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Former Lance Armstrong teammate Yaroslav Popovych testifies before grand jury

Former Lance Armstrong cycling teammate Yaroslav Popovych testified before a federal grand jury in Los Angeles on Wednesday for 90 minutes, according to his attorney Kenneth Miller.

“I would say that after he was finished, I don’t believe he knows anything about what the grand jury is investigating,” Miller said.

Popovych, a 30-year-old from Ukraine who rode with Armstrong on teams sponsored by Discovery Channel, Astana and RadioShack, was served with a subpoena after participating in a charity ride in Austin, Texas, for Armstrong’s cancer foundation, Livestrong.

“How he was served struck me as a little peculiar,” Miller said. “It was effected on a guy at a charity ride who was going to leave Texas for a vacation with his girlfriend, a guy from Ukraine who doesn’t speak great English and didn’t really understand what was going on.”

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Miller said Popovych told him somebody walked up to him as he was leaving an autograph-signing event at a bicycle shop in Austin and followed him to his hotel. Miller also said that Popovych was told Wednesday that he is not a target of the investigation

Popovych had planned to stay in the U.S. only for four days but “they forced him to be here,” Miller said, referring to those who served the subpoena.

Among others who have testified are exercise physiologist Allen Lim, who has worked with several cycling teams including RadioShack last season, and Stephanie McIlvain, who is an Oakley sunglasses representative who worked closely with Armstrong.

diane.pucin@latimes.com

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