Lance Armstrong seeking restraining order against US Anti-Doping Agency

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by JESSICA VESS / KVUE News & Chief Photojournalist SCOTT GUEST

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Posted on August 10, 2012 at 7:55 AM

AUSTIN -- Lance Armstrong is seeking a restraining order against the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency. On Friday a judge is expected to make a ruling.

The U.S. Anti-Doping Agency wants Armstrong to accept arbitration by Monday. Armstrong says his contracts don't require him to accept arbitration. If the judge grants his request for a restraining order, he won't have to participate.
 
The agency is the latest to accuse the cyclist of using steroids and blood boosters to win the Tour de France. Earlier this year it released a report claiming to have "questionable" blood samples.
 
The agency is seeking to take away Armstrong's titles, including seven wins in the Tour de France, and ban him from the competition. Armstrong says he's innocent.
 
“We have nothing to hide,” said Armstrong earlier this year. “We have nothing to run from.”
 
Armstrong says he has never doped and claims he’s passed more than 500 drug tests. He filed a suit against the Anti-Doping Agency. That suit has already been denied. The agency says at least 10 former teammates could testify they saw Armstrong violate doping rules.
 
The hearing regarding Armstrong’s request for a restraining order is scheduled for 2 p.m. Friday in a courtroom at the Travis County Justice Complex.

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