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LeMond apologizes to Lance

Three-time Tour de France winner Greg LeMond apologized to fellow triple Tour winner Lance Armstrong on Tuesday, saying his remarks regarding Armstrong's association with controversial Italian doctor Michele Ferrari were taken out of context, according to an Associated Press report. "I sincerely regret that some of my remarks ... seemed to question the veracity of Lance's performances," said LeMond in a written statement. "I want to be clear that I believe Lance to be a great champion and I do not believe, in any way, that he has ever used any performance enhancing substances. I

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Armstrong has defended his relationship with Ferrari.

Armstrong has defended his relationship with Ferrari.

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Three-time Tour de France winner Greg LeMond apologized to fellow triple Tour winner Lance Armstrong on Tuesday, saying his remarks regarding Armstrong’s association with controversial Italian doctor Michele Ferrari were taken out of context, according to an Associated Press report.

“I sincerely regret that some of my remarks … seemed to question the veracity of Lance’s performances,” said LeMond in a written statement.

“I want to be clear that I believe Lance to be a great champion and I do not believe, in any way, that he has ever used any performance enhancing substances. I believe his performances are the result of the same hard work, dedication and focus that were mine 10 years ago,” LeMond added.

Earlier this month LeMond said he was unhappy with Armstrong’s association with Ferrari, who has been linked to drug use in cycling.

Armstrong has defended his ties to Ferrari, and said he will “re-evaluate” his relationship if the physician is found guilty of wrongdoing in an ongoing drug inquiry in Italy. Armstrong has never tested positive for any banned substances and said Ferrari has never discussed drugs with him.