posted on Jul, 28 2004 @ 02:57 PM
ROME - An Italian cyclist who says he was "threatened" by six-time Tour de France champion Lance Armstrong during the race was questioned by police
about the episode, which might be linked to a feud between the riders.
Filippo Simeoni was questioned Tuesday in Rome about the July 23 stage, during which he was chased down by Armstrong, a move apparently related to a
dispute about Simeoni's testimony about drug use in cycling, Col. Stefano Ortolani of the paramilitary Carabiniere NAS anti-doping squad said
Last Friday, when Simeoni moved ahead to try for victory on a stage that would not have impacted the overall standings, Armstrong chased him down and
herded him back to the main pack.
The sports daily Gazzetta dello Sport quoted Simeoni after he left police questioning as saying "He prevented me from continuing the breakaway and
afterward he threatened me."
Armstrong's agent, Bill Stapleton, had no comment Wednesday, a spokeswoman said.