Lance Armstrong drops TRO request

July 11, 2012 at 3:08 PM
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AUSTIN, Texas, July 11 (UPI) -- Retired cyclist Lance Armstrong dropped his restraining order request after the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency gave him an extension on his case, his attorney said.

While Armstrong will continue his complaint against USADA, his lawyer, Tim Herman, said Wednesday that since the organization agreed to extend its July 14 deadline for 14 days, a temporary restraining order "is not now necessary," the Austin (Texas) American-Statesman reported

"This extension will allow the court sufficient time to evaluate Mr. Armstrong's amended complaint," Herman said in a statement.

U.S. District Judge Sam Sparks had dismissed Armstrong's first restraining order request, saying much of it was "totally irrelevant" to the charges against the seven-time Tour de France winner. Armstrong's attorneys had then chopped it down, the Los Angeles Times reported.

Armstrong accuses the anti-doping agency of causing him "irreparable injury" and is seeking to stop it from stripping him of his Tour championships, as well as "further equitable relief."

The anti-doping agency alleges he participated in a doping conspiracy for at least 14 years.

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