Lance Armstrong Is What Everyone Is Talking About

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Verbruggen, who was the head of cycling's world governing body from 1991 to 2005, also said that he was "not responsible" for the numerous doping scandals to have damaged the sport over the years.

The 71 year-old Dutchman, who is an honorary president of the UCI and the International Olympic Committee (IOC), has been named in reports that claim the UCI were handed suspicious donations from Armstrong following an alleged positive test at the 2001 edition of the Tour of Switzerland.

Armstrong, who won seven Tours de France during Verbruggen's tenure, was stripped of his titles last year before he was handed a lifetime ban from the sport. The Texan's first interview following his ban is due to be broadcast on Friday morning at 2am (GMT) after he met with Oprah Winfrey earlier this week.

Despite the sport appearing on the brink of implosion and a very real threat of cycling being dropped form the Olympic Games, Verbruggen remains oblivious to the damage that has been done to the sport following the United States Anti-doping Agency's (USADA) damning 1,000 page report into doping in Armstrong's US Postal Service team in the late 1990s.

Verbruggen, who last year said that “Armstrong [had] never used doping", now claims that "nobody knew anything [about Armstrong's doping] for sure. We [the UCI] knew as much as the journalists."

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Emily's picture

What is this guys deal?  No one cares but, the disgruntle teammates he left in the dust after his cycling career was done.  

Emily's picture

What is this guys deal?  No one cares but, the disgruntle teammates he left in the dust after his cycling career was done.  Jealousy is surely a green eyed monster.

I don't know an athelete that will have not tried supplements to improve their stamina or something that would enhance their physical abilities.  Although, if enhancing abilities are illegal for your sport you should just fess up and  let it go.  

faith's picture

God Speed Lance!

Mason's picture

Doping is cheating!

Lance would never dope...lol, never

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