Rogge Finds Landis Needs Proof of Lance Armstrong Doping Claims

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05/21/2010| 0 comments
by AP

Rogge Finds Landis Needs Proof of Lance Armstrong Doping Claims

Floyd Landis admitted to doping, says Armstrong was involved.

lot of the pupils and youngsters there. It was a great thing for them to be in the picture with him."

Verbruggen said he was told a few weeks ago that Landis would be making his allegations.

"The guy has been lying for three years and spending zillions of money to defend his own lies," Verbruggen said. "Now he is broke and he comes out with a different story."

The UCI issued a statement denying changing or concealing a positive test result, and Bruyneel said, "I absolutely deny everything (Landis) said."

Rogge welcomed Landis's confession of his own doping.

"The fact that he is coming out is something that we applaud," he said. "It will clear his conscience. An admission is proof under the WADA Code and you should be penalized."

Fahey, reached by phone in Melbourne, Australia, said Landis' confessions didn't surprise him.

"There was absolutely no doubt about the decision in the Court of Arbitration for Sport on his final appeal," Fahey said. "They saw him as being a cheat, and in this context, he has now admitted it, and I am pleased. There is no contrition, however, no apology, and I regret that."

In two e-mails obtained Thursday by The Associated Press, Landis admitted for the first time what had long been suspected - that he was guilty of doping for several years before being stripped of his 2006 Tour title.

"I want to clear my conscience," Landis told ESPN.com. "I don't want to be part of the problem any more."

Neither Landis nor his family returned repeated messages from the AP.

The Wall Street Journal first reported the details of the e-mails. The newspaper also reported Landis was cooperating with the Food & Drug Administration's criminal investigations unit and had met with FDA special agent Jeff Novitzky, the lead investigator in the BALCO case.

In an e-mail Landis sent to USA Cycling chief Steve Johnson, he said Armstrong's positive EPO test was in 2002, around the time he won the Tour de Suisse. Armstrong won the Tour de Suisse in 2001 and did not compete in 2002.

"We're a little confused," Armstrong said.

The e-mail to Johnson also said: "Look forward to much more detail as soon as you can demonstrate that you can be trusted to do the right thing."

Landis also implicated at least 16 other people in various doping acts, including longtime Armstrong confidant George Hincapie, Olympic medalist Levi Leipheimer and Canadian cyclist Michael Barry.

The Wall Street Journal reported another e-mail from Landis also linked another top American racer, Dave Zabriskie, to doping.

"At the end of the day, he pointed the finger at everybody still involved in cycling," Armstrong said.

Landis is part of a long list of former Armstrong teammates and former U.S. Postal Service riders who have either acknowledged or been caught doping.

USA Cycling would not comment about Landis' series of e-mails, citing its policy on not discussing "doping allegations, investigations or any aspect of an adjudication process." The U.S. Anti-Doping Agency also declined comment for similar reasons.

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