ROME -- Lance Armstrong is receiving training advice from the son of banned Italian physician Michele Ferrari, the doctor says.
Responding to allegations that appeared in Italian media this week linking him to the center of a widespread doping ring, Ferrari denied any wrongdoing in a statement posted online Thursday.
Corriere della Sera reported Wednesday that Ferrari's son also was involved in the distribution of performance-enhancing drugs, and that Armstrong called the son before last year's Tour de France, referring to him as "No. 1."
"My son Stefano is administering a website which offers personalized training consultancy to various cyclists and triathletes; Lance Armstrong is among them," Ferrari said in the statement.