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Armstrong says lawyer for protection

Updated: July 22, 2010, 5:16 PM ET
Associated Press

NEW YORK -- Lance Armstrong says hiring a criminal defense lawyer in the face of a federal investigation for possible fraud and doping violations is merely a matter of protecting himself.

"Obviously, you need some legal counsel on this. ... I wouldn't read anything into it," the seven-time Tour de France champion said after finishing 17th in the 17th stage of this year's race. "I'm 100 percent confident that there will be a satisfactory resolution for me."

The Texan hired Bryan D. ...

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