Originally created 10/20/06

New book critical of Armstrong

PARIS - A new book published in France on Thursday alleges seven-time Tour de France champion Lance Armstrong and his entourage intimidated witnesses, including former teammate Frankie Andreu, in a high-stakes court case.

The book L.A. Official by Pierre Ballester and David Walsh, who wrote L.A. Confidential: The Secrets of Lance Armstrong in 2004, is based on testimony given in a legal dispute between Armstrong and Dallas-based SCA Promotions that had a contract with the cyclist.

SCA Promotions tried to withhold a $5 million bonus owed Armstrong for winning his sixth consecutive Tour de France, citing allegations of cheating in the book L.A. Confidential.

Armstrong sued, and testimony in the dispute included statements from Andreu and his wife, Betsy, who alleged Armstrong told doctors in 1996 he had used performance-enhancing drugs.

Armstrong vigorously denied the doping allegations. The arbitration panel ruled in his favor.

The book also says that three-time Tour champion Greg Lemond was pressured into retracting a critical statement he made about Armstrong.


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