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.

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