Lance Armstrong. Photo Getty
The Sunday Times is suing disgraced cyclist Lance
Armstrong for around one million pounds over his libel action
against the British newspaper in 2004.
Armstrong, who was stripped of his seven Tour de France
titles from 1999-2005 in October, received 300,000 pounds
from the Sunday Times as payment towards his legal fees after
the paper raised questions about the American's success
following his recovery from testicular cancer.
"It is clear that the proceedings were baseless and
fraudulent. Your representations that you had never taken
performance enhancing drugs were deliberately false," read
the letter to Armstrong's lawyers in the Sunday Times.
The paper is demanding the return of the 300,000 pounds
payment plus interest, as well as costs accrued in defending
the case, which was settled in 2006.
A report by the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) in
October said the now-retired Armstrong had been involved in
the "most sophisticated, professionalised and successful
doping program the sport has ever seen."
Armstrong has always denied using performance-enhancing drugs
but chose not to contest the USADA charges.