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Prosecutors Close Armstrong Inquiry, No Charges - ABC News

Federal prosecutors dropped their investigation of Lance Armstrong on Friday, ending a nearly two-year effort aimed at determining whether the seven-time Tour de France winner and his teammates participated in a doping program.

Armstrong has steadfastly denied he doped during his unparalleled career, but the possibility of criminal charges threatened to stain his legacy as the world's greatest cyclist and could have cast a shadow over his cancer charity work.

"This is great news," Armstrong attorney Mark Fabiani said in a statement. "Lance is pleased that the United States Attorney made the right decision, and he is more determined than ever to devote his time and energy to Livestrong and to the causes that have defined his career."

The probe, anchored in Los Angeles where a grand jury was presented evidence by federal prosecutors and heard testimony from Armstrong's former teammates and associates, began with a separate investigation of Rock Racing, a cycling team owned by fashion entrepreneur Michael Ball.

United States Attorney André Birotte Jr. announced in a press release that his office "is closing an investigation into allegations of federal criminal conduct by members and associates of a professional bicycle racing team owned in part by Lance Armstrong."

He didn't disclose the reason for the decision.

So....what happened, eh? I thought it was an airtight case? Open and shut? Slam dunk?

Where are the people who are "in the know?"
 

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Jeff Novitzky and his team determined the allegations were not true or there was not enough evidence to go to trial.
 

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Came for the "Chuck Testa" Meme joke, now leaving sadly disappointed. :(
 

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Better. :D
 

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You should send one to WADA
I was referring to the concilliatory tone struck by the Armstrong camp following the announcement, in contrast to their usual gloating, combatitve one. I guess not all the faithful got the memo not to go poking at the hornet's nest.

The Armstrong PR machine is quite adept at managing their message without my help.
 
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