympic sports, the loss of his Tour titles and the forfeiture of money and awards.
He has until Saturday to accept or reject a sanction from the agency his suit said runs a "kangaroo court."
Wiggins pads lead
BESANCON, France — Olympic champion Bradley Wiggins, seeking to be the first British winner of the Tour de France, won a major time trial to increase his overall lead.
"It's probably my best time trial ever," Sky Procycling rider Wiggins said after covering 25.8 miles from Arc-et-Senans to Besancon in 51 minutes, 24 seconds.
Teammate Christopher Froome of Britain was second, 35 seconds behind Wiggins, in the ninth stage.
Defending champion Cadel Evans, an Australian who competes for BMC Racing, was sixth, 1:43 behind Wiggins, in the stage. He is second in the overall race, 1:53 behind Wiggins.
"It's never over until the fat lady sings, and she hasn't entered the building yet," Wiggins said.
BMC's Tejay van Garderen, who was born in Tacoma, was fourth in the stage and is eighth in the standings.
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