Monday 20 May 2019

Cycling: World governing body slammed for accepting $100,000 from Lance Armstrong

Martyn Ziegler

THE world governing body for cycling has been criticised for accepting a cash donation from disgraced Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong.

The International Cycling Union (UCI) has admitted accepting a donation of more than $100,000 (€76,000) from Armstrong in 2002, but has strongly denied that it was connected to any cover-up of a positive test.

Dr Michael Ashenden, acknowledged as the foremost expert in blood doping and the man whose test caught Armstrong's US Postal team-mate Tyler Hamilton, told BBC Radio Five Live's programme 'Peddlers - Cycling's Dirty Truth': "The UCI should never have accepted money from Armstrong under any circumstances.

"But if they took money after they were aware there were grounds to suspect Armstrong had used EPO it takes on a really sinister complexion."

Ashenden said there was a worrying triangle involving Armstrong, the UCI and a drug-testing laboratory in Lausanne.

He added: "We know Armstrong paid the UCI more than 100,000 US dollars and around that time the UCI gave the Lausanne laboratory free use of a blood analyser worth 60-70,000 US dollars.

"That's what I mean by a triangle; the laboratory then meets with Armstrong, all of this takes place at about the time that Floyd Landis and Tyler Hamilton said under oath that Armstrong bragged he had managed to have a result covered up."

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