UCI Assisted Armstrong To Cheat

The head of the United States Anti-Doping Agency, Travis Tygart, has claimed that the director of the drug testing laboratory in Lausanne told him that he offered disgraced cycling icon Lance Armstrong and his team manager, Johan Bruyneel, with information to avoid positive tests for EPO, a blood-boosting agent.

It was revealed that the world governing body of cycling, the UCI, arranged the meeting Lance Armstrong, Bruyneel and Martial Saugy, the director of the laboratory in Switzerland. However, the UCI claims that meetings were set up as a deterrent to show riders that the cycling world body was getting tough on doping and not to show them how to beat the testers.

The name, reputation, and money of Lance went to a sudden toss down after the release of reasoned decision by USADA. It was concluded by USADA report the that Armstrong enforced “the most sophisticated, professionalized and successful doping program that sport has ever seen”. The cyclist is the founder of the Livestrong Foundation, originally called the Lance Armstrong Foundation, but stepped down as the chairman of the Livestrong after the USADA report.

Tygart said that the meeting occurred the year after Armstrong had provided a suspect sample at the Tour of Switzerland that had been tested in Lausanne. The UCI is already amid allegations that it accepted a donation of £125,000 to cover up those test results of Lance Armstrong. Though the UCI established an independent commission to examine the charges against itself, it recently disbanded the commission saying that WADA had termed it as “useless.”

Meanwhile, the cyclist who admitted to using banned substances throughout his seven consecutive Tour de France wins, recently remarked that a truth and reconciliation commission is the only way for cycling to move on from its drug-addled past. The cyclist went on to issue a warning that doing nothing would consign the sport to stagnation and decline. Armstrong also said that no one will show up without an amnesty and said no generation of professional cyclists was exempt from doping and WADA should be taking the charge of the amnesty process and not the UCI.

Lance Armstrong also remarked that he was the victim of cycling’s doping culture and said he was made the ”fall guy” for the sport’s problems. The cyclist said he was the product of cycling’s cheating down the years and said he would be the ”first through the door” at any truth and reconciliation commission. While referring to the American authorities who have given him a deadline of February 6 to come clean about his doping past if he wants to reduce his life ban, Lance said that was a stunt by Travis to make me look self-serving.

The UCI has come under dark clouds of accusations and has been accused of turning a blind eye to doping activities of Armstrong and mass doping within the peloton. To add to its woes, WADA and USADA are not happy with it over its refusal over the creation of a truth and reconciliation commission and in particular an amnesty for drug cheats.

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