US prosecutors drop probe of Lance Armstrong team

By REUTERS
February 4, 2012 05:20

Los Angeles - Federal prosecutors on Friday dropped an investigation centered on whether seven-time Tour De France champion Lance Armstrong and his teammates cheated the sponsor of their bike racing team with a secret doping program.

The decision means that Armstrong, a cancer survivor and one of his sport's greatest champions who has always vehemently denied using performance-enhancing drugs, will not face charges following the two-year-long probe.

"I am gratified to learn that the US Attorney's Office is closing its investigation. It is the right decision and I commend them for reaching it," Armstrong, 40, said in a statement released through his spokesman.

"I look forward to continuing my life as a father, a competitor, and an advocate in the fight against cancer without this distraction," he said.


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