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Texas Judge Orders Lance Armstrong to Answer Doping Questions

Wednesday, Sep 4, 2013  |  Updated 1:21 PM CDT
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Judge Orders Armstrong to Answer Doping Questions

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DRIPPING SPRINGS, TX - OCTOBER 15: Seven time Tour De France winner Lance Armstrong prepares to speak during his Team Livestrong Challenge bike ride on October 15, 2011 in Dripping Springs, Texas. (Photo by Gary Miller/FilmMagic)

A Texas judge is pushing Lance Armstrong closer to his first sworn testimony on details of his performance-enhancing drug use, ordering the cyclist to answer questions about who knew what and when about his doping.

That could possibly even include information about his ex-wife and attorneys.

Nebraska-based Acceptance Insurance Holdings is seeking the information in its lawsuit to recover $3 million in bonuses it paid Armstrong from 1999 to 2001. A judge previously refused to dismiss the case.

The company is trying to prove a yearslong conspiracy and cover-up by Armstrong to commit fraud. It wants to know when several of Armstrong's personal and business associates -- including ex-wife Kristin Armstrong, team officials, the cyclist's lawyers and International Cycling Union President Pat McQuaid -- first learned of his doping.

Armstrong's attorneys say Acceptance is engaged in a "fishing expedition" intended to "make a spectacle of Armstrong's doping."

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