Hein Verbruggen: 'My conscience is clean'

Hein Verbruggen

Hein Verbruggen officially turned his back on cycling and its recent scandals, including the Lance Armstrong doping investigation. In a letter to the national federations, which Italian website Tuttobiciweb published on Sunday, the former UCI president outlined his accomplishments and tried to clarify his name.

"I have never acted inappropriately and that my conscience is absolutely clean," the 72-year-old Dutchman wrote. "With the benefit of hindsight, however, I admit that I could have done some things differently, but I do not accept that my integrity is in doubt."

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Gregor Brown

Gregor Brown is an experienced cycling journalist, based in Florence, Italy. He has covered races all over the world for over a decade - following the Giro, Tour de France, and every major race since 2006. His love of cycling began with freestyle and BMX, before the 1998 Tour de France led him to a deep appreciation of the road racing season.