The Italian Almanac

Lance Armstrong

Italian News / Sport - June 2

Former Italian world champion Mario Cipollini has been questioned by police in Florence as part of an investigation concerning six-times Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong. Cipollini was summoned because his former team manager, Vincenzo Santoni, told police that Armstrong had put pressure on the Italian to stop his compatriot Filippo Simeoni from riding in his team in the 2004 Tour.

Armstrong was placed under formal investigation last August for "private violence" against Simeoni after he chased the Italian down during stage 18 of the 2004 Tour de France. Simeoni began defamation proceedings against Armstrong in 2003 after the American called him a liar in an interview with a French newspaper in April that year.