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World Doping Agency Asks U.S. to Turn Over Armstrong Evidence

The World Anti-Doping Agency wants U.S. authorities to quickly turn over evidence collected in an investigation of Lance Armstrong to help fight doping in cycling.

WADA President John Fahey said the “significant” evidence gathered in the probe of the seven-time Tour de France champion and his teammates would be “very, very helpful” to organizations continuing their own investigations.

“The U.S. anti-doping organization is keen to get hold of that evidence and would like to see that happen,” Fahey told reporters today in Lausanne, Switzerland. “Because there well could be some very relevant information there that will assist the fight against doping, particularly in the United States.”

U.S. federal prosecutors last week ended the investigation without filing charges against Armstrong, who won the Tour every year from 1999 to 2005 after surviving testicular cancer.

Armstrong, 40, has denied using banned performance-enhancing drugs. He retired from professional cycling in February 2011 to focus on his cancer charity.

WADA Secretary General David Howman said the sharing of evidence could act as a deterrent to cyclists thinking of doping ahead of this summer’s Olympic Games.

“It is important that happens as quickly as possible just in case there are athletes who might be looking at going to London,” he said.

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