May 12, 2006
UCI Armstrong doping probe to wind up within 2 weeks
UCI president Pat McQuaid says he expects results within 2 weeks from an independent investigation into allegations raised by L'Equipe that Lance Armstrong used EPO during the 1999 Tour de France.
McQuaid was visiting the Giro d'Italia in Forli, Italy, when he said a Dutch lawyer, Emile Vrijman, is finishing the report “and I understand the results will be published in the next two weeks.” Vrijman formerly headed the Netherlands' anti-doping agency.
The UCI's medical chief, Mario Zorzoli, provided the documents L'Equipe used, apparently in the mistaken belief that there was no way to trace the results to any particular rider. Zorzoli was suspended for a month when the L'Equipe story broke.
McQuaid makes it sound like the UCI doesn't know what it will do with the report: “I haven't a clue what's in the report but we will be given a copy and it is possible it will be made public.”
Update: The report was released on May 31.
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Does anyone have Ullrich urine fron when he won the tour? What about Merckx? What about Lemond? Wait, what about Induran? He also won alot of tours and he's not French. Find another way to accept defeat, don't try and tarnish the image of the man who brought back hard work to the tour. In the U.S. we usually stop acting like this when we leave high school,...that's at age 18!
Posted by: Tony at May 12, 2006 6:39:16 PM
The sad truth is that L'Equipe knows they have nothing to draw readers to their rag.
Armstrong has retired, pantani has died, add to that there are no promising french contenders for the grand tours.
We will be reading for years to come that armstrong was dirty.
Sounds like sour grapes to me.
Posted by: paul at May 12, 2006 10:31:38 PM
The French Press (L'Equipe)is just that, a french press. You drop coffee grounds into a narrow glass cylinder and add hot water. As the water begins to cloud up into a dark mirky color, you then press the grounds to the bottom with a sort of plunger device and what you end up with is an over-exaggerated, foul tasting, cup of muck.
Posted by: Jackie Moore/Pendleton at May 14, 2006 4:51:51 PM
Grapes? Coffee? You guys are so subtle..but is anyone interested in the tour of france(suggested name from now on) this year anyway? LeBlanc and Prudhomme's continued involvement and continued cheap shots render it too tacky, and the resulting lack of interest in who seizes the crown render it too boring, to waste good summer hours that could be spent slapping mosquitos. You know, those whining, petty insects that exist only to suck the blood from higher forms of life...
My son wants me to add that those guys are four-eyed fruitheaded peabrains. Hmm, he's got a point.
Posted by: sean mccarthy at May 18, 2006 8:10:47 PM
Armstrong said: "cyclism is clear, there is no cheater"
And what is appeared in Spain?
May be 100 cheaters!
With EPO, performance are icreasing by 30%.
All the Virenque's team used EPO. What can you mean when you compare the times of Virenque with EPO and of Armstrong in Alpes d'Huez?
If Armstrong and others didn't use EPO, so they are superman.
Sorry my english is so perfect.
Posted by: Ernesto at Jun 1, 2006 12:16:25 PM
The French Press (L'Equipe) has bitten off too much this time and there is no way out. It's a "Catch 22" for them. If they admit there was no story, they loose credibility. If they apologize, they loose credibility (an apology will never happen). Someone in L'Equipe must be really pissed off at Armstrong, maybe that's where the story really should be.
Posted by: Gabe Castillo at Jun 2, 2006 1:27:56 PM
If you read Vrijman's report, it's pretty clear it's not L'Equipe who is primarily out to get Armstrong.
I outlined what I got out of the report here.
Posted by: TdFblog's Frank at Jun 2, 2006 2:07:33 PM