The investigation into whether Lance Armstrong and his Tour de France teammates participated in a doping program is over and no charged will be filed against the seven-time Tour de France champion.
“This is great news,” Armstrong’s attorney Mark Fabiani says in a statement to the Associated Press. “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.”
More than one of Armstrong’s former teammates claims to have witnessed the cyclist using performance enhancing drugs. In a “60 Minutes” interview in May 2011, former teammate Tyler Hamilton said he saw Armstrong use during the 1999 Tour de France and in preparation for the 2000 and 2001 tours.
Another heavy-hitting witness was former cyclist Floyd Landis, who was stripped of his 2006 Tour de France title for drug use, who accused Armstrong of having a long-running doping system in place.
United States Attorney Andre 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.”
The reason for the decision was not disclosed.