AP: Feds Ask For Help In Lance Armstrong Doping Case

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LOS ANGELES (AP) — U.S. authorities are asking European officials for help gathering evidence against seven-time Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong in a case related to the use of performance-enhancing drugs.

People familiar with the investigation have told The Associated Press that the request for evidence made to French officials mentions Armstrong by name and specifically targets him and other members of his former U.S. Postal team.

A grand jury has been meeting in Los Angeles to determine whether Armstrong should face criminal charges.

Thom Mrozek, a spokesman with the U.S. attorney’s office in Los Angeles, declined comment. Mark Fabiani, counsel for Armstrong, criticized investigators for leaking information and said the probe is a waste of taxpayers’ dollars. Armstrong has always denied doping.

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