The UCI covered Lance Armstrong at the Tour 1999
"Lance Armstrong has confirmed that there was no collusion or conspiracy with the UCI. There has been no positive tests covered," said Pat McQuaid, president of the International Cycling Union (UCI) in a statement. "Never was nothing hidden," insists, terse and peremptory, Hein Verbruggen, chairman of the international from 1991 to 2005. Confessions Lance Armstrong of doping, television in the United States Thursday 17 and Friday 18 January, have not refreshed the memory of the UCI, which forgets the 1999 Tour de France, the first of seven won by the American .
The UCI had then accepted a medical certificate rider, who had undergone testing positive for steroids. Lance Armstrong has admitted to Oprah Winfrey that he was backdated. The UCI could then ignore this obvious cheating.
On July 4, at the end of the first stage between Montagues and Challans, Lance Armstrong, bib 181 is controlled. The report written at the time (read below) indicates the rider's name and number of the collection associated with it (157,372) and will be analyzed anonymously. Under the heading "remarks the Athlete controlled" and "medications", it says "none". It is on this line that the rider must imperatively according to UCI rules, whether it had a prescription authorizing the use of a drug. By "None", he admitted not having. Control is especially commissioned by the UCI, including a representative of the Medical Board signed the PV, along with the rider and his team manager, Johan Bruyneel.
On several occasions thereafter, the one who wears the yellow jersey insist do not follow treatment. In an interview with L'Equipe, it ensures, among other things, not to take steroids and possess no prescription may justify therapeutic use. July 20, Le Monde reported that Lance Armstrong is positive for steroids, triamcinolone acetonide. As shown in the results of the National Laboratory for Doping Detection, sampling 157 372 (see document below) has "traces" of the banned substance. Lance Armstrong is positive, as it is written out and a cross on the report. When contacted by the newspaper, Hein Verbruggen, then president of the UCI, is moved not positive but this revelation "confidential information" in the press.
"THE LIE OF ARMSTRONG COULD NEVER EXIST"
July 21, against the attack is organized. The UCI issued a press release in support of the American. It breaks the confidentiality and states that "a medical prescription was submitted to the UCI," without specifying the date. No matter that this requirement does not appear in the minutes of July 4. Lance Armstrong has confirmed last week that it was backdated to cover the positive control.
The UCI has protected the rider accepting this document forgery. She went further. In her statement, she defended the innocence of the rider and was attacking violently World, accusing him of publishing information "unfounded". In a well-tuned ballet, Lance Armstrong, silent for twenty-four hours, went out to turn the silence. Cleared by the UCI, he attacked in turn "vulture journalism", denounced the "gossip". He announced his intention to file a complaint against Le Monde, it is obviously to keep.
Contacted by Le Monde Sunday, January 20 to comment on this episode, Pat McQuaid and Hein Verbruggen, IOC influential member today, did not respond to interview requests. In 1999, the UCI has not merely to intimidate newspapers "irresponsible." Hein Verbruggen also called for the Tour de France, the French minister of sports, Marie-George Buffet. "It was an extreme virulence with respect to the policy we put in place against doping. He said that we wanted the death of cycling and the Tour de France," recalls Gilles Smadja, Chief of Staff the Minister and, incidentally, the Grande Boucle fan since childhood.
"We provided proof lies Armstrong, says the caller. Instead of putting pressure on him and his entourage, the UCI has decided to spend all his energy to show the innocence of the rider Based on an order which we are told today that it was backdated. What is now called the big lie of Armstrong, with its pathos and its share of cynicism, could never exist if international bodies of cycling had a modicum of clarity and firmness during the 1999 Tour de France. " This was the first missed opportunity and the beginning of dangerous liaisons between the American and the UCI, about which Lance Armstrong was not poured upon his half-confession.
Copy of the minutes of the check on Lance Armstrong during the Tour 1999. | The World
Copy of the analysis report indicating the positive control of Lance Armstrong in the Tour 1999. | The World