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Last Updated: Thursday, 15 December 2005, 14:06 GMT
Armstrong faces defamation trial
Lance Armstrong
Armstrong will not have to attend the trial in Italy
Lance Armstrong has been ordered to stand trial in Italy on charges of defaming cyclist Filippo Simeoni.

The seven-times Tour de France winner lost a preliminary hearing and will be tried in Simeoni's home town of Latina, near Rome, on 7 March.

Armstrong criticised Simeoni in an interview with Le Monde in 2003.

The 34-year-old American does not face going to prison and will not have to attend the trial.




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