|The president of cycling's world governing body supplied L'Equipe with documents the French sports newspaper used to accuse Lance Armstrong of doping at the 1999 Tour de France, World Anti-Doping Agency chief Dick Pound said Thursday. |
Pound said he received a letter from Hein Verbruggen, head of the cycling body, known by its initials UCI, saying he had provided L'Equipe's reporter with forms indicating Armstrong had tested positive for EPO during his first Tour victory.
"Mr. Verbruggen told us that he showed all the forms of Mr. Armstrong to L'Equipe and that he even gave the journalist a copy of one of the documents," Pound said during a conference call from Montreal.
"I don't understand why they're not stepping up to that and saying, 'Well, I guess we do know how the name got public, we made it possible,'" he said.
Last month, L'Equipe published evidence allegedly showing that six of Armstrong's frozen urine samples from 1999 came back positive for endurance-boosting EPO when they were retested last year. The seven-time Tour champion denied ever using banned drugs and said he was the victim of a "witch hunt."
Last Friday, the UCI said it had not received enough information to make a judgment on the accusations. It also criticized L'Equipe for targeting Armstrong and Pound for making public statements on the "likely guilt of the athlete" without knowing all the facts.
The UCI, based in Lausanne, Switzerland, said Thursday that Verbruggen was "really astonished" by Pound's latest comments and accused him of "making false accusations."
UCI spokesman Enrico Carpani said UCI wrote to WADA on Sept. 5 saying it had handed one document to L'Equipe's journalist.
"Mr. Verbruggen is of the opinion that this declaration by Mr. Pound is a demonstration of his bad faith because Mr. Pound knows very well that the other five documents do not come from UCI," he said. "Mr. Pound cannot pretend that he did not know that."www.beaufortgazette.com/24hour/sports/story/2723195p-11288972c.html