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Must Reads: IOC moving against Armstrong; Wiggins ‘lucky’ with crash

  • By VeloNews.com
  • Published Nov. 30, 2012

IOC moving against Armstrong on medal — Associated Press

The International Olympic Committee will begin steps to take away the bronze medal Lance Armstrong won at the 2000 Olympic Games.

The Associated Press reported Friday that the IOC would take on the issue at meetings next week in Switzerland.

“The board will consider this case,” IOC vice president Thomas Bach, a German lawyer who heads the body’s doping investigations, told AP on Friday. “The board is following a zero-tolerance policy on doping.”

Craig Reedie, an IOC vice president from Britain, added: “We need to get this one behind us.”

The AP also reported that the IOC has no plans to reallocate Armstrong’s bronze medal to any other rider, just as the UCI decided not to pick winners for the Tour de France titles once held by the American.

That means Spanish rider Abraham Olano, who finished fourth in Sydney, would not be upgraded and the third-place spot would be left vacant in the Olympic records, the AP reported.

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Wiggins says crash ‘blessing in disguise’ — Sky Sports

Tour de France champion Bradley Wiggins says he was lucky to have escaped serious injury in a crash earlier this month and said the incident was a “blessing in disguise.”

Speaking to Sky Sports during a break at a training camp in Mallorca, Wiggins said he considers himself fortunate he was not more seriously injured.

“Looking back now, coming off as bad as I did, it was a blessing in disguise because things were getting a bit out of control. It’s nice to get back to what I do best, which is riding my bike,” he said. “I was very lucky, it could have been a long, long lay-off, but fortunately it was just 10 days and I was just back on the bike.”

Wiggins also said he does not enjoy the “celebrity lifestyle” that has come with his historic Tour victory.

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