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Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Thursday, September 12, 2013
AUSTIN---A federal judge in California sided
with Lance Armstrong and the publishers of his
autobiographies on Tuesday, rejecting claims in
a lawsuit that lies about not using performance-
enhancing drugs amounted to fraud and false
A group of readers who bought Armstrong s It s
Not About The Bike and Every Second Counts
sued in Sacramento federal court seeking class-
action status and more than $5 million in damages.
They said they were duped into believing the books
were inspirational true accounts and should have
been labelled fiction.
US District Judge Morrison England s 39-page
rule sided with Armstrong s attorneys, who argued
the books are free speech protected by the First
"Lance Armstrong has a right to exercise his
First Amendment right to free speech," Armstrong
attorney Zia Modabber said.
By law, the plaintiffs have 21 days to refile their
lawsuit under the guidelines of Tuesday s ruling,
but Modabber predicted the ruling would close
the door on the case.
The ruling likely eliminates one of several legal
hurdles facing Armstrong. The federal government
is seeking to recover more than $30 million the
US Postal Service paid to sponsor his former team
in a case that could include total penalties of more
than $100 million.
Armstrong also has been sued in Texas by two
companies seeking to recover $15 million in bonuses
paid to Armstrong and his teams for winning the
Tour de France and other races.
The books lawsuit was filed in California under
that state s consumer protections laws. The lawsuit
accused Armstrong and publishers Random House
and Penguin Group of committing fraud, false
advertising and other wrongdoing for publishing
the cyclist s vehement denials that he wasn t a
cheat. They also claimed the books should have
been labelled as fiction instead of non-fiction.
"The fact Lance didn t tell the truth about
whether or not he doped, does not make the entire
story of his life fiction," Modabber said.
Armstrong vehemently denied doping for use
for years, but admitted in a January interview with
Oprah Winfrey that he cheated during most of his
career. The confession came after a detailed report
by the US Anti-Doping Agency.
in book lawsuit
In this October 7, 2012, file photo, Lance Armstrong
competes in the Rev3 Half Full Triathalon in Ellicott
City, Maryland. On Tuesday, a federal judge in
California sided with Armstrong and the publishers
of his autobiographies, rejecting claims in a lawsuit
that lies about not using performance-enhancing
drugs amounted to fraud and false advertising.
BURGOS---Dutch rider Bauke Mollema
won the 17th stage of the Spanish Vuelta
in a sprint finish yesterday, while Vin-
cenzo Nibali retained his overall lead.
Mollema, a 26-year-old Belkin-Pro rider,
finished the 189-kilometre (117-mile) route
from Calahorra to Burgos in four hours,
44 minutes, 28 seconds, just ahead of
Norway s Edvald Boasson Hagen, who fin-
ished in the same time.
Lampre-Merida rider Maximiliano Ariel
Richeze of Argentina was third in the same
Italy s Nibali maintains a 28-second
lead over second-place Christopher Horner
of the United States who rides for
"I am really happy, I was just thinking,
this is my chance, because I was up front
with a small group of riders," Mollema
As riders began to approach Burgos,
Nibali s teammate Diego Ulissi began an
early charge away from the pack. But the
riders soon bunched up, trying to place
themselves tactically for the final sprint.
Paul Voss of Germany, riding for
Netapp-Endura, broke away but was shad-
owed by Mollema, who then burst forward
and maintained his sprint to the line.
"The speed dropped a bit and I decided
I wanted to attack then and saw there was
one guy from the Netapp-Endura team,"
Mollema said. "So I went behind him and
then really kicked off and kept it up to
the very end."
Today the riders tackle a gruelling
186.5 kilometre (116 mile) mountain
stage from Burgos to Pena Cabarga
which includes three category 3 climbs,
one category 2 peak and a category 1
ascent to the finish.
Mollema pedals to 17th stage of Vuelta
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