19 Dec 2013

Verbruggen dismisses Armstrong's claims

9:34 am on 19 December 2013

The former International Cycling Union president Hein Verbruggen has dismissed claims by Lance Armstrong that he helped cover up a failed drugs test and says the disgraced American has made his life a misery.

Armstrong suggested last month that in 1999 when the Texan was on his way to winning his first Tour de France title, Verbruggen had helped cover-up a positive drugs test for corticosteroids by backdating a prescription for saddle sore cream.

When asked if he colluded with Armstrong, Dutchman Verbruggen says it isn't true, and the Texan is mixing up two things, perhaps on purpose.

Armstrong was stripped of his seven Tour titles and banned from cycling for life, having been accused by the United States Anti-Doping Agency of the "most sophisticated, professionalised and successful doping programme the sport has ever seen".