Sports doctor linked to Lance Armstrong denies doping charges

  • An Italian sports doctor accused of doping with cyclist Lance Armstrong has dismissed the charges as "false and ridiculous".

    Earlier this week, Dr Michele Ferrari was given a lifetime ban for his involvement in doping since 1999.

    The U.S. anti-doping agency (USADA) claims he had developed new, illegal methods of enhancing performance.

    Lance Armstrong previously referred to him as a friend and a trusted adviser but severed ties with him after he was convicted of sporting fraud in 2004 in relation to doping issues.

    Those charges were dismissed on appeal in 2006.

    Lance Armstrong is contesting the charges made against him and has filed a lawsuit in Texas in a bid to get them dismissed.