May 12, 2006

Armstrong doping inquiry result due in next two weeks

By Stephen Farrand

FORLI, Italy (Reuters) - International Cycling Union (UCI)
president Pat McQuaid has said the results of the independent
investigation into allegations that Lance Armstrong tested
positive for EPO during the 1999 Tour de France will be
announced in the next two weeks.

"Dutch lawyer Emile Vrijman is currently writing his final
conclusions and I understand the results will be published in
the next two weeks," McQuaid said during a visit to the Giro
d'Italia on Friday.

"I haven't a clue what's in the report but we will be given
a copy and it is possible it will be made public."

Vrijman is a former director of the Netherlands national
anti-doping agency.

In August 2005, the French sports daily L'Equipe published
evidence allegedly showing that six of Armstrong's urine
samples taken in 1999 resulted positive for the
endurance-boosting hormone EPO when they were re-tested last

The American has strongly denied ever using banned drugs
and says he is the victim of a "witch hunt."

In February, the UCI revealed that the UCI's chief medical
officer Mario Zorzoli was the unwitting source of the leaked
documents that L'Equipe used to accuse Armstrong. He was
suspended for a month but reinstated on March 28.

Armstrong retired in July last year after winning his
seventh consecutive Tour de France.