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Former cycling chief denies doping cover up


Former international cycling chief Hein Verbruggen has denied allegations that the governing body covered up a suspicious drug test result by Lance Armstrong at the 2001 Tour de Suisse.

Verbruggen, who was the International Cycling Union president at the time, tells The Associated Press that "there has never, ever been a cover-up" of Armstrong's doping controls.

Armstrong's former teammate Tyler Hamilton said in a television interview Sunday that Armstrong used the blood-boosting hormone EPO to prepare for the 2001 Tour de France.

Hamilton alleged that Armstrong told him the UCI helped cover up a positive test at the Swiss warm-up event.

Tour de Suisse spokesman Rolf Huser tells the AP that organizers knew nothing about the race test results.

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