Hein Verbruggen (UCI): For years cycling federation warned Armstrong and other riders

Oct 12, 2012

International cycling federation UCI warned Lance Armstrong and many other riders with suspect values when they came close to testing positive for performance enhancing drugs.
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In an interview with Vrij Nederland Hein Verbruggen states that he initiated UCI-policy to warn riders with suspect values.

For the Dutch version, click here.
The cycling federation notified Lance Armstrong back in 2001 about his values being suspect. Despite that, Verbruggen always defended Armstrong publicly. Verbruggen to Vrij Nederland: ‘It was hard for me to the extent that you know more than you can say. You have questions but you can’t express it publicly.’ Hein Verbruggen was president of the UCI from 1991-2005.

Confidential papers show that topriders and teammanagers were invited to come to the UCI headquarters in Switzerland where UCI’s chief doctor Mario Zorzoli gave them powerpoint presentations showing UCI’s anti-doping strategy and giving them information about found suspect values. Other riders were called, either by Zorzoli or by Lon Schattenberg, Dutch member of the UCI anti-doping commission.

Dutch riders were warned as well. Karsten Kroon confirms to Vrij Nederland that Lon Schattenberg called him in 2004 to inform him about his abnormal bloodvalues. Kroon was riding for the Rabobank cycling team at the time.

Australian antidoping expert Michael Ashenden, who worked on developing the blood passport for the UCI from 2008-2012 is not aware of any other federation warning athletes when they have suspect values. Ashenden says that this UCI-policy gives riders the opportunity to adjust their doping intake so they won’t test positive.

Verbruggen says he’s not interested that this policy reduces the chance of catching the cheaters. UCI tried to persuade the riders this way to stop taking performance enhancing drugs. ‘You might convince them not to use doping anymore or you might not.’

Hein Verbruggen confirms in the interview that Thomas Weisel Partners managed some of his assets from 2001-2004. Weisel was the co-owner of Armstrong’s USPostal team and one of the business partners of Armstrong. Verbruggen says he didn’t know about that. ‘But even if I had known, I wouldn’t have thought twice about it.’

The full interview will appear in the next issue of Vrij Nederland, in Dutch, available next thursday (jan 24th).
skimazk said:
Just an observation:

This explains why Lance was so certain that the BP was unbeatable.

1. You 'schedule' one BP test
- Which is not allowed be conclusive as an AAF in and of itself
2. If the values are too high, you get a warning from the UCI.
3. You talk to your physician and adjust your values
4. Schedule another BP test to confirm the adjustment
5. You get another feedback notice from the UCI
6. If feedback is another warning, repeat 3-5; Otherwise proceed
7. If all else fails, UCI will cancel EPO tests at the Tour
8. Place third while undermining your teammate
9. Go on Oprah and claim that Kirstin told you not to dope


Jul 28, 2009
There is already a thread about Hein here where this was posted about and discussed days ago. Do we really need another reiteration of the same thing? mods...tap tap hullo?