Former world cycling champion Lance Armstrong is taking officials from the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency to court in a bid to prevent them from stripping him of his seven Tour de France titles following fresh drug charges.
The sports ace, who once dated singer Sheryl Crow, has repeatedly denied reports linking him to drug use, but last month (Jun12), he was formally re-charged with taking illegal substances to boost his performance.
The cyclist has never failed a drug test in his 25-year athletic career, and earlier this year (12), U.S. Justice Department officials ended a two-year investigation into allegations Armstrong had used drugs he shouldn't have during his 25-year athletic career.
However, Usada representatives claim blood samples Armstrong gave in 2009 and 2010 were allegedly consistent with a banned performance-enhancing booster and they are seeking to have him banned for life from all competitive cycling.
But Armstrong is refusing to take the allegations lightly and the defiant star filed suit in U.S. District Court in Austin, Texas on Monday (09Jul12), insisting the Usada Chief Executive Travis Tygart, who is named as a co-defendant, is simply waging a personal war against the star.
He also alleges the process used by the Usada is "not a fair process", adding that "truth is not its goal".
Tygart has hit back at the lawsuit, insisting the 40 year old's case is "without merit".