Cycle sport’s governing body, the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI), issued a statement on Monday afternoon strongly rejecting allegations made by former US pro Tyler Hamilton during an interview on American CBS news programme ’60 Minutes’ last night.

Hamilton told ’60 Minutes’ interviewer Scott Pelley that he took banned substances during his career, and that he saw Lance Armstrong take EPO. He also said the UCI was complicit in covering up a suspicious doping test result produced from a sample from Lance Armstrong during the 2001 Tour de Suisse. Hamilton alleges that the UCI made news of the test result ‘go away’ and that he heard of the test from Armstrong during the race.

The UCI statement reads: “The UCI is deeply shocked by the seriousness of the allegations made on the ’60 Minutes’ programme aired by US television network CBS, and by the extent of the media interest in the case, and wishes to state once again that it has never altered or hidden the results of a positive test.” 

“The allegations of Mr Tyler Hamilton are completely unfounded. The UCI can only express its indignation at this latest attempt to damage the image of cycling by a cyclist who has not hesitated to abuse the trust of all followers of cycling on several occasions in the past.” 

A letter was obtained by ’60 Minutes’ programme makers to the Swiss laboratory that undertook the test from the US Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) that states the 2001 sample in question was ‘suspicious’ and ‘consistent with EPO use’.

According to the programme, the director of the Swiss lab also met with Armstrong and team manager Johan Bruyneel. World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) director David Howman is then interviewed and brands such a meeting ‘highly unusual’. It is also alleged that a representative of the UCI organised the meeting.

Floyd Landis also made an allegation a year ago that the UCI covered up a positive dope test returned from one of Lance Armstrong’s samples taken during the 2001 Tour de Suisse. Earlier this month the UCI announced that it was taking court action against Landis relating to the claims.

Both Hamilton and Landis were part of Armstrong’s US Postal team during the period between the late 1990s and early 2000s. The ’60 Minutes’ programme also claims that another former US Postal rider, George Hincapie, has told a Grand Jury that he and Armstrong took EPO. The Grand Jury are studying evidence in a case under investigation by the US Food and Drug Administration into organised doping within the US Postal squad.

On this latter point, the UCI says: “The UCI confidently awaits the results of the inquiry being conducted by the US justice system. It hopes that the investigations may be concluded swiftly and the truth ascertained, so that the sport of cycling may be spared further unnecessary damage.” 

External links
UCI statement in full
’60 Minutes’ interview with Tyler Hamilton

Related links
Hincapie the latest to tell of Armstrong’s doping
Hamilton admits to doping says he saw Armstrong take EPO
UCI to take Landis to court over allegations
May 2010: Landis admits he doped and implicates others 
November 2010: European trip suggests Armstrong doping probe is moving ahead

  • dave

    Lucas,

    I’m not missing the point, what I am getting at is that Cycling as a sport will suffer and how much longer will sponsors be willing to fund a tarnished sport. No sponsors equals no professional cycling resulting in no longer will there be a profession to follow, classics and tours to enjoy. In the meantime all other sports who do not test to the same degree will carry on with drug cheats safe in the knowledge of being caught are virtually non existant and as a result no bad publicity. Look at the only press just now on football and it is Super Injunctions.

  • Not Fred

    Fred,

    The UCI is ‘stuffed with French people’ is it?

    Ha ha ha. Nice one.

    It may be incompetent but it’s not a French organisation, nor are the majority of people French.

  • Lucas

    Dave, You are missing the whole point.
    This is not a cycling issue, it is the American legal system that are investigating Armstong. This is a guy who as made milliond out of endorsements and sponsorship because he was a multi Tour winner.
    If he is proved to have doped that means he cheated both the public and the companies who endorsed him, and that is fraud.

    .

  • Mike

    The sun is, finally, about to set on both the UCI and Team Armstrong.
    I gain great satisfaction from seeing cheats and bullys brought low.
    Live by the sword, die by the sword.

  • Dave

    Interesting how it is only American discredited riders who are spitting in the soup.
    Looking at the whole sorry mess, Lance ,Floyd and Tyler plus Lemond and Adreau, UCI ,Bjarne et al is would have been better to have ignored the whole sorry mess with the benefit of hindsight.
    No way do I condone doping but the sport I have loved for over 50 years is being dragged through the mud now by Federal investigators, French and Italian Anti drug police and this only will give ammunition to the Anti cycling press who will concentrate on this and leave the other (lucrative ) sports like Athletics and Football getting away with it.

  • Cavologuardi

    The UCI would make the corrupt little trolls that run FIFA blush.

  • Simon Evans

    To take performance enhancing drugs is one thing, but to systematically go about trying to ruin the lives of anybody who dares question your ethics is another. Cheating, lying, bullying, bribery – this is one sordid tale. I hope they all rot in jail, UCI cronies included.

  • arronski

    Armstrong thinks he is bigger than cycling, no way could he win 7 consecutive Tours clean and he had the backing of top doctors, Bruyneel and the UCI and hi’s lieutenants who have now broken the silence…the end is nigh !!! What goes around comes around (karma police) !!!

  • Fred

    I’m no supporter of LA but I can’t imagine that the UCI (stuffed full of French cycling officials who universally hate Armstrong) would miss the opportunity of a potential positive test to bring him down.

  • oldhedgey

    This elongated saga just spirals down and down into a seemingly bottomless pit. Anyone aware of goings-on in other sports may care to consider the question as to which organisation is the most useless and out-of touch – UCI; FIFA; or RFU?

  • martin

    what about armstrong ‘donating’ $120,000 to the UCI around the time concerned?

    can’t wait for all these UCI jokers and Bruyneel & Co to be called in front of the grand jury. perhaps then we can get things sorted right from the rotten core

  • adam

    I like the UCI statement that Hamilton is damaging their credibility. Er, sorry guys, you really need no help on that front….

  • Brian

    I think it is time to get rid of the UCI. This organization has proved by its actions to be corrupted to the core. They basically adopt the very same strategy than their long-term buddy Lance Armstrong. Hamilton has no credibility. Of course not a single word from the ‘holly credible’ UCI on the testimony of the director of the Swiss laboratory that undertook Armstrong 2001 positive test at the TDS. Instead the UCI deeply hope “cycling [will soon] be spared further UNNECESSARY damage”. For sure it is absolutely unnecessary to expose the culture of doping in the sport of cycling and the involvement of the UCI.

  • barry D

    Well they had 2 options
    one – admit its true, which they never will till the Armstrong trial, when hopefully McQuaid and the rest of the UCI mafia will be indicted.
    two – deny everything and then threaten to sue Hamilton, CBS, All its staff and the rest of the cycling world who keeps repeating it, in a Swiss court.
    Seems the threat of a court writ against Floyd Landis still has not reached a Swiss Court.