Ex-UCI chief Verbruggen denies backing Armstrong

Oct 19, 2012, 08:43 IST | AFP

Former International Cycling Union (UCI) boss Hein Verbruggen dismissed a report in a Dutch newspaper yesterday which claimed he still backed disgraced cycling icon Lance Armstrong

Verbruggen, who was the president of the sport’s world governing body during the time of Armstrong’s seven consecutive Tour de France wins, was quoted in De Telegraaf as saying: “Armstrong has never been tested positive including by the USADA (the US Anti-Doping Agency).

There is therefore not a trace of proof.” But Verbruggen, who is now UCI honorary president, issued a strongly-worded statement through UCI slating the “tone of De Telegraaf’s article which unjustly states that despite USADA’s dossier I still insist there is no proof” against Armstrong.

The USADA report was based upon testimony from 26 witnesses that include 11 former Armstrong teammates.

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