Judge Orders Armstrong to Answer Doping Questions

A Texas judge is pushing Lance Armstrong closer to his first sworn testimony on details of his performance-enhancing drug use.

FILE - This july 24, 2005 file photo shows overall leader Lance Armstrong signaling seven for his seventh straight win in the Tour de France cycling race, at the start of the 21st and final stage of the race between Corbeil-Essonnes, south of Paris, and the French capital. The chief of world cycling's governing body is questioning why American anti-doping authorities have not sent him the file of evidence that prompted them to erase Lance Armstrong's seven Tour de France titles and ban him for life. International Cycling Union President Pat McQuaid on Saturday, Sept., 22, 2012, said the United States Anti-Doping Agency had not given the UCI a date to expect the details, and he sounded impatient to receive them. (AP Photo/Alessandro Trovati, File)

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by Associated Press

AUSTIN, TX- A Texas judge is pushing Lance Armstrong closer to his first sworn testimony on details of his performance-enhancing drug use, ordering the cyclist to answer questions about who knew what and when about his doping. That could possibly even include information about his ex-wife and attorneys. Nebraska-based Acceptance Insurance Holdings is seeking the information in its lawsuit to recover $3 million in bonuses it paid Armstrong from 1999 to 2001. A judge previously refused to dismiss the case. The company is trying to prove a yearslong conspiracy and cover-up by Armstrong to commit fraud. It wants to know when several of Armstrong's personal and business associates - including ex-wife Kristin Armstrong, team officials, the cyclist's lawyers and International Cycling Union President Pat McQuaid - first learned of his doping. Armstrong's attorneys say Acceptance is engaged in a "fishing expedition" intended to "make a spectacle of Armstrong's doping."