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Tour de France faces seven-year win void

AFP, PARIS

“There was only a tiny minority getting good results without drugs and they really were the outsiders. The first step for the UCI is that Verbruggen has to be removed,” he added, calling for him to admit that mistakes were made.

However, Prudhomme called the UCI “pioneers” in the fight against drug use, highlighting the introduction of biological passports and increased testing, including out of competition.

Tyler Hamilton, among 11 teammates who testified against Armstrong, said he was especially sad to learn that so many riders other than him were pressured into doping to succeed.

“A lot of these younger guys were pressured into it,” he said. “It seems like there was, from what they said, a lot more pressure put on them than there was on me. It seems like Lance pressured a lot of the people, a lot of the younger riders to go ahead and do it, if not to help them, to support him. Even the doctors who were on the team were really his doctors.”

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