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Lance Armstrong, former teammate argue again over doping

Lance Armstrong, Frankie Andreu

LUXEMBOURG - JULY 7: Lance Armstrong of the USA and US Postal Service Team is swarmed by media and interveiwed by ex-teammate Frankie Andreu before stage one of the 2002 Tour De France on July 7th, 2002 from Luxembourg to Luxembourg. (Photo by Mike Powell/Getty Images)

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Lance Armstrong and Olympic and Tour de France teammate Frankie Andreu are at odds again after Armstrong said under oath, “if I said that Frankie doped for the majority of his career, that -- that is absolutely the truth,” according to USA Today.

Andreu said Armstrong’s recent testimony in a pretrial disposition was “completely false,” according to the report.

“I raced for a long time completely clean, and then even in the window when I was taking [performance-enhancing drug] EPO, it wasn’t all the time,” Andreu said, according to the report.

Armstrong and Andreu were teammates at the Atlanta 1996 Olympics (Andreu finished fourth in the road race; Armstrong 12th before learning he had testicular cancer). Andreu was also on the U.S. Postal Service teams with Armstrong when he won the first two of his seven stripped Tour de France titles in 1999 and 2000.

Andreu has admitted to doping, being introduced to performance-enhancing drugs in 1995 and that he took the banned substance EPO for “a few races,” according to his admission to The New York Times in 2006, and leading up to the 1999 Tour de France.

Andreu and wife Betsy have said they saw Armstrong tell a doctor in October 1996 that Armstrong had taken performance-enhancing drugs. That came three months after the Atlanta Olympics, three years before his first Tour de France title and more than 16 years before Armstrong admitted to doping during his career.

In 2005, Armstrong testified under oath that the confession to a doctor didn’t happen. In his 2013 doping admission interview, Armstrong was asked if Betsy Andreu was lying.

“I’m not going to take that on,” Armstrong said then. “I’m laying down on that one.”

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