UCI President David Lappartient: I have asked Lance Armstrong to stay away from the Tour of Flanders
Jan 17 2018 10:11 pm CET

UCI President David Lappartient: I have asked Lance Armstrong to stay away from the Tour of Flanders
UCI President David Lappartient: I have asked Lance Armstrong to stay away from the Tour of Flanders
Photo of David Lappartient © FFC

UCI President David Lappartient has stated that he has sent a letter to Lance Armstrong asking him to stay away from the Tour of Flanders.

Lappartient, who was chosen as the new UCI President last September and has emphasized his fight against doping, said in an interview with Swiss newspaper Neue Zürcher Zeitung that Armstrong should stay away from cycling and that it was a bad plan to invite him to Belgium. "That's not a good idea," he said. "I brought my point of view to the organiser Wouter Vandenhaute in an intensive conversation.

"Armstrong is a free man, I can't forbid him from having a lecture at a Belgian university on Friday before the race. Nevertheless, it is not positive for cycling. I wrote a letter to Armstrong to make sure that he doesn't show up at the amateur race on Saturday or the pro race on Sunday."

The UCI boss also believes that other confessed dopers shouldn't have a role in the current cycling world, like Bjarne Riis. "He confessed, but I think the reputation of a rider speaks for itself. Riis didn't have a good image in the peloton even at active times," Lappartient commented.

"There are people for whom there aren't any legal grounds for a ban, but I don't want them to be in cycling. The return of people like Riis or Michael Boogerd isn't good."

Lappartient also wants to fight technological doping and is aware of the challenges that the UCI faces when it's about catching any attempts. "We have to make sure that cheaters have no chance. I have already expressed concerns about the tests because they are good but not good enough to exclude electronic or magnetic manipulation of bicycles," he commented.

"We will also work with X-Ray techniques, but it requires a mix of technologies. Especially since there are legal difficulties with X-Ray technology in some countries. We will work with various technologies and others that are not yet on the market. We work together with scientists. The goal is to be at the forefront of development."





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