Zorzoli back in the UCI

The UCI has lifted its suspension of its medical chief, Dr Mario Zorzoli, following the completion of an internal investigation into the Armstrong-L'Equipe affair, ANP reported. Dr Zorzoli was suspended when it was discovered that he had supplied copies of Armstrong's medical records to L'Equipe journalist Damien Ressiot. Ressiot used them to link Armstrong to six of his urine samples taken at the 1999 Tour de France that showed traces of EPO. The samples were being tested for research purposes only, and there were an additional six 'positives' belonging to other riders, who weren't identified by L'Equipe.

Armstrong has maintained his innocence throughout, while the UCI started an independent investigation into the affair to try to determine who was at fault, and whether there was a possibility of any retrospective sanctions being applied to Armstrong. Armstrong has even supported Dr Zorzoli during his suspension.

As yet, the UCI has not revealed any of the details of the outcome of the investigation.

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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