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Ferrari says his son gives advice to Armstrong

Updated: September 23, 2011, 12:06


ROME (AP) An Italian physician banned for doping says Lance Armstrong is receiving training advice from his son.

In a statement posted online, Dr. Michele Ferrari denies allegations that appeared in Italian media this week linking him to the center of a widespread doping ring.

Ferrari also writes, "My son Stefano is administering a website which offers personalized training consultancy to various cyclists and triathletes; Lance Armstrong is among them.''

Corriere della Sera reported Wednesday that seven-time Tour de France winner Armstrong made payments to Ferrari through a front company in Switzerland. In his statement, Ferrari acknowledged that he was a consultant for the company but said it "had nothing to do with doping.''

Armstrong has always denied doping and has maintained he cut professional ties with Dr. Ferrari in 2004. Through a spokesman, he declined to comment on the Italian newspaper reports.

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