Former US Postal riders Frankie Andreu and another anonymous rider's admissions that they used EPO in 1999 has caused a storm of reactions from everyone from Lance Armstrong to UCI president Pat McQuaid. The management of the Discovery Channel (formerly US Postal) team has also now issued a statement in response to the admissions, which were made to the New York Times.
"The US Postal and Discovery Channel Professional Cycling Teams have had a long standing "no tolerance" policy with respect to the use of performance enhancing drugs. No rider has ever had a positive test during the 10 years these teams have competed. However, it has recently come to light that a former rider, Frankie Andreu, has admitted to the use of a banned substance while he was a member of the team.
"We are saddened and disappointed by this recent revelation. Any suggestion that any form of doping has ever been encouraged or tolerated on this team is patently false. We have won our races (including 7 Tours de France, 1 Tour of Italy, 1 Tour of Spain, and many others) with regard for sportsmanship and fair play.
"Team management will be investigating this issue and considering all legal options and trust that the relevant authorities (USA Cycling, USADA and the UCI) will be doing the same."