Tour de France champion Miguel Indurain believes Armstrong's innocence
FILE - This July 23, 2000 file photo shows Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong riding down the Champs Elysees with an American flag after the 21st and final stage of the cycling race in Paris, France, Armstrong was stripped of his seven Tour de France titles and banned for life by cycling's governing body Monday, Oct. 22, 2012, following a report from the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency that accused him of leading a massive doping program on his teams. UCI President Pat McQuaid announced that the federation accepted the USADA's report on Armstrong and would not appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport. (AP Photo/Laurent Rebours, File) Purchase photo reprints at PhotoExtra »
Five-time Tour de France champion Miguel Indurain said he believes in Lance Armstrong’s innocence after the American cyclist was stripped of his seven titles from the race.
The decision to strip Armstrong and ban him for life for doping leaves Indurain among four riders with a record five titles.
Indurain told Radio Marca that the entire case was “bizarre” since Armstong never tested positive for doping. Indurain said “it is strange they take away his tours because of the testimonies of some teammates.”
The Spanish cyclist said he expects Armstrong to challenge the governing body’s decision, which it is based on a U.S. Anti-Doping Agency report that included testimony from 26 individuals.