Former UCI president Hein Verbruggen called Lance Armstrong’s claim that he helped cover up the rider’s doping at the 1999 Tour de France a ‘ridiculous story’
Lance Armstrong claims former UCI president Hein Verbuggen instigated a cover-up of his doping at the 1999 Tour de France.
British judge Philip Otton, Paralympic great Tanni-Grey Thompson and Australian lawyer Malcolm Holmes will investigate the governing body’s links to the Lance Armstrong doping case.
The UCI said Armstrong and “all other affected riders” in the case should return their prize money. That amounts to almost $4 million in Tour money from Armstrong.
Having won seven Tour de France titles is no longer part of Lance Armstrong’s Twitter profile.
Lance Armstrong was stripped of his seven Tour de France titles and banned by cycling’s governing body after a report that accused him of leading a doping program on his teams.
The 41-year-old Armstrong retired in 2011. Armstrong won the Tour de France each year from 1999 to 2005, but USADA said those victories are now erased when it banned him.