Cycling drugs cheat Lance Armstrong settles with Sunday Times

Sunday 25 August 2013 09.14
Payback time for Lance Armstrong
Payback time for Lance Armstrong

Disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong has reached an agreement with the Sunday Times after it had sued the drugs-tainted American for around £1m. 

"It is the final episode in a long legal battle between this newspaper and the fallen icon, " the paper said.

The newspaper was forced to pay Armstrong £300,000 in 2006 to settle a legal case.

It had questioned his Tour de France victories in an article published two years earlier.

However, after the 41-year-old was stripped of his record 7 Tour wins and handed a life ban last year for drugs cheating, the newspaper demanded a return of the payout plus interest, as well as its legal costs. 

After years of denials, Armstrong admitted to Oprah Winfrey earlier this year that he used performance-enhancing drugs to cheat his way to the Tour de France wins.