Following reports in AP, the UCI categorically rejects allegations of collusion made by USADA CEO Travis Tygart at a French Senate hearing Thursday and states categorically that it has nothing to hide.
A spokesperson for cyclingâs governing body said: âThe fact is that Mr Tygart has no evidence of any wrongdoing and has chosen to make headlines on a convenient interpretation of a conversation he had with Lance Armstrong.
âHe should establish the facts before jumping to conclusions. The UCI welcomes any assistance and clarification that Lance Armstrong may wish to give Mr Tygart on the matterâ. The UCI went on to refute the version of events that Tygart gave to the French Senate concerning the disbanding of the Independent Commission, established to look into the UCIâs role in the Armstrong affair.
âItâs all very well Mr Tygart talking about cooperation, but letâs not forget that the Independent Commission was only disbanded because of USADAâs and WADAâs point-blank refusal to cooperate with it. Simply, the UCI was left with no choice but to close it down; it made no sense to go forward without the participation of these two bodies,â the spokesperson said.
âOne can only assume that their refusal to cooperate with the Independent Commission was due to their fear that their own shortcomings would be exposed. After all, USADA and WADA also tested Armstrong over many years and also failed to catch him. It was only with the benefit of the US Federal Investigation that USADA was finally able to gain evidence of Armstrongâs doping.
âNo attempt by Travis Tygart to rewrite history will change the fact that USADA failed to catch Lance Armstrong having tested him just 49 times during his career. The UCI by comparison tested Armstrong 189 times.â The spokesperson concluded: âAs Mr Tygart himself admitted Thursday in other media reports, it was the UCI in its campaign against doping, not WADA or USADA, which caught Floyd Landis and Tyler Hamilton. And it was the UCI catching these two high-profile riders which ended up with them confessing and so enabled the investigation to move against Armstrong.â
UCI Communication Services