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A statement from Lance Armstrong:

"Today the independent investigator appointed by the UCI announced the results of his work in a 130-page report. I want to thank him and his staff for all their hard work and diligence in this process. I have not had an opportunity to study the report yet, but I wanted to let you know my preliminary reactions to the report.

Although I am not surprised by the report’s findings, I am pleased that they confirm what I have been saying since this witch-hunt began: Dick Pound, WADA, the French laboratory, the French Ministry of Sport, L’Equipe, and the Tour de France organizers (ASO) have been out to discredit and target me without any basis and falsely accused me of taking performance enhancing drugs in 1999. Today’s comprehensive report makes it clear that there is no truth to that accusation.

The report confirms my innocence, but also finds that Mr. Pound along with the French lab and the French ministry have ignored the rules and broken the law. They have also refused to cooperate with the investigation in an effort to conceal the full scope of their wrongdoing. I have now retired, but for the sake of all athletes still competing who deserve a level playing field and a fair system of drug testing, the time has come to take action against these kinds of attacks before they destroy the credibility of WADA and, in turn, the international anti-doping system.”
 

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Hold the presses!!! I was surfing the UCI web site to find a copy of the report, and, voila, now the UCI is pissed about the apparently premature comments about the contents of the independent report on the Armstrong 99 allegations. This is like novel, gotta love the drama!!!


31/05/2006: Press release : UCI deplores the declarations of Mr. Vrijman

The International Cycling Union has learned with great surprise de declarations conveyed to the Dutch press by Mr. Emile Vrijman, independent investigator within the frame of the urine sample analysis during the 1999 Tour de France case.

The UCI firmly deplores the behaviour of Mr. Vrijman, who has prematurely voiced, offending the agreements that foresaw that all parties implied would be informed before any public comment on the report content would be done.

Still waiting the receive the definite version of the said report written by Mr. Vrijman, the UCI underlines its deep displeasure with regards to the regrettable development of this case.

Upon reception of the document, the UCI will study in details the content before publishing it in its whole.

UCI Press Service
 

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fornaca68 said:
"Although I am not surprised by the report’s findings, I am pleased that they confirm what I have been saying since this witch-hunt began: Dick Pound, WADA, the French laboratory, the French Ministry of Sport, L’Equipe, and the Tour de France organizers (ASO) have been out to discredit and target me without any basis and falsely accused me of taking performance enhancing drugs in 1999. Today’s comprehensive report makes it clear that there is no truth to that accusation."

This seems really odd, one would presume that all Armstrong knows is what Vrijman has said to the public, i.e. that the report "completely exonerates" him. How does he know the basis of this conclusion or what the report confirms? Maybe they just found that the test was flawed.
 

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....perhaps it is because he knows that he didn't take the stuff?
OK but he says the report will confirm that all those agencies/people were out to discredit him. From what we know only the L'Equipe reporter was out to discredit him. A flawed test wouldn't mean people were out to get you would it?
 
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