Radio Sandwell Sport

Lance Armstrong is innocent of doping - Miguel Indurain

2012-10-24 00:10:03

Lance Armstrong and Miguel Indurain

Five-time Tour de France winner Miguel Indurain believes Lance Armstrong is not guilty of doping.

The International Cycling Union (UCI) has accepted the findings of the United States Anti-Doping Agency's (Usada) investigation into doping and stripped Armstrong of his seven Tour titles.

"Even now I believe in his innocence. He has always respected all the rules," Indurain told Radio Marca in Spain. 

"I'm a bit surprised. It's strange that this was only based on testimonies."

Indurain, who won his titles between 1991 and 1995, added: "I think he will come back and appeal and try to show that he played fair for all those years."

The UCI's decision to annul Armstrong's results from 1 August 1998 once again makes Spanish legend Indurain the joint record-holder in the Tour, alongside Belgium's Eddy Merckx and Frenchmen Bernard Hinault and Jacques Anquetil.

He is not the only cyclist to have spoken out in support of Armstrong.

British cyclist Roger Hammond called the Texan a "fantastic" team-mate who "never, ever" offered him performance-enhancing substances.

Fellow British cyclist Alex Dowsett, who rode for the US-based Trek-LiveStrong squad, called Armstrong a "legend" for his battle back from cancer.

And Olympic gold medallist and USA cycling coach Jamie Staff told BBC South East Today: "He's been kind of a scapegoat really.

"A lot of people have done it, probably everyone in his generation.

"He seems to be the one everyone is picking on, probably as he was the most successful."


Share this story

Related Stories

Sport around the web

Olmedo wins French 2000

Pundits pick England Test squad

Southampton v Man City LIVE!

Man Utd v Watford LIVE!

50 great World Cup moments: Nelinho's sublime strike for Brazil against Italy - 1978

Euro Papers: €15m more for Griezmann

Is Hamilton's pole a decisive shift at front in F1? All you need to know about Spanish GP

Walsh eyes French return

Chennai v Sunrisers scorecard/commentary

Donoghue pleased as goal drought ends

Image Slider