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Verbruggen denies responsibility for cycling's problems

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Cycling News
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January 16, 2013, 09:12,
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January 16, 2013, 13:04
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Second Edition Cycling News, Wednesday, January 16, 2013
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Dutchman claims not to understand the “whole fuss”

Former UCI President Hein Verbruggen has again denied any responsibility for the doping scandals that have damaged professional cycling so much during his tenure as the head of the sport.

Verbruggen, 71, was UCI president from 1991 to 2005, during which period Armstrong won seven Tours de France. The Dutchman is still a honorary president of the UCI and the International Olympic Committee. He is now the president of SportAccord, the umbrella organisation that works with international federations with a range of services, including anti-doping.

Lance Armstrong had a close relationship with Verbruggen but the Texan is reportedly set to indict the UCI for its involvement with doping in cycling in his television interview to be broadcast Thursday.

Last May Verbruggen was quoted as saying “Lance Armstrong has never used doping. Never, never, never.” He later denied saying that, claiming instead that he meant that Armstrong had never tested positive.

Now he struggles to see how he and the UCI can be blamed for the doping scandals of the last 20 years.

“I don't understand the whole fuss at all,” Verbruggen said in an interview with the Dutch magazine De Muur. “If you test someone 215 times and he is always negative, then the problem is in the test itself. Well, I'm not responsible."

"It is easy to say, 'you knew it!' but nobody knew anything for sure. We only had suspicions (...) We did what we could only detect nothing we could. (...) I don't understand all this fuss at all (...) We knew as much as the journalists....”

Verbruggen was also at the UCI when Armstrong donated money to allegedly purchase drug testing equipment, an idea the Dutchman now accepts was a mistake. “In retrospect, I should not have taken the money,” he said.

He also attacked Tyler Hamilton, who exposed much about doping in cycling in his book “The Secret Race". 

“That liar is now the hero of the press,” Verbruggen said.

 

 

Chuck_T More than 1 year ago
Grub!
thelowerdepths More than 1 year ago
rule No1 : deny deny deny … rule No2 : when caught in the lie, reshape the answer … rule No3 : when all else fails, shift the blame to anyone and everyone else … so far, it's all going according to plan …
gribble More than 1 year ago
He sounds like a drunk driver who blames the car for the crash... It happened on your watch Verbruggen, you are THE person responsible. Resign!
Deagol More than 1 year ago
Kind of like Ronald Reagan and the Iran-Contra scandal.
Strydz More than 1 year ago
What a shock! Also have to love the attack on Hamilton, shows real class
skippy More than 1 year ago
Phats of Aigle Mantra : rule No1 : deny deny deny … rule No2 : when caught in the lie, reshape the answer … rule No3 : when all else fails, shift the blame to anyone and everyone else … RULE 4 Create a Commission , limit it's terms of reference , blindfold & Handcuff it and expect the same results as the " Vjiman Report "! NOTHING changes ! UCIIC has asked for witnesses to respond ! Here is the link , i have replied and expect there are many better than me out there able to HELP MAKE A DIFFERENCE : http://editor.des07.com/vo/?FileID=03a7278b-0340-4cfd-93d1-2680e094d3f6&m=494e59b2-ac98-4e59-84b0-ee2d35309d4c&MailID=25854363
rule#5 More than 1 year ago
"Well, I'm not responsible" what a joke,if your not who is? both hein and pat need to be gone.fresh start is needed at uci,because right now they are an embarrassment. the fact that neither of them can see that,is most discouraging.
rule#5 More than 1 year ago
oh,yeah and the attack on tyler,just because he blew the whistle on corrupt shit going on...priceless and classy.
Mr.DNA More than 1 year ago
Hein "The Buck Stops There" Verbruggen
dhm600 More than 1 year ago
From road.cc June 11, 2010: Lance Armstrong slams French anti-doping body's call for more drugs tests as "bullshit". Still a good read to see how far the UCI was involved in watering down strong testing. They (LA and his UCI pals) then asked Sarkozy (French President and LA fanboy) to fire the head of the lab. Which happened. Lance sent him a Trek. Link: road.cc/content/news/18587-lance-armstrong-slams-french-anti-doping-bodys-call-more-drugs-tests-bullshit