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Tuesday 12 December 2017

Wada asks US authorities to turn in Armstrong evidence

THE World Anti-Doping Agency wants US authorities to quickly turn over evidence collected in an investigation of Lance Armstrong to help fight doping in cycling.

WADA president John Fahey said the "significant" evidence gathered in the probe of the seven-time Tour de France champion and his team-mates would be "very, very helpful" to organisations continuing their own investigations.

"The US anti-doping organisation is keen to get hold of that evidence and would like to see that happen," Fahey said in Lausanne, Switzerland.

"Because there could well be some very relevant information there that will assist the fight against doping, particularly in the United States."

US federal prosecutors last week ended the investigation without filing charges against Armstrong, who won the Tour every year from 1999 to 2005 after surviving testicular cancer.

Armstrong, 40, has denied using banned performance-enhancing drugs.

He retired from professional cycling for the second time in February last year to focus on his cancer charity.

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