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Armstrong 'worried of potential criminal & civil liability'

The US Anti-Doping Agency has claimed that Lance Armstrong "was worried of potential criminal and civil liability" if he gave evidence to them about doping:

We have provided Mr Armstrong several opportunities to assist in our ongoing efforts to clean up the sport of cycling.

Following his recent television interview, we again invited him to come in and provide honest information, and he was informed in writing by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) that this was the appropriate avenue for him if he wanted to be part of the solution.

Over the last few weeks he has led us to believe that he wanted to come in and assist USADA, but was worried of potential criminal and civil liability if he did so.

Today we learned from the media that Mr Armstrong is choosing not to come in and be truthful and that he will not take the opportunity to work toward righting his wrongs in sport.

– US Anti-Doping Agency chief executive Travis Tygart

Armstrong questioning 'would only demonise individuals'

Lance is willing to cooperate fully and has been very clear: He will be the first man through the door, and once inside will answer every question, at an international tribunal formed to comprehensively address pro cycling, an almost exclusively European sport.

We remain hopeful that an international effort will be mounted, and we will do everything we can to facilitate that result.

In the meantime, for several reasons, Lance will not participate in USADA's efforts to selectively conduct American prosecutions that only demonise selected individuals while failing to address the 95% of the sport over which USADA has no jurisdiction.

– Lance Armstrong's lawyer Tim Herman

Armstrong 'won't give doping evidence under oath'

Lance Armstrong confessed to doping in an interview with Oprah Winfrey Credit: REUTERS/Harpo Studios, Inc/George Burns/Handout

Lance Armstrong's lawyer has said the cyclist won't be interviewed under oath by a U.S. Anti-Doping Agency official who wanted him to tell them all he knows about doping, according to the AP news agency.

USADA officials had said the disgraced cyclist must speak with them if he hoped to reduce his lifetime ban from sports. Today was the deadline for him to agree to speak to them.

Tim Herman said the process served "only to demonise selected individuals."

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Doctor on trial for cycling doping

A Spanish doctor who may hold the secrets to drug cheating in football and tennis, has gone on trial in Madrid.

The public health charges against Eufemiano Fuentes relate only to cyclists he worked with.

But the man leading the worldwide fight against doping told ITV News that the doctor was involved with athletes from a variety of other sports. ITV News Sports Editor Steve Scott reports:

Accused doctor labelled 'one-man Wal-Mart of doping'

Tyler Hamilton rode with Lance Armstrong on the US Postal Service team. Credit: ITV News

Former cycling doper turned whistleblower Tyler Hamilton described Dr Eufemiano Fuentes as a "one-man Wal-Mart of doping" in his 2012 book The Secret Race, which detailed the use of performance-enhancing drugs in the sport.

Hamilton was among 11 former teammates who testified against Lance Armstrong during the US Anti-Doping Agency's investigation.

In his only UK interview, he gave ITV News his reaction to Armstrong finally confessing.

Tour de France stars among clients of accused doctor

Alberto Contador is due to give evidence at the trial on February 5. Credit: Adam Davy/EMPICS Sport

Tour de France stars Alberto Contador, Alejandro Valverde and Ivan Basso are among the 58 former clients of Dr Eufemiano Fuentes listed in the investigation into the 'Operation Puerto' doping scandal.

Valverde and Basso are among six riders to have suffered sporting sanctions in relation to the investigation. Contador, who served a separate two-year ban for a positive test of a banned substance, has been cleared of any involvement in the Operation Puerto case.

Dr Fuentes, 57, is expected to deny that any alleged performance-enhancing blood transfusions that took place put the riders' health at risk. Four others, including Fuentes' sister Yolanda, will also answer the charges.

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