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Lance's legs get welcome break as drug probe hots up

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Lance's legs get welcome break as drug probe hots up

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The international cycling career of Lance Armstrong, seven times Tour de France winner and tireless cancer campaigner, has drawn to a close with the conclusion of the Tour Down Under.

These days the fireworks surrounding the Texan occur mainly off the bike as he battles accusations of drug taking.

This time it is different his accusers are an agency of the US government headed by Jeff Novitzky the man who broke the Balco dope conspiracy that led to the imprisonment of disgraced Olympic gold medalist Marion Jones.

They are looking to charge Lance with using public money to fund a systematic doping programme.

The agents are relentless, not unlike Armstrong in his pomp when he dominated one of the world’s most gruelling sporting events.