Whistle-blower Hamilton claims Armstrong still lying about testing positive in 2001

Wellington, Jan 21(ANI): Lance Armstrong's former teammate and whistle-blower, Tyler Hamilton has claimed the banned cyclist is still mendacious about testing positive at a race in 2001, and he also accused the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCL) of covering up the result.

Armstrong's insistence last week during his doping confession on the Oprah Winfrey chat show 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, Stuff.co.nz reports.

The UCI is banking on Armstrong's denials, with president Pat McQuaid stating on Friday the organisation had been cleared of any collusion or conspiracy' on the basis of Armstrong's statements, the paper added.

There is evidence Armstrong tested positive in 2001 and the UCI played a role in covering up the result.

In an affidavit to the US Anti-Doping Agency (USADA), Hamilton claimed how Armstrong informed him he had tested positive at the Tour of Switzerland and his understanding that the American's people had been in touch with the UCI, they were going to have a meeting and everything would be fine, the paper further said.

Martial Saugy, then director of a Swiss drug testing laboratory, has also told USADA boss Travis Tygart he was ordered by the UCI to meet with Armstrong and team boss Johan Bruyneel to explain how to beat tests for blood booster EPO.

Hamilton claimed if Armstrong didn't test positive then why did he tell him about the positive test that morning.

Hamilton added Saugy met with Johan Bruyneel and Armstrong some time after the Tour of Switzerland and told them basically how to beat the EPO test.

Hamilton further said he was not sure why Armstrong is owning up to some things and not owning up to others. (ANI)

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