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strong claims former
Union president Hein
Verbruggen instigated a
cover-up of his doping at
the 1999 Tour de France.
Armstrong told Britain s
Daily Mail newspaper in
an interview published
yesterday that Verbruggen
insisted "we ve got to
come up with something"
to explain his positive tests for a banned corticos-
Cycling s governing body, the UCI, appeared to
ignore its own anti-doping rules when it accepted
Armstrong s backdated prescription for a cream to
treat saddle sores.
That allowed Armstrong to continue in the race
and he went on to win the first of his seven Tours,
helping revive the sport after doping scandals wrecked
the 1998 Tour.
"The real problem was, the sport was on life support,"
Armstrong was quoted telling the newspaper. "And
Hein just said, This is a real problem for me, this is
the knockout punch for our sport ... so we ve got to
come up with something. So we backdated the pre-
Though Armstrong has acknowledged the prescrip-
tion excuse in a television interview with Oprah Winfrey,
he had not previously linked Verbruggen or other UCI
officials with a cover-up.
Verbruggen, who served as UCI president until 2005,
did not respond to phone messages yesterday.
The Dutch official, who is still listed by the UCI as
its honorary president, has long denied any collusion
with Armstrong despite widespread claims the Amer-
ican rider was protected.
Armstrong spoke out while the UCI is in the process
of creating an independent commission that will exam-
ine alleged official collusion, and he is expected to be
the star witness.
Armstrong, who is seeking a reduction in his lifetime
ban, said that he would reveal details of how the UCI
"I have no loyalty toward them," he said. "In the
proper forum I ll tell everyone what they want to know.
I m not going to lie to protect these guys. I hate them.
They threw me under the bus."
In October 2012, the UCI decided not to challenge
a US Anti-Doping Agency verdict to strip Armstrong
of his Tour titles and ban him for life. Verbruggen s
successor, Pat McQuaid, said the disgraced rider
deserved to be forgotten by the sport.
The UCI has been led since September by British
official Brian Cookson, who defeated McQuaid in a
presidential election where the Armstrong case and
cycling s doping past were central issues.
In a statement yesterday, the UCI said its commission
would "invite individuals to provide evidence."
"We would urge all those involved to come forward
and help the Commission in its work in the best inter-
ests of the sport of cycling," the governing body said.
"This investigation is essential to the well-being
of cycling in fully understanding the doping culture
of the past, the role of the UCI at that time and
helping us all to move forward to a clean and healthy
TORONTO---The Portland Trail Blazers won their
sixth straight game with a 118-110 overtime victory
over the Toronto Raptors on Sunday night after
LaMarcus Aldridge and Damian Lillard each scored
25 points and Nicolas Batum added 24.
Lillard was three for three from the floor in the
extra period as the Blazers escaped after blowing a
17-point lead in regulation.
Rudy Gay forced overtime with a buzzer-beating
layup and equaled a season high with 30 points to go
with ten rebounds. DeMar DeRozan scored 29 points
and Jonas Valanciunas added a season-high 19.
The Blazers made a season-high 15 3-pointers, fin-
ishing 15 for 32 from beyond the arc. Toronto made
Jordan Hill had career highs of 24 points and 17
rebounds for the Lakers, and Nick Young and Jodie
Meeks scored 19 points each in Los Angeles 114-99
victory over the Detroit Pistons.
Steve Blake had nine points and 16 assists for the
Lakers, who made a late surge for just their second
victory in six games. Los Angeles scored 16 consecutive
points in a rally spanning the third and fourth quarters,
holding Detroit without a field goal for more than five
Brandon Jennings scored 23 points and Andre Drum-
mond had 14 points and 13 rebounds for the Pistons,
who have lost five of six.
At Sacramento, California, Zach Randolph scored
nine of his 22 points in the fourth quarter and also
had ten rebounds to lead the Memphis Grizzlies over
the Sacramento Kings 97-86.
The Grizzlies led by 20 points in the third quarter
and survived a second-half rally by the Kings to win
their second straight on their four-game road trip that
included tough matches last night against the Clippers
and tomorrow at Golden State. (AP)
Raptors in OT
Portland Trail Blazers' LaMarcus Aldridge goes up
for a shot against Toronto Raptors' Amir Johnson
during an NBA match in Toronto on Sunday. Blazers
won 118-110 in overtime. AP PHOTO
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