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Must Reads: Questions about Chris Carmichael; Armstrong still lying, says Tyler Hamilton

  • By VeloNews.com
  • Published Jan. 20, 2013
Coach, entrepreneur and author Chris Carmichael says he never saw his client, Lance Armstrong use banned substances. Photo: VeloNews

Questions remain about doping ties to Armstrong’s coach — Gazette

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colorado — When Lance Armstrong rose to become the top cyclist in the world he took his coach, Chris Carmichael, with him.

Carmichael had been running a modest personal coaching business in his spare bedroom in Colorado Springs, but as Armstrong won one Tour de France after another, Carmichael grew his cottage industry into an empire to include dozens of employees, thousands of clients, a library of best-selling books and satellite training centers in North Carolina, Arizona and California.

After Armstrong started winning, Carmichael was inducted into the U.S. Bicycling Hall of Fame and named the United States Olympic Committee’s Coach of the Year. Today, he is the most celebrated and successful coach in endurance sports.

But now that Armstrong has admitted to doping, people who have worked with him are asking how much his long-time coach was involved, whether Carmichael overlooked the cheating to ensure his success, and if his business can survive Armstrong’s fall.

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Armstrong still lying, says former teammate — Sydney Morning Herald

SYDNEY, Australia — 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 last week 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.

The UCI has trumpeted Armstrong’s denials, with president Pat McQuaid stating on Friday the organization had been absolved of any ”collusion or conspiracy” on the basis of Armstrong’s statements.

There is evidence Armstrong tested positive in 2001 and the UCI played a role in covering up the result. In an affidavit to the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency, Hamilton outlines how Armstrong informed him he’d tested positive at the Tour of Switzerland and his understanding that ”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 he was ordered by the UCI to meet with Armstrong and team boss Johan Bruyneel to explain how to beat tests for the blood booster EPO.

”If he didn’t test positive then why did he tell me that morning?” Hamilton said on Sunday.

”Dr Saugy … 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.”

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