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Austin: Lance Armstrong has refiled his lawsuit against the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) as he continues to contest charges he used drugs to help win a record seven Tour de France titles.
Armstrong’s civil action has been dramatically reduced from the 113 pages filed on Monday to a more concise 25.
Monday’s initial claim was dismissed just seven hours after being filed, with judge Sam Sparks ruling that it contained “allegations” which were separate to the case and therefore “the Court must presume, were included solely to increase media coverage of this case, and to incite public opinion against Defendants”.
In the submission, Armstrong claims that the USADA does not have the right to charge, sanction or strip him of his seven Tour de France titles. USADA has given Armstrong a deadline of Saturday to enter into arbitration to contest the charges, or accept sanctions which include removing his titles and a lifetime ban.
Armstrong also contends USADA’s activity violates his constitutional rights and tortiously interferes with his contract with Union Cycliste Internationale, the governing body with which he has an agreement. He is also seeking damages from USADA.