Tuesday 20 February 2018

Contador backs 'lynched' Lance

Spaniard Alberto Contador has expressed support for the disgraced Lance Armstrong.
Spaniard Alberto Contador has expressed support for the disgraced Lance Armstrong.

Spaniard Alberto Contador has expressed support for the disgraced Lance Armstrong, saying the American was being "humiliated and lynched" by doping accusations which have led to him being stripped of his seven Tour de France titles.

"In certain places Lance is not being treated with any respect," said Contador, a double Tour champion who returned from a two-year doping ban in August.

"He is being humiliated and lynched. He is being destroyed," added the Saxo Bank-Tinkoff rider, who had a difficult relationship with Armstrong when they were team-mates at Astana.

"People are talking about Lance but there has not been any new test. It's based exclusively on witness statements that could have existed in 2005.

"What there is (in terms of evidence) I don't know; what I do know is that if cycling is popular in the United States it's thanks to him."

Racing

Frankie Dettori proved you can't keep a good man down as he booted home a winner at Newmarket on his first day back in the saddle since his split from Godolphin was revealed on Sunday.

The Italian's 18-year contract with Sheikh Mohammed's racing operation is coming to a close, but he showed all his old dash aboard Goodwood Mirage. Dettori (41) got the better of Legal Waves and Yarroom -- after that pair had fought out a protracted battle -- aboard the 12/1 shot.

The John Dunlop-trained newcomer picked up in stirring fashion to score by three-quarters of a length, arriving in the winner's circle to a rousing reception.

hockey

Irish representatives Lisnagarvey face a formidable challenge as they enter the first round of the EuroHockey league in East Grinstead over the weekend.

The Hillsborough outfit have avoided the home team, and a face off with the GB-declared former Ireland international duo of Iain Lewers and Mark Gleghorne.

They will not be pitted either against the Antwerp Dragons, who have Dubliner Stephen Butler pulling the strings. Instead, the draw has put the Ulstermen into the same group as Dutch league leaders Bloemendaal and Lille.

Lisnagarvey will hope Timmy Cockram can find his scoring touch. He is joined in the panel by just one other current Irish squad member, Johnny Bell.

Irish Independent

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