SNOWBASIN -- Lance Armstrong denied he’s receiving training help from a banned Italian doctor or his son, but maintains “those guys are my friends and that’s not going to change.”
Armstrong spoke Saturday at the XTERRA USA Championship — an off-road triathlon, where he finished fifth — in the wake of allegations that appeared in Italian media this week. The report by Corriere della Sera cited the work of unidentified Swiss and Italian investigators and said that Dr. Michele Ferrari was at the center of a widespread doping ring.
Corriere said Armstrong made payments to Ferrari through a now liquidated company but did not say when.
Ferrari, who was barred for life by the Italian Cycling Federation under a 2002 ruling, was Armstrong’s adviser for years but the seven-time Tour de France winner severed their professional relationship in 2004. Earlier this year, Armstrong acknowledged occasionally meeting with Ferarri socially.