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Lance Armstrong Told to Pay $10 Million to Tour de France Prize Insurer

Oprah Interviews Lance Armstrong
George Burns/Oprah Winfrey Network—Getty Images In this handout photo provided by the Oprah Winfrey Network, Oprah Winfrey (not pictured) speaks with Lance Armstrong during an interview regarding the controversy surrounding his cycling career January 14, 2013 in Austin, Texas.

The athlete is locked in a legal battle with the Dallas promoter that insured some of his bonuses for winning the Tour seven times

Lance Armstrong may have thought that everyone would love an apology when he confessed to doping for all seven of his Tour de France victories, but the truth is costing him now.

The disgraced cyclist was told to pay $10 million Monday in an arbitration award decision in favor of the Dallas promotions company that insured several of his bonuses for winning the Tour.

The company, SCA Promotions, had originally gone to arbitration with Armstrong in 2005, after refusing to pay his bonuses because of doping suspicions. He denied wrongdoing, and SCA Promotions paid him a $7.5 million settlement in 2006.

But after his confession in an interview with Oprah Winfrey in 2013, the company moved to go back to arbitration. With the new decision in its favor, the company filed a motion on Monday in a Texas court to confirm the arbitration into a ruling against Armstrong, which would force him to pay.

Armstrong’s attorney told USA Today that the decision was “unprecedented.”

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