TYLER Hamilton, the retired cyclist who exposed Lance Armstrong as a doper in 2011, says his former teammate is still lying about testing positive at a race in 2001 and claims the Union Cycliste Internationale covered up the result.
Armstrong's insistence that he never tested positive - even when he was doping - and that the UCI didn't help bury incriminating evidence at the Tour of Switzerland 12 years ago, are two of many denials being challenged by people with first-hand knowledge.
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Armstrong body language 'unsettling'
Body language expert and researcher Patti Wood says she found the body language of Lance Armstrong 'unsettling' during his interview with Oprah Winfrey.
The UCI has trumpeted Armstrong's denials, with president Pat McQuaid stating on Friday that the organisation had been absolved of any "collusion or conspiracy" on the basis of Armstrong's statements.
There is evidence that Armstrong tested positive in 2001 and that the UCI played a role in covering it up. In an affidavit to the US Anti-Doping Agency, Hamilton said Armstrong told him he had tested positive at the Tour of Switzerland and said he understood "his [Armstrong's] people had been in touch with the UCI, they were going to have a meeting and everything would be OK".
Martial Saugy, then director of a Swiss drug testing laboratory, has also told USADA boss Travis Tygart how he was ordered by the UCI to meet Armstrong and his team boss Johan Bruyneel, to explain how to beat tests for blood booster EPO.
"If he didn't test positive then why did he tell me that morning?" Hamilton said on Sunday, following Armstrong's denials.
"Dr Saugy from Switzerland, he met with Johan Bruyneel and Lance Armstrong some time after the Tour of Switzerland and told them basically how to beat the EPO test.
"I'm not sure why he's [Armstrong] owning up to some things and not owning up to others. I assume it has something to do with his legal defence."
In his interview with Oprah Winfrey, Armstrong said of the 2001 Tour of Switzerland: "That story isn't true. There was no positive test. There was no paying off of the lab. There was no secret meeting with the lab director." Asked whether the UCI made a positive test go away, Armstrong said: "No."
Armstrong also strenuously denied that he, or any of his representatives, offered USADA a donation of $US250,000 - a claim recently made by Tygart. But Tygart's predecessor, Terry Madden, has since confirmed that "one of Lance Armstrong's closest representatives" telephoned to offer $US200,000 to $US250,000.
Madden said the Armstrong representative called Tygart - then general counsel at USADA - who came to Madden's office with the proposal. ''Ten seconds later, because of our ethics, I told Travis to turn it down,'' Madden said. ''We called back that representative and gave them our decision immediately.''
Madden said he could not name the Armstrong representative because of a pending federal whistleblower lawsuit against the cyclist. ''It's very clear, we cannot accept gifts from people we're either currently testing or would be testing in the future,'' he said.
Asked why he thought Armstrong disputed the offer, Madden said: ''It's just another personal attack on Travis and USADA.''
Hamilton told Channel Nine that he was contemptuous of Armstrong's description of his EPO use as ''not a lot". "Only a little EPO?" Hamilton said. "He could have owned that one a little bit better, that's for sure."
Hamilton's affidavit to USADA says that in the 1999 Tour de France alone, he and Armstrong injected EPO every three or four days, often in the team camper van, until the third week of the race. Hamilton said they disposed of syringes in Coke cans, though Armstrong claimed to have no recollection of such detail last week.
"He knows where these bodies are buried and he needs to tell Travis Tygart from USADA where those bodies are," he said . "If he doesn't do that he kind of just gave us the big f--- you."