RACING — 09 July 2012

Lance Armstrong filed a federal lawsuit on Monday which will prevent the U.S. Anti-Doping agency from moving ahead with the charges claiming he used performance-enhancing drugs during his career.

Armstrong’s lawsuit says that USADA rules violate athletes’ constitutional right to a fair trial. It claims USADA’s chief executive Travis Tygart of waging a personal vendetta against the Tour de France winner.

Armstrong is looking to preserve his legacy as one of the greatest cyclists ever and continue to advocate for cancer research. His lawsuit is aggressive, if found guilty he could receive a lifetime ban from cycling and be stripped of his Tour de France victories.

”The process USADA seek to force upon Lance Armstrong is not a fair process and truth is not its goal,” his lawsuit says, calling the USADA process a ”kangaroo court.”

”It is a testament to USADA’s brazenness and callous disregard for its own mission that it seeks to strip Mr. Armstrong of his life’s work,” the lawsuit says.

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