January 21, 2015

ADELAIDE, Australia (AP) U.S. cycling great Greg LeMond has rejected calls for Lance Armstrong's life ban to be reduced, saying ''if there's anybody who deserves a ban, it's this guy.''

LeMond told a news conference in Adelaide, where he is attending the Tour Down Under cycle race, that Armstrong's doping activities ''took a good 10 years out of my life.'' He said the seven-time Tour de France winner was punished not just for doping but for the way he treated people who accused him before he finally admitted his guilt.

LeMond said ''I believe everyone deserves a second chance, but it's not like he was positive one time and admitted it and said he's sorry. This is repeated cover up ... there's nothing like it in the history of cycling.''

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