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Cyclist Leipheimer fired for doping admission

Tuesday - 10/16/2012, 1:36pm  ET

BRUSSELS (AP) - American cyclist Levi Leipheimer has been fired by the Omega Pharma-Quick Step cycling team after confessing to doping as part of the investigation that brought down Lance Armstrong.

Leipheimer was Armstrong's teammate for five years during stints with the U.S. Postal Service, Astana and RadioShack teams before joining Quick Step this season.

The team said in a statement Tuesday that Leipheimer's contract was terminated in "light of the disclosures." It commended the rider for his "open cooperation with USADA and contribution to cleaning up the sport of cycling."

Leipheimer is serving a reduced six-month suspension for doping violations.


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