Hamilton hits out at UCI boss

2012-10-23 10:47

Paris - Tyler Hamilton, whose testimony helped bring down Lance Armstrong, blasted International Cycling Union (UCI) president Pat McQuaid on Tuesday, saying the Irishman has "no place" in the sport.

McQuaid had described Hamilton and Floyd Landis, who also testified against Armstrong, as "scumbags" on Monday after the UCI ratified the US Anti-Doping Agency's decision to strip Armstrong of his seven Tour de France titles.

Hamilton and Landis were among the 11 former Armstrong team-mates to testify against him.

"Pat McQuaid's comments expose the hypocrisy of his leadership and demonstrate why he is incapable of any meaningful change," Hamilton wrote in a statement on Tuesday.

"Instead of seizing an opportunity to instill hope for the next generation of cyclists, he continues to point fingers, shift blame and attack those who speak out, tactics that are no longer effective. Pat McQuaid has no place in cycling."

McQuaid had started to thank those who had testified before the USADA but then directed his anger at Hamilton and Landis, the first Armstrong team-mates to break the code of silence.

"Landis started it, he was in a bottomless hole and he said the only way out of it was to bring the sport down," McQuaid said on Monday after his hour-long media conference in Geneva.

"Another thing that annoys me is that Landis and Hamilton are being made out to be heroes. They are as far from heroes as night and day. They are not heroes, they are scumbags. All they have done is damage the sport."

Both Landis and Hamilton have said the UCI covered up an Armstrong positive test for the banned blood booster EPO at the 2001 Tour de Suisse.

The UCI, however, have denied covering up a test, producing on Monday what they said was evidence that an Armstrong sample was 'suspicious', not 'positive'.

"We did not cover up anything because there was nothing to be covered up," said McQuaid.

Landis, who was stripped of his 2006 Tour title for doping, admitted in 2010 to using performance-enhancing drugs and said his former team leader at US Postal, Armstrong, also cheated.


  • Rick.Gonzo.56 - 2012-10-23 11:01

    Cyclists are like angry jockeys

  • - 2012-10-23 11:07

    McQuaid is a tw@t who has shown his true colours and class (NOT!) numerous times. Get rid if him too.

  • delish7564 - 2012-10-23 11:21

    If the test was "suspicious" why wasn't another one done? This whole thing smacks of a cover up and whilst I don't condone drug taking, this has turned into a witch hunt. If there was even a slight inkling all those years ago something should have been done then not now. What happened then due to tests not being available or whatever or different drugs taken that are only now being tested, should not be retrospective. That comes with improvements in technology but should only apply now, not going back. The whole situation is pathetic...if the cyclists felt so strongly about this, they should have had the guts to come out and say something then, not now. What did they think, that by owning up and "outing" Lance it would make things right and absolve them? In that sense they are "scumbags" however, doesn't excuse the official body either they are just as much to blame and hypocrites as Hamilton said!

  • oopkop.denker - 2012-10-23 11:57

    I think McQuaid needs to be tested for drugs too!

  • john.p.steyn - 2012-10-23 12:00

    A stupid sport anyway. Funny clownsuits make me laugh.

      robert.p.gemmell - 2012-10-24 08:42

      Stupid sport wow i think you can't ride a bicycle that's why you think it's stupid.

  • robert.p.gemmell - 2012-10-24 08:41

    Shows people where cycling is at the moment. at the bottom of the pile. get rid of this idiot bring in some one who has a massive job ahead of him in lifting cycling and especially the |Tour de France out of its hole. maybe we should test this fool to see if he has a brain cause he is not using it.

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