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UCI knew doping system was flawed: Pound

AFP, LOS ANGELES

“What is going to be a surprise is [if] after all this, Lance persists in saying he never did it. You got to hope he will ... admit: ‘I was the best of the worst,’” he said.

Pound said cancer survivor Armstrong should also speak out against the use of performance-enhancing drugs, not just for himself, but his five children.

“What are his kids going to think of him? They are going to carry around this burden,” said Pound, while stating that many Armstrong supporters, especially in the US, are still likely to dismiss the allegations.

“There are a lot of people who have a big emotional investment in Armstrong,” Pound said, alluding to the rider’s comeback from cancer and the tens of millions of US dollars he has raised to help people affected by the disease. “They don’t want to know that he was a cheater ... but if the pedestal he is on proves to be something he got by cheating, it isn’t much of a pedestal.”

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