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Lance Armstrong's New Zealand holiday

January 30, 2011 - Auckland

American racing cyclist Lance Armstrong has been spotted in holiday hotspots across New Zealand as he takes time out from the drug allegations that continue to swirl around him.

According to the New Zealand Herald, Armstrong flew into Hawke's Bay with partner Anna Hansen and children Maxwell and Olivia on January 24, fresh from competing in Australia.

On Friday, the seven-times Tour de France winner signed autographs before boarding his private jet to Queenstown.

The 39-year-old was reportedly staying at the luxury Matakauri odge in Queenstown

Earlier, last year, Armstrong's former teammate Floyd Landis had shaken the cycling world by publicly accusing Armstrong and other team members of using performance-enhancing drugs and blood transfusions to gain an unfair advantage.

Landis had said that Armstrong had encouraged doping and that the team had sold its bikes to help finance an expensive doping program.

Armstrong, on the other hand, has always vehemently denied using performance-enhancing drugs.

The 39-year-old is considered one of the more remarkable athletes in American history, someone who dominated his sport and also had a compelling personal story, having beaten Testicular cancer.


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