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Another former teammate defends Lance Armstrong

August 11, 2010 |  2:47 pm

One of Lance Armstrong's teammates on the U.S. Postal Service team in 2000 said he has never seen evidence to suggest that the seven-time winner of the Tour de France doped.

Patrick Jonker, who now manages the Australian-based Virgin Blue/RBS Morgan team, spoke with Fox Sports.

“I didn’t see anything. If I was subpoenaed to go to court and put my hand on the Bible, I’d go,” Jonker said. “This is not a game, it’s very serious.”

Another U.S. Postal teammate, Floyd Landis, has implicated Armstrong and several other riders on that team in what has been characterized as systematic doping. A federal grand jury in Los Angeles is investigating  doping in pro cycling.

"Maybe it's good they're investigating," Jonker said. "These are serious allegations and, once and for all, [Armstrong’s] name will be cleared. But cleared of what? Because he hasn't done anything wrong.”

Jonker jokingly added, "If they want to ask were there any performance enhancing drugs taken at U.S. Postal, I'd say, 'I wish there was' because I would have liked to improve my performance.”

-- Debbie Goffa

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