LeMond apologizes for critical remarks about Armstrong

Greg LeMond issued an apology to fellow American cyclist Lance Armstrong yesterday, claiming his critical remarks concerning Armstrong's association with an Italian doctor who has been linked to drug use were taken out of context.

"I sincerely regret that some of my remarks ... seemed to question the veracity of Lance's performances," LeMond said in a statement.

"I want to be clear that I believe Lance to be a great champion and I do not believe, in any way, that he has ever used any performance-enhancing substances. I believe his performances are the result of the same hard work, dedication and focus that were mine 10 years ago," LeMond said.

LeMond, a three-time Tour de France champion who lives in Wayzata, Minn., told a London newspaper this month that he was unhappy about Armstrong's association with Italian doctor Michele Ferrari.

Armstrong, who won his third consecutive Tour de France on July 29, was upset by the comments made by the man he called one of his heroes.

Armstrong has never tested positive for any banned substances. He has defended his ties to Ferrari, whose name has been linked to the drug EPO.

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