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Two more weeks for Armstrong investigation

UCI president Pat McQuaid has said that the results of the investigation into the L'Equipe allegations that Lance Armstrong used EPO in the 1999 Tour de France should be known within the next two weeks. McQuaid was speaking to journalists at the Giro d'Italia on Friday, and told Reuters "Dutch lawyer Emile Vrijman is currently writing his final conclusions and I understand the results will be published in the next two weeks. 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."

French sports newspaper L'Equipe published an article in August last year, claiming to have proof that Armstrong would have tested positive six times during the '99 Tour had there been an EPO test in place. Armstrong's six year-old frozen urine samples were among those tested by the French national anti-doping laboratory in Châtenay-Malabry, which was doing research into improving the EPO test. L'Equipe matched the sample numbers with Armstrong's medical control sheet, which it obtained from the UCI, and showed that six of the samples would have given a positive result. There were other riders who were also "positive", but these were not identified by L'Equipe.

Following the allegations, the UCI launched an independent investigation led by experienced Dutch lawyer Emile Vrijman. Armstrong, who is now very much retired, has always denied using performance enhancing drugs.

Cyclingnews coverage of the L'Equipe allegations

June 27, 2006 - Carmichael defends Armstrong, Armstrong answers L'Equipe & LeMond
June 26, 2006 - LeMond: "Armstrong threatened my life"
June 19, 2006 - Armstrong calls for Pound's exit
June 18, 2006 - Lance Armstrong's open letter against Dick Pound
June 4, 2006 - UCI hits back at WADA
June 3, 2006 - WADA slams the Vrijman report
June 2, 2006 - L'Equipe stands by its story, UCI supports Vrijman's findings
June 1, 2006 - UCI, WADA and Armstrong react to Vrijman's report
May 31, 2006 - UCI lawyer asks for Armstrong's name to be cleared
May 14, 2006 - Two more weeks for Armstrong investigation

Click here for full coverage of the L'Equipe allegations.

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