Newspaper: LeMond subpoenaed in Armstrong inquiry

The New York Daily News says the three-time Tour champ must appear at federal court in California on July 30 to say what he knows about the Armstrong inquiry

Three-time Tour de France champion Greg LeMond has received a subpoena to testify before a grand jury in the investigation of possible fraud and doping charges against Lance Armstrong, the New York Daily News reported Friday.

The newspaper reported on its Web site that a grand jury in the U.S. District Court of the Central District of California issued the subpoena, which requests testimony and documents related to the four cycling teams Armstrong has led — U.S. Postal Service, Discovery Channel, Astana and RadioShack.

The letter also orders LeMond to appear at a federal courthouse in Los Angeles on July 30, the newspaper said.

The New York Times reported on Tuesday that U.S. authorities had issued grand-jury subpoenas to witnesses, citing unnamed sources “briefed on the case.”

According to the Times, the subpoenas demonstrate how seriously authorities are taking allegations made by Floyd Landis, who has said that doping was endemic in the U.S. Postal team in the early 2000s, when he competed on it with seven-time Tour de France winner Armstrong.

Armstrong and others accused by Landis have denied the allegations and called into question the credibility of Landis, who was stripped of his 2006 Tour de France title for doping.

LeMond became the first American to win the Tour de France in 1986 and added victories in 1989 and 1990. Armstrong’s period of dominance came a decade later as he won seven straight titles during 1999-2005.