Verbruggen Slams Lance Armstrong ‘Cover-Up’ Claims

LONDON, Dec 18, 2013 (AFP) - Former head of world cycling Hein Verbruggen has angrily rejected claims from Lance Armstrong that he helped to cover up a positive drug test for the disgraced American cyclist. Last month, Armstrong alleged that in 1999 Verbruggen, the former president of the UCI, encouraged him to hush up a positive test for a banned corticosteroid found in a cream for … [Read more...]

UCI Presidency Duel To Cast Shadow Over The Rainbow Jersey

by Justin Davis FLORENCE, Italy, Sept 23, 2013 (AFP) - The battle for cycling's prestigious rainbow jersey could be overshadowed at the world road championships this week by a duel between the men bidding to lead the sport into a new, doping-free era. A little over a year after the Lance Armstrong affair left cycling in tatters, incumbent International Cycling Union … [Read more...]

Former Cycling Chief Hein Verbruggen Admits Riders Were Tipped Off


THE HAGUE, Jan 23, 2013 (AFP) - The former head of world cycling on Wednesday said that the sport's governing body previously warned riders that they were at risk of failing drug tests but denied that there was every a cover-up of positive results. Hein Verbruggen was president of the International Cycling Union (UCI) when Lance Armstrong won seven, straight Tour de France titles that he … [Read more...]

Verbruggen Dismisses UCI-Armstrong Cover-Up


THE HAGUE, Jan 19, 2013 - Former world cycling chief Hein Verbruggen has dismissed allegations that the sport's governing body covered up for Lance Armstrong after the shamed rider admitted doping in a television interview. The Dutchman, International Cycling Union president at the time of Armstrong's seven Tour de France wins between 1999 and 2005, told the ANP news agency on Friday … [Read more...]

Journalist Kimmage Lodges UCI Criminal Complaint

PARIS, Nov 1, 2012 - Former cyclist turned journalist Paul Kimmage has started criminal proceedings against International Cycling Union president Pat McQuaid and honorary president Hein Verbruggen. The move, announced by Kimmage on Twitter on Thursday, counters the defamation case the two cycling officials are themselves taking against Kimmage who has been a constant critic of the … [Read more...]

Verbruggen Denies Backing Armstrong

THE HAGUE, Oct 18, 2012 (AFP) - Former International Cycling Union (UCI) boss Hein Verbruggen dismissed a report in a Dutch newspaper Thursday which claimed he still backed disgraced cycling icon Lance Armstrong. Verbruggen, who was the president of the sport's world governing body from 1991 to 2005, during the time of Armstrong's seven consecutive Tour de France wins, was quoted in … [Read more...]

Landis Doubts Contador, Says UCI “Protected” Riders

BERLIN - Disgraced cyclist Floyd Landis has placed doubt on reigning Tour de France champion Alberto Contador's claims that a positive test for clenbuterol was down to contaminated meat. And the American, speaking on German television Sunday, claimed that world cycling chiefs have protected top riders from the scandal of positive doping tests for the past 20 years. Contador, who has … [Read more...]

Landis Hires LeMond Lawyer

Floyd Landis, who last month admitted doping throughout his cycling career and accused Lance Armstrong and others, has hired a law firm that once represented US cyclist Greg LeMond, the New York Daily News reported. Landis, formerly of US Postal and Phonak, caused a sensation last month when he admitted to systematic doping prior to being stripped of his Tour de France crown in 2006. … [Read more...]

UCI Claims ‘No Conflict Of Interest’ In Armstrong Donation

PLAN DE CORONES, Italy, May 25, 2010 (AFP) - World cycling chief Pat McQuaid rejected claims there was a conflict of interest in the sport's governing body accepting a 100,000 dollar donation from Lance Armstrong. Armstrong, the seven-times Tour de France champion, was forced on the defensive once more last week after stinging allegations of systematic doping were leveled at him by former … [Read more...]

Verbruggen and Pound Close War Of Words

GENEVA, Dec 17, 2009 (AFP) - The International Cycling Union (UCI) and former World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) president Dick Pound said Thursday that they had settled a lawsuit over allegedly injurious comments by Pound. The ICU, its former president Hein Verbruggen and Pound released a joint statement closing the litigation in a Swiss court over comments by the outspoken Canadian founding … [Read more...]