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USADA gives Armstrong 30-day extension to respond to allegations

Seven-time Tour champ receives extension from USADA to answer doping allegations

Lance Armstrong will have an additional 30 days to respond to U.S. Anti-Doping Agency allegations that he took part in a wide-reaching doping conspiracy, the Associated Press reported Wednesday morning.

According to AP, Armstrong’s attorney, Tim Herman, said he withdrew his lawsuit requesting a temporary restraining order against USADA as a result of the extension. Armstrong faced a deadline of Saturday, July 14 to respond to allegations from USADA that include the trafficking and use of doping products and equipment and conspiracy to conceal the activities.

Armstrong filed suit in U.S. District Court on Tuesday, claiming that USADA’s sanctioning process violates the U.S. Constitution.

“This extension will allow the court sufficient time to evaluate Mr. Armstrong’s amended complaint,” Herman said.

The 30-day extension would lead to a new deadline of August 13 for Armstrong to request an arbitration hearing or accept what could be a lifetime ban. Three other individuals accused by USADA — former U.S. Postal doctor Luis Garcia del Moral, Armstrong’s personal trainer and team consultant Michele Ferrari, and coach “Pepe” Marti — received lifetime bans on Tuesday.