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After Lance and Oprah: Shame on USADA, Shame on UCI !

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The U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) is the national anti-doping organization for the Olympic movement in the United States. The U.S. Congress recognized USADA as "the official anti-doping agency for Olympic, Pan American, and Paralympic sport in the United States."

Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) (English: International Cycling Union) is the world-governing body for sports cycling and oversees international competitive-cycling events. The UCI is based in Aigle, Switzerland.


We need to be sure that the millions of viewers of the Lance/Oprah TV interview see this.


The UCI under Hein Verbruggen had for years been warning many riders and Lance Armstrong when their blood tests approached legal limits.


In an interview with Vrij Nederland, Hein Verbruggen, president of the UCI from 1991-2005, states that he initiated UCI policy to warn riders with suspect values, "when they came close to testing positive for performance-enhancing drugs."


Confidential papers show that top riders and team managers 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 blood values. Kroon was riding for the Rabobank cycling team at the time.



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