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Cycling group calls Hamilton’s doping allegation ‘indignation’

By Lynn Herrmann     May 26, 2011 in Sports
Aigle - The International Cycling Union (UCI) has called former gold medal cyclist Tyler Hamilton’s allegations of seven-time Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong’s deal with the union to make a positive drug test result disappear an “indignation.”
Responding to the disgraced Hamilton’s comments in a "60 Minutes" interview, the UCI issued a statement noting: “The UCI can only confirm that Lance Armstrong has never been notified of a positive test result by any anti-doping laboratory,”and added it may respond to the accusation in an appropriate manner.
Hamilton, forced to retire in 2009 when his second positive doping test earned him an eight-year ban from the sport, recently forfeited his 2004 Olympics gold medal to the US Anti-Doping Agency, now finds himself the center of Dopegate.
The ex-gold medal winner admitted last week to CBS News he used performance-enhancing drugs, and said Armstrong did, as well. “I saw him inject it more than one time like we all did, like I did many, many times.”
Hamilton also accused Armstrong of working a deal with the UCI to make a positive test result during the 2001 Tour of Switzerland disappear, saying Armstrong “figured out a way for it to go away,” BBC notes.
The UCI condemned Hamilton’s comments, continuing in its statement: “The allegations are completely unfounded. The UCI can only express its indignation at this latest attempt to damage the image of cycling by a cyclist who has not hesitated to abuse the trust of all followers of cycling on several occasions in the past.”
Hamilton, a former teammate of Armstrong’s on the US Postal Service (USPS) team, was forced into his current position, in part, after receiving a subpoena in a federal investigation involving Armstrong and doping. His comments come after Floyd Landis, another USPS team member, was stripped of his 2006 Tour de France title for his part in the doping scandal.
Collectively, the two disgraced riders have accused Armstrong and 15 other riders and cycling officials of doping.
Regarding Hamilton’s latest allegation involving the UCI, the group noted appropriate action could be forthcoming: “At no time did he see fit to inform the UCI of the events he claims to have witnessed 10 years ago, and which he is now using in his attempt to harm the UCI.
“The UCI will continue to defend its honour and credibility by all means available, and reserves the right to take any measures it deems necessary against Mr Hamilton or any other person.”
The group called for a swift investigation to help put an end to the cycling doping scandal.
Armstrong, who claims he is the most tested athlete in sports history, responded via twitter to Hamilton’s comments: “20+ year career. 500 drug controls worldwide, in and out of competition. Never failed a test. I rest my case,” BBC reports
In a statement on, attorney Mark Fabiani accused CBS News of lacking integrity in the Hamilton affair, claiming the news group “demonstrated a serious lack of journalistic fairness and has elevated sensationalism over responsibility.”
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