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Lance Armstrong faces uphill struggle in US fraud trial

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By Christopher Cummins  with Agencies
Lance Armstrong faces uphill struggle in US fraud trial

Lance Armstrong is to go to trial to face a US government lawsuit seeking $100m in damages from the former champion cyclist.

The US justice department has accused Armstrong of defrauding the government by accepting millions of dollars of sponsorship money from the US postal service, while engaged in secret, systematic doping.

Lance Armstrong led the US postal team to a number of Tour de France victories.

The cancer survivor was stripped of his seven tour victories after the US anti-doping agency uncovered a clandestine and sophisticated doping programme.

Armstrong had long denied the accusation and used the law and intimidation to shout those down who accused him of the offence.

The suit was brought by former teammate Floyd Landis, himself stripped of a tour title after doping, under the False Claims Act, which allows whistle-blowers to pursue fraud cases for the government in return for 25 percent of monies recovered.