Make us your home page
Instagram

Get the quickest, smartest news, analysis and photos from the Bucs game emailed to you shortly after the final whistle.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Governing body denies Armstrong coverup

GENEVA — The International Cycling Union "categorically rejects" Tyler Hamilton's allegations that it helped cover up a positive drug test by Lance Armstrong at the 2001 Tour de Suisse.

The UCI insisted Monday that it had "never altered or hidden the results of a positive test," and that the seven-time Tour de France winner had never been notified of a positive finding.

"The UCI is deeply shocked by the seriousness of the allegations made on the 60 Minutes program aired by U.S. television network CBS," the body said in a statement. "The allegations of Mr. Tyler Hamilton are completely unfounded."

Hamilton said in an interview that aired Sunday that his former teammate used the blood-boosting hormone EPO to prepare for his third Tour win in 2001.

Armstrong told him the UCI helped cover up a positive test at the Swiss warmup event, Hamilton said.

"The UCI can only express its indignation at this latest attempt to damage the image of cycling by a cyclist who has not hesitated to abuse the trust of all followers of cycling on several occasions in the past," the statement said.

Hamilton, who admitted to 60 Minutes that he doped during his career, twice tested positive for banned substances.

"At no time did he see fit to inform the UCI of the events he claims to have witnessed 10 years ago, and which he is now using in his attempt to harm the UCI," the cycling body said.

"The UCI can only confirm that Lance Armstrong has never been notified of a positive test result by any anti-doping laboratory. … Once again, the UCI wishes to state that no manipulation or coverup has occurred in respect of its anti-doping procedures."

The UCI said it reserves the right to take legal action against Hamilton.

If Armstrong hadn't been doping during his run of Tour de France victories, he might have been in the minority. Of the 70 top-10 finishers during his wins, 41 have tested positive for PEDs.

CBS's 60 Minutes also reported that UCI officials helped arrange a meeting involving Armstrong and the World Anti-Doping Agency-accredited laboratory at Lausanne, which tested the Swiss race samples.

The UCI and former president Hein Verbruggen, whose 14-year run in office ended in 2005, denied such a meeting took place. Verbruggen told the Associated Press that Armstrong's doping controls had never been hidden.

"There has never, ever been a coverup. Not in the Tour de Suisse, not in the Tour de France," the Dutch official said in a telephone interview. "I don't know anything about suspicious tests. I was not aware of that."

HOTEL raided: Police carried out a search at the RadioShack team hotel, Giro d'Italia director Angelo Zomegnan said.

The search was conducted by officers of Italy's elite NAS police unit during Monday's rest day, Zomegnan told the Associated Press. He had no other details.

It was unclear if the search was related to the ongoing investigation into Michele Ferrari, a banned Italian physician who was once Armstrong's training adviser.

CYCLIST KILLED: Spain's Xavier Tondo died in a freak accident after he was crushed between his car and a garage door in southern Spain, a Civil Guard spokesman said.

Tondo, 32, was killed while trying to take his car out of the garage in a residential complex outside Granada, spokesman Juan Carlos Lopez said.

He said the cyclist got out of the car to try to get the garage door to open but his car rolled forward and pinned him against the door. The official said another person was in the front passenger seat at the time.

Governing body denies Armstrong coverup 05/23/11 [Last modified: Monday, May 23, 2011 8:04pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times

    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. Wilson Ramos feeling good and confident, eyeing late June return to Rays

    Blogs

    Sitting on the bench in the Rays dugout in his full catcher's gear, Wilson Ramos talked excitedly Tuesday about the progress in his recovery from right knee surgery and the potential to be back in the major leagues by this time next month.

    "I feel like a player right now,'' Ramos said.

    Wilson Ramos is aiming to be back with the Rays by this time next month.
  2. Tampa lands Super Bowl in 2021

    Bucs

    Tampa's Super again. Or at least it will be soon.

    Mike Tomlin celebrates with LaMarr Woodley and Troy Polamalu after the Steelers beat the Cardinals in 


Super Bowl XLIII  on February 1, 2009 at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa. [Times files (2009)
  3. Why Ryan Fitzpatrick may solve the puzzle for Bucs at backup quarterback

    Blogs

    Ryan Fitzpatrick will have to leave One Buc Place following Thursday’s off-season workout and fly home to New Jersey in time to teach a class of 10 second and third grade students how to solve the Rubiks Cube.

    The Bucs are hoping Ryan Fitzpatrick can provide the solution to their puzzle at backup quarterback behind starter Jameis Winston.
  4. For starters: Rays vs. Angels, with Cobb leading the way

    Blogs

    UPDATE, 5:32: 2B Brad Miller (abdominal strain) is not doing much in the way of baseball activity yet so that means he won't be ready when eligible to come off the DL on Friday. ... SS Matt Duffy (left heel) said he is still slowed by the big left toe he bruised taking BP on Saturday and does not have a date to …

    Alex Cobb will start tonight when the Rays play the Angels.
  5. Family a driving force for University of Tampa pitcher David Lebron

    College

    TAMPA — For University of Tampa junior pitcher David Lebron, baseball reminds him of family. He uses it to help honor the memory of his father, who taught him the game. One day, he hopes his career can help support his mother and allow her to rest.

    University of Tampa junior pitcher David Lebron (Courtesy of University of Tampa)