Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 16 April 2014

Ex-cycling chief Hein Verbruggen in doping allegations

Former UCI president Hein Verbruggen could be called before the independent commission investigating historical doping allegations and claims of complicity to the top of world cycling.

Disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong has claimed that Verbruggen was involved in a cover up over a positive test for a steroid in 1999, the year Armstrong won his first of seven Tours de France.

UCI president Brian Cookson, who succeeded Verbruggen's successor Pat McQuaid in September, has made an independent inquiry, in conjunction with the World Anti-Doping Agency, a priority.

Armstrong, who has been stripped of his Tour titles, would be welcome to give evidence.